Football strikers are usually saddled with the responsibility of bailing out their team when in need or in search of a goal.
And when they fail to carry out their primary assignment as a striker, due to loss of form or personal problem, they’re been term as a failure, flop, or named worst strikers with a lot of criticism and backlash from the fans.
However, they’re always faced with the chance of making the fans forget how profligate they’ve been in front of goal by scoring in another match. But on the other hand, when the profligacy continues with a low goal ratio been scored, such a striker would be classified as a flop or failure.
While the aforementioned statement is an undeniable fact, there are also some players who have got great talent and shown that they could deliver but flattered to deceive.
Talking about strikers who flopped and failed to deliver due to injuries, age, or just consistent poor form, they’re rarely remembered, except for how worst they were.
Today on Cheapgoals, we list out the top 10 worst strikers in the world from 2010-20.
But note before we begin, we’re not saying all of the players on this list tagged ” worst strikers” ain’t talented in one way or the other, they weren’t just fortunate enough in delivering their primary services.
- Yaya Sanogo – (Toulouse)
Every Arsenal supporters who followed Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal could still relate with the name Sanogo? The Frenchman was secured from France, then he was relatively unknown as at the time he was signed.
‘Le Professeur‘ believed he was investing in a young player with great potential but the truth is, he was mistaken and wrong.
In 2008, Sanogo scored his first league goal for the Gunners, and everyone who saw the young striker thought that would be the beginning of great things to come for him.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, he never lived up to expectation, as he went to become a player who couldn’t control or pass the ball, let alone put the ball at the back of the net.
Yaya Sanogo now plies his trade with Toulouse, since 2017 with over 63 appearances and 12 goals.
Having had a loan spell at Crystal Palace, Ajax Amsterdam, and Charlton, yet he never showed to all of this clubs that he could lead their line without fear of him not delivering, as such he wasn’t any better in all of his loan spells and was eventually released by Arsenal.
- David Ngog – (Zalgiris)
Like Yaya Sanogo like David Ngog, the Frenchman was also signed by the then Champions League winner manager Rafael Benitez for Liverpool, at age 19 from Paris Saint Germain for £1.5m.
According to Benitez who said “Liverpool are finding players like Ngog, players with quality who are not a high price“, with such a statement from the Spaniard, he could have thought Ngog would perhaps end up being one of the finest strikers in the world bearing in mind that he was just a teenager then.
Ngog’s stint with the Anfield side ended with over 63 appearances and 9 goals, despite his low goal ratio, the Frenchman was dimmed good enough by Bolton who went out of their way to coughed out £4m for his service. In 33 appearances he only managed to score three goals as Bolton eventually got relegated in 2011-12.
He got another opportunity to play in the Premier League on loan for Swansea City, having failed at Liverpool and Bolton who he couldn’t rescue from relegating.
He had three appearances and failed to score a goal for Swansea before he was finally sold to Stade de Reims in France, and as we speak David Ngog now plies his trade with Zalgiris. Couldn’t escape being on our list of worst strikers since 2010.
- Jeremie Aliadiere – (Retired)
Arsene Wenger was known for his ability to catch them young and cheap. In terms of spending when it comes to the transfer market, and for those he signed -Thierry Henry and the likes who had gone to become a legend for the club and other clubs they donned their jersey.
However, in Aliadiere’s case, his signing turned out to be a huge flop and failure for the North London side.
The Frenchman was signed as a teenager with a bundle of talent, but couldn’t break into Arsenal‘s starting XI despite the hype as one of the fast-rising football stars during his six years stint. He got his chance to play for the Gunners, and he managed just one goal.
Having failed to make a mark with Arsenal, Aliadiere was loaned to West Ham and Wolverhampton where he also failed to deliver, his stint there was equally a failure.
However, if any of the aforementioned clubs couldn’t remember him for good, Middlesbrough faithful will perhaps have something nice to say about him, scoring 12 goals in 86 appearances.
- Connor Sammon – (Falkirk)
The Republic of Ireland forward Sammon is another one-season wonder striker that failed to build on his decent stint with Kilmarnock when he signed for Wigan Athletic.
Roberto Martinez’s Latics side was lacking goals in the final third, and to solve that problem, the Spaniard signed Sammon in 2011 for a fee of around £600k with the hope that he would come good. Sammon’s stint ended with huge disappointment.
His two seasons with Wigan were described as abysmal, a word that depicts how poor he fared with ‘The Latics‘ scoring just a single goal. Derby County secured his service in 2012, where he spent four seasons with over 84 appearances and 10 goals to his name.
Following his stint with Derby County, he was thereafter loaned out to Ipswich Town, where he also disappointed in terms of achieving his primary objectives. And since then the Republic of Ireland forward has been a journeyman moving from one club to another.
- Victor Anichebe – (Unattached)
Mentioning Nigerian players that have donned the jersey of Everton in the past, Yakubu, Amokachi, and Anichebe’s name will always come to the mind of every football enthusiast who saw them play for the Toffees.
Yakubu will be remembered for his goalscoring prowess and ability to bully defenders, and Amokachi to some extent even though he never had a very successful stint with the blue side of Anfield, unlike Yak in terms of goalscoring.
As for Anichebe, he will also be remembered for all of his potentials growing right from the academy. He was never billed as a free-scoring striker that could get his team at least 20 goals season in, season out. Although the Nigerian International scored 27 times in 197 appearances, which is equivalent to one goal per seven or eight games throughout his twelve years stint.
Perhaps Anichebe’s career could have turned out great, the fact that he was constantly injured and lacks fitness didn’t really help his football career, as such he was listed among the worst strikers in football as the stats suggested.
- Vincent Janssen – (Monterrey)
When Tottenham Hotspur signed Janssen from AZ Alkmaar they must have thought they’ve gotten a good striker that could deputize upfront for the London side in the absence of Harry Kane.
The Dutch forward was regarded as one of the finest and best young players in the world, having painted the Eredivisie with goals before he moved for a big money from AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham in the summer of 2016.
Janssen’s made his mark with AZ and that was what made Tottenham sign him for a fee worth £17m, so he could take the pressure off Kane. The Dutchman couldn’t replicate the kind of form he showed with AZ Alkmaar, as such ended up being another Roberto Soldado, scoring just six goals for Spurs.
Following his failed adventure in England, the Dutchman thereafter moved to the Turkish league with Fenerbahce on loan the following season, before later completing a permanent move to Mexico with Monterrey in 2018
- Andreas Cornelius – (Parma)
In preparation for a new life in the Premier League, Cardiff smashed their transfer record to bring in Danish forward Cornelius from Copenhagen for £8m in 2013 at age 20, following his impressive goalscoring exploit in the Danish league.
Cornelius was identified by Malky Mackey as a striker who knew where the goal was. Unfortunately for Mackey and Cardiff City, it turned out to be a sorry case, as injury problems hampered his Cardiff career, and went 11 games without scoring a goal.
The following season, the club owner was disappointed in the deal, and his signing was investigated which was later revealed that the club paid too much for his transfer.
After six months with Cardiff, he returned back to Denmark on a cut-price, which depicts how bad his performances were for the ‘Bluebirds’.
Perhaps if Cardiff City management looks back at some of their transfer dealings in the market, the Cornelius deal would be a sad one as he turns out to be one of the worst strikers to splash on.
- Jackson Martinez – (Portimonense)
Martinez’s name would no doubt go down well in the history book of Porto as one of their finest strikers. The Colombian international played for the Portuguese Primeira Liga giant and scored a lot of goals for the dragon’s between 2011-16.
That outstanding performances with FC Porto convinced Diego Simeone led side Atletico Madrid to splashed €35m on him.
Life in La Liga didn’t really go down well with Martinez, and according to a report he had an issue with Diego Simeone, who was supposedly discontent with the Colombian forward lack of responsibility. As such he was sold to Guangzhou Evergrande for €42m, just a month following his move to Madrid playing a total of 39 matches with 10 goals to his name.
Martinez now plies his trade with Portimonense in Portugal, joining permanently from Guangzhou after his loan deal expires, a club that can’t be compared to all of the European clubs he once donned their shirt in terms of qualities and pedigree.
The 33-year forward certainly needs to continue playing football, and to do so he needs where he could start regularly, and he’s surely got that in Portimonense where he played 24 games and scored one goal in the 2019-20 campaign.
- Konstantinos Mitroglou – (Marseille)
Mitroglou may not be the Lewandowski or Suarez of this world in terms of quality performances on the pitch and talent-wise. However, the Greece International meant a whole lot to the fans of Olympiacos during his stint with the Greek side.
He was no doubt one of the best players in the league before he moved to team up with Fulham.
On the back of his prolific goalscoring spell with the ‘Red-Whites‘, Mitroglou was signed by Fulham to help them scale through the hurdle of relegation. Alas, things never went according to plan as the Greece international failed in replicating the kind of form that made Fulham lured him to England.
Although Mitroglou wasn’t a bad player, he’s just not lucky, couple with injuries or perhaps he cannot play away from his comfort zone in Greece where he shone like a million stars. Since he left Fulham, he has been going from one loan to another.
- Ricky Van Wolfswinkel – (Basel)
Norwich City, Saint Etienne, and Real Betis on loan were the three clubs the Dutchman donned their jersey and failed to deliver.
He had 25 appearances with Norwich with just a single goal, at Saint Etienne he had 28 appearances and scored five goals, while at Real Betis he had 16 appearances and a single goal. However, the other clubs he turned out for did show how talented and good he could be, especially at Utrecht and Sporting CP.
Norwich paid £8.5m to signed Wolfswinkel with the hope that he’s going to improve their goalscoring up front but failed to turn out what was expected from the Dutch forward who had an amazing stint with Utrecht and Sporting Lisbon.
The Dutchman is currently plying his trade with FC Basel where he’s getting on fine with the Swiss giant.
- Andy Carroll – (Newcastle)
Following the departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, Liverpool went on to secure the service of the Englishman from Newcastle following his prolific stint with the Tyneside club, where he netted 11 goals in 19 matches.
Carroll only netted six Premier League goals in 44 appearances for Liverpool, before going on to join West Ham in the 2012-13 season, thereafter he was signed permanently by the Hammers playing over 102 matches with 26 goals.
The English forward will be remembered as one of the most expensive British players that never lived up to expectation, despite the big hype by the English media tagging him as the next big thing in English football.
- Bebe – (Rayo Vallecano)
Tiago Manuel Dias Correia (Bebe) would go down in the history of football as the worst strikers the game has ever seen.
The Portuguese forward joined Premier League giant Manchester United in 2010 for a fee worth around £7.4m. Having joined from Guimaraes, it was expected that he would follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Nani and Ronaldo who both had a wonderful stint with the ‘Red Devils’.
Bebe’s four years at Old Trafford didn’t only end in disappointment, he barely secured regular football due to frequent injuries as his career with Manchester United ended as one of the worst strikers in United’s history.
Bebe went on a couple of loans, yet he couldn’t shoulder the goals problem of the clubs he went to. This shows the Portuguese forward he’s not the kind of player that would ever get to the level of Nani talk more of Ronaldo. Eventually, he was allowed to leave United in 2014 permanently.
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Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.