Initially benched for Manchester City’s FA Cup encounter with Wigan on Sunday, Edin Dzeko came into the match in the 53rd minute, hit the woodwork once and missed his other three shots.
Inauspiciously known as one of European football’s most wasteful strikers, the 27-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina international requires nearly 10 shots for every goal he scores and has converted just over 10 per cent of his opportunities so far this season.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, on the other hand, needs only 5.29 shots for every goal and has a conversion rate of 18 per cent. And Diego Costa, who has been on fire for Atletico Madrid this term, is finding the back of the net with nearly a quarter of the shots he takes.
In the following slideshow, we’ll examine 20 of the European game’s more inefficient attackers—centre-forwards, support strikers and attack-minded wingers who seem to need countless chances before making something happen.
The metrics: shots per goal and rate of proficiency.
Dzeko, needless to say, is featured in this ranking. But where?
Let’s get started and find out.