Non-Strikers Who Have Outscored Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll

Jocelyn Taub@@JT4Mets4ArsenalCorrespondent IApril 20, 2012

Non-Strikers Who Have Outscored Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll

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    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

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    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

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    Fulham's American midfielder Clint Dempsey is in the midst of a breakout season. Dempsey is currently the EPL's fourth-leading goal scorer with 16. He has also contributed five assists in 33 games.

Frank Lampard

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    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

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    Tottenham's Gareth Bale has established himself as one of the Premier League's rising stars. The Welsh midfielder has nine goals and eight assists in 31 EPL matches.

Anthony Pilkington

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    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.

Stéphane Sessègnon

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    Stéphane Sessègnon has made a name for himself in the Premier League this season. The midfielder from Benin joined Sunderland from Paris Saint-Germain during the same transfer window as Torres and Carroll. Sessègnon has netted seven goals along with nine assists in 32 appearances.


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    Manchester United's Nani continues to be a contributor to the club's run of success. The midfielder is responsible for eight goals and eight assists in 26 league appearances this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

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    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.

Mikel Arteta

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    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

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    Sweden's Sebastian Larsson has scored some amazing long-distance goals from free kicks. The Sunderland midfielder has seven goals and two assists in 31 appearances for the Black Cats.

David Silva

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    In their attempt to win the EPL title, Manchester City brought in some big-name players. One of those is Spaniard David Silva. In 32 games, the midfielder has scored six times while assisting on 13 goals.

David Hoilett

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    Canadian footballers in the Premier League are a rarity. The 21-year-old David Hoilett is helping to put his country on the map. The midfielder has been an important part of Blackburn's fight for EPL survival. In 30 league appearances, Hoilett has notched seven goals and five assists.

Adam Johnson

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    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.

Jamie Mackie

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    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

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    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.

Hatem Ben Arfa

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    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.

Steven Gerrard

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    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

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    Spanish midfielder Jordi Gómez has been a major contributor in Wigan's attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League. In 25 appearances, Gómez has scored five goals, including the winner in Wigan's recent 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

Andy Carroll

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    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.