Premier League: Who Are the Underperforming Strikers in the Top Flight?

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 10, 2013

Premier League: Who Are the Underperforming Strikers in the Top Flight?

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    Who are the underperforming strikers in the English Premier League?

    We look at several names who, over the course of the entire season, have underwhelmed us as fans and spectators.

    Some are players who looked dangerous last year, while others are serial offenders.

    Who joins Emmanuel Adebayor on the list?

Danny Graham

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    This move has time to work out and develop, but for the moment Danny Graham is brutally underperforming.

    Whether it's struggling to justify a £5 million fee or nerves surrounding a return to the area he grew up in is unclear, but no goals in five starts (and two sub appearances) is poor.

    With Steven Fletcher fit, Sunderland fans were happy in the knowledge they had Graham as backup—after all, he was a great supersub for Swansea.

    However, with Fletcher injured, the prospect of Graham starting wasn't great. Paolo Di Canio felt the same way, and started Connor Wickham in his first game at Chelsea. 

Nikica Jelavic

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    Oh dear oh dear.

    Nikica Jelavic was the bargain buy of the month in January 2012, but the Croatian has well and truly cooled off after a blistering half-season at Goodison Park.

    Seven goals from 25 starts this season and a host of missed chances hurts, but being dropped for the game at Tottenham was a real stinger.

    Jelavic has a nine percent conversion rate for the campaign.

Emmanuel Adebayor

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    Just the three league goals for Emmanuel Adebayor this season as he continues his trend of not playing well just as soon as he's landed a permanent contract.

    One of those came as recently as this weekend against Everton, and to be fair to the Togolese hitman, he put in a very good shift.

    Over the course of the season, however, he's left a lot of fans wanting and failed to step up in the absence of other key men. 

Fernando Torres

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    Fernando Torres' striking record this season is perplexing—more than 15 total goals, but just seven in the league.

    What's going on? His last league goal was in December against Aston Villa, but it's arguable that a six-year-old could have got on the scoresheet during that 8-0 rout.

    Signs of life against Rubin Kazan were followed by a spirited, hungry 45 against Sunderland. Hopefully, it's not a false dawn.

Grant Holt

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    No wonder Chris Hughton felt it necessary to sign Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £8.5 million ahead of next year's campaign.

    Grant Holt is the joint-top scorer at the club, but that's no achievement when you consider he's only bagged five. That's level with winger Robert Snodgrass and just one more than Anthony Pilkington. 

All of Stoke's

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    Stoke need to start scoring or they're going to drop out of the English Premier League.

    The once rock-hard defensive stability is seemingly on holiday, and no team in the league has picked up fewer points in 2013 than the Potters (5).

    As a team, they've scored just seven goals this year; Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters, Michael Owen and Cameron Jerome have bagged a paltry one each.