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Top 15 Worst Strikers in Premier League History

Some of the greatest strikers of their eras featured for noteworthy and memorable Premier League sides. It would be understandable if pockets of Tottenham Hotspur supporters still had nightmares that involved Thierry Henry burying tallies against Spurs. Henry was more than just a dominant goal-scorer. He was a member of The Invincibles and, when at his best, arguably the best overall talent that the Premier League has ever seen. Along with Henry among the greatest strikers in Premier League history would have to be well-known names such as Eric Cantona, Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba and, of course, Wayne Rooney.

Not every front man who has been acquired by a Premier League team has been a star. There is no one reason why every flop on this list did not work out for the teams that paid them considerable amounts of money. In some cases, the individual was merely not ready to be a key component for a club playing in one of the most-competitive leagues in the world. Others, however, were either not good enough or not physically and/or emotionally capable of finding the back of the net when playing underneath the spotlight that comes with being part of the Premier League.

All 15 of the men mentioned in this piece deserve to be listed among the worst strikers to have ever played in the Premier League. They were all, in one way or another, wastes of money for the Premier League sides that splashed cash to acquire those players. Perhaps the best story of the 15 is the one that stars a man who never should have played a second of meaningful Premier League football due to the fact that he was not, in fact, a legitimate professional footballer. You have to give that man credit for being able to sneak onto the pitch before it was learned that he was not who he said he was.

15 Andreas Cornelius 

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14 Ricky van Wolfswinkel 

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13 Tomas Brolin 

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12 Afonso Alves 

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11 Andriy Shevchenko 

10 Milton Nunez 

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9 Stephane Guivarc'h 

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8 Sean Dundee 

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7 Andreas Lund 

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6 Ade Akinbiyi 

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5 Michele Padovano 

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4 Marco Boogers 

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3 Roberto Soldado 

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2 Bosko Balaban 

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1 Ali Dia 

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One could not be blamed for having a laugh upon remembering the tale of Ali Dia. Dia, so the story goes, had a friend call up Southampton boss Graeme Souness and pretend to be the great George Weah. The impostor then convinced Souness that Dia was a relative of Weah and also a striker who had played top-flight and international football. Souness signed the forward, but Southampton soon learned that Dia was not who he said he was. Dia was so bad as a substitute that he was taken off of the pitch before the end of the match. That would be his one and only meaningful appearance with the club before he was shown the door.

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