It's been a frustrating season for Fernando Torres
Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Liverpool's Andy Carroll will forever be linked as the two big-money signings of the January 2011 transfer window. Sadly for them, they also share the distinction of not living up to expectations.
Torres was one of the Premier League's top-rated strikers during his four seasons with Liverpool. Between 2007 and 2011, he scored 65 goals in 102 appearances. Since his transfer to Chelsea for a fee of £50 million, Torres has been a major disappointment. He has scored just four league goals and has spent more time on the bench than the pitch.
The 23-year-old Carroll moved from Newcastle to Liverpool in a huge £35 million transfer deal. Carroll was brought in to be Torres' replacement and was immediately under the microscope. Whether fair or not, Carroll has been having a hard time living up to the expectations.
With just four games remaining in the 2011-2012 campaign, Torres has scored three goals and contributed four assists. Carroll sits at four goals with one assist.
Meanwhile, there are a number of midfield players and one defender who have outscored both of these big-name strikers. Here's a look at who they are:
Thomas Vermaelen leads all defenders in goal scoring
Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen has become a core part of the club's defensive unit. It doesn't hurt that he also has a knack for scoring as well. In 25 league appearances this season, Vermaelen has notched six goals and has one assist. Vermaelen scored game-winners in two consecutive matches versus Newcastle and Everton in March.
Clint Dempsey scores another
Lampard scores from the spot
It's no surprise that Chelsea's Frank Lampard is on this list. The club's long-serving midfielder has put the ball in the back of the net 11 times in 28 league matches. He has also provided five assists.
Gareth Bale scores a goal
Pilkington has made a name for himself in the EPL
Anthony Pilkington's first season in top-tier English football has been very impressive. His eight goals and one assist in 27 appearances have played a large part in Norwich's successful season.
Sessegnon nets another
Gylfi Sigurdsson has made a big impact for Swansea City
Swansea City has been one of the major surprises of the 2011-2012 EPL campaign. Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is one of Swansea's breakout stars. He joined the club on loan from German side Hoffenheim this past January and has already contributed seven goals and two assists in just 14 appearances.
Arteta has been a major part of Arsenal's revival
When Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona this past summer, the club turned to another Spaniard to work the midfield. Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal in August and has established himself as a major player for the club. Before his current injury, Arteta made 31 appearances with seven goals and two assists.
Sebastian Larsson has mastered the art of the free kick
David Silva celebrates
David Hoilett has been a bright spot in Blackburn's season
Adam Johnson nets one for Manchester City
Adam Johnson has had to wait for his turns in the Manchester City lineup, but he has contributed when given the chance. The midfielder has appeared in 25 matches with six goals and two assists.
QPR's Jamie Mackie
Queens Park Rangers have been fighting for their Premier League survival. Contributing to the cause is midfielder Jamie Mackie. He has gotten on the score sheet six times in 27 matches and also has two assists.
Ashley Young of Manchester United
Lately, Ashley Young is getting more headlines for his alleged diving ability rather than his scoring skills. Regardless, the Manchester United midfielder has notched five goals and contributed seven assists in 22 appearances.
Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa
French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has been a major contributor to Newcastle's successful season. In 21 EPL appearances, Ben Arfa has five goals along with five assists.
Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard
Despite missing a large part of the season, Liverpool's Steven Gerrard has shown why he is the club's captain. The midfielder has appeared in just 17 games and has still outscored his teammate Andy Carroll with five goals and one assist.
Jordi Gómez scores for Wigan
Andy Carroll may have had limited success with Liverpool so far, however, he recently etched his name in club history. His header in the 87th minute gave Liverpool a 2-1 FA Cup semifinal victory over their rivals Everton.