Even the Premier League’s most potent strikers can have their dry spells. Gabriel Jesus, who netted 13 times in 29 appearances during Manchester City’s title-winning campaign last season, is currently on 11 games without a goal.
Even the reliable Eden Hazard hasn’t found the net since early October. But they all still have a long way to go before they join the Prem’s all-time goal droughts. Here’s a look at 10 top-flight attackers who at one time or another couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo.
10. Jeremie Aliadiere (39 games)
Jeremie Aliadiere scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 5-2 win over West Brom in 2002 but had to wait a further five years for his second. Indeed, the Frenchman didn’t hit the back of the net again during his four full seasons with the Gunners, nor his seven-game loan spell with West Ham.
The Clairefontaine academy graduate, currently plying his trade with Ligue 2 side Lorient, eventually added to his league tally while playing for Middlesbrough at Old Trafford in 2007. Not that his first goal in 39 games mattered too much; the Teesiders still ended up losing 4-1.
9. Paul Stewart (40 Games)
Paul Stewart looked like becoming an Anfield hero when he netted the winner against Sheffield United on his Anfield debut in 1992. But in fact he never scored another Premier League goal for the Reds again.
Following a four-season stint plagued by injuries and inconsistent form, the three-time England international was shipped off to a Division One Sunderland. Stewart quickly became a vital part of their promotion-winning side but once again struggled to make much of an impact in the top flight.
In fact, it took him until October to score a belated second Premier League goal (in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa) and his season tally of four wasn’t enough to save the Wearsiders from relegation.
8. El Hadji Diouf (40 games)
Diouf also began his career with Liverpool promisingly, netting twice on his 2002 Anfield debut in a 3-0 win over Southampton. But again, such scoring prowess proved to be a rarity and fans had to wait another 19 games for another (and final) league goal for their side from the hot-headed Senegalese.
That came in a 2-0 win over Bolton, the team that Diouf would later join following a nightmare second season with the Reds in which he didn’t score at all. By the time he bagged the Wanderers’ opening goal during their 2004 2-1 win against Newcastle, he’d equalled Stewart’s 40-game drought.
7. Iain Dowie (40 games)
The holy trinity of forwards who went 40 Premier League games without a goal is completed by none other than Iain Dowie. The Northern Irish international started his second spell with West Ham respectably enough, netting eight times in his first full season with the club.
However after scoring a brace in a 4-2 win over Manchester City in 1996, the striker never bothered the Premier League scoresheet again. And he had plenty of opportunities to do so. Dowie made 23 appearances during the Hammers 1996/97 campaign and a further 12 in the following season before being offloaded to QPR.
6. Ronny Rosenthal (45 games)
Perhaps it was the pressure of competing with Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann for a regular place in the Tottenham line-up of the mid-1990s. Or perhaps he was still haunted by that iconic miss at Villa Park. Ronny Rosenthal never really got going during his three-year spell at White Hart Lane.
The Israeli striker failed to score at all in his first full Premier League season there. And after netting an equaliser against West Ham in March 1995, he took a full two years to further add to his league tally – a consolation goal in Spurs’ 4-2 defeat away to Derby County.