Non-Strikers Who Have Outscored Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.