The 100 Worst Strikers in Premier League History: 100-81
After 25 years the Premier League has seen its fair share of great goalscorers. But it has also witnessed a fair amount of mediocrity in its time.
While its greatest players remain revered, some of its worst are equally heralded.
Here Sportsmail begin the countdown from Nos 100 to 81, with some names sure to spark a blast from the past…
Diomansy Kamara helped keep Fulham in the Premier League but struggled in the top-flight
100 – Diomansy Kamara
Scorer of one of the most important goals in Fulham history, but that does not wipe out years of poor returns across three different Premier League clubs.
The Senegalese international joined Portsmouth from Modena in 2004, and a return of four goals in 25 appearances was as good as it got. He lasted just a season at Fratton Park before West Brom came calling, promptly scoring 20 times in 34 appearances… in his second season in the Championship.
Four seasons of meagre numbers followed at Craven Cottage, but it was his brace away at Manchester City in April 2008, which helped seal Fulham’s dramatic survival from 2-0 down, which sees him enter so low on this list.
Paul Dalglish failed to make the grade at the highest level despite the help of his father
99 – Paul Dalglish
You’re the son of one the greatest British players of all time, and you’ve already failed to make it at his two former clubs.
Don’t worry, because he’ll sign you up at his current job anyway. That was the lot of Paul Dalglish, when he arrived at St James’ Park under his father Kenny.
Dalglish Jnr was not cut out for the Premiership – even in the nineties – scoring once in 11 appearances and being shipped out on loan to both Bury and Norwich in his two seasons in the northeast.
Cameron Jerome celebrates a rare Premier League goal for Norwich at Manchester City
98 – Cameron Jerome
The latter-day Robbie Earnshaw. Too good for the Championship, not good enough for the Premier League.
Seven intermittent seasons in the English top-flight have yielded 33 goals, 18 of which came in his first two seasons with Birmingham.
After just three goals in Norwich’s most recent Premier League campaign, his days in this league may be at an end. But he will always have that wonder-goal against Southampton to look back on.
Jonathan Macken excelled at Preston before making the step up to Manchester City
97 – Jonathan Macken
The early-noughties answer to David Healy. Macken excelled in five years at Preston before Manchester City came calling in 2002 upon their return to the Premiership.
The step-up proved too much for him, as a return of seven goals in 51 league appearances shows. His most famous moment coming with the winner in the 4-3 comeback against Tottenham in the FA Cup in 2004.
Macken may be forgiven for thinking he’d suffered enough at the highest level, before playing 11 fruitless games for THAT Derby side in 2007-08.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake helped Wolves earn promotion but could not make the step up
96 – Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
His 25 goals in 41 in the Championship lifted Wolves back into the Premier League in 2009. But a cruelly-timed injury ruined his chances of an immediate impact.
It never improved for the Manchester United youth product, who managed 10 goals in 76 appearances before Wolves’ sorry relegation in 2012.
Harry Redknapp brought Emmanuel Olisadebe to Portsmouth in 2006 but he played only twice
95 – Emmanuel Olisadebe
Plucked from Panathinaikos in January 2006, Portsmouth thought they had found the answer to their striking problems.
The Nigerian-born Polish international had forged a goalscoring reputation in Greece, but his career fell off a cliff upon his arrival at Fratton Park.
He managed only two appearances and had his contract terminated four months in. Last seen at Greek club Veria in 2012 after a successful spell in China.
Ishmael Miller scored just three Premier League goals for Manchester City and West Brom
94 – Ishmael Miller
Ishmael Miller, a striker, has scored only 48 times in 256 professional career appearances.
In the Premier League, in five seasons with Manchester City and West Brom, Miller scored just three goals in 38 appearances.
Bradley Wright-Phillips has made a name for himself in MLS after his Premier League toils
93 – Bradley Wright-Phillips
MLS legend Bradley Wright-Phillips did actually play in the Premier League (sorry, Premiership) once.
Shaun’s brother managed two seasons with Manchester City, scoring twice in 32 appearances. A slightly worse record than across the pond, where he has 84 goals in 134 games for New York Red Bulls.
Andrea Silenzi was the first Italian to play in the Premiership at Nottingham Forest
92 – Andrea Silenzi
The first name on this list to give the older readers a proper jolt. Silenzi turned out for Nottingham Forest between 1995 and 1997.
Did the tag of being the first ever Italian to play in the Premiership weigh heavily on his shoulders?
Either way, two goals in 12 league appearances did little to enamour him with the Forest faithful, and his contract was allegedly torn up by Dave Bassett when he refused to return from a loan spell at Venezia.
Former Blackburn striker Jonathan Stead was relegated with Sheffield United back in 2006
91 – Jonathan Stead
Lanky centre-forward Stead was a £1m signing for Blackburn from Huddersfield in February 2004. A debut goal and winners against Manchester United and Everton before the end of the season hinted at a big future.
But that was as good as it got, with just a further eight goals following in spells with Sunderland and Sheffield United.
Indeed, it was Stead who led the line for that miserable Sunderland side of 2005-06.
Massimo Maccarone was a club-record signing at Middlesbrough but struggled out of Europe
90 – Massimo Maccarone
A club-record £8.15m signing from Serie A side Empoli, Maccarone is remembered with fondness at Middlesbrough despite the slim pickings of his five-year stay.
Without his goals in the run to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006, the Italian would be recalled disastrously.
He managed only 18 goals in 80 league appearances before heading back to Italy in 2007.
David Di Michele scored four times in 30 games for West Ham in the 2008-09 season
89 – David Di Michele
Only the twelfth name on this list but already it’s another Italian striker. Di Michele’s season spent on loan at West Ham is remembered neither well or at all.
As The Hammers struggled to deal with the absence of their all-but-retired No 9 Dean Ashton, Di Michele was just the latest bit of mud thrown at an ever-growing wall.
By Upton Park standards he did himself no harm at all, with four goals in 30 games.
Nicola Ventola scores his one and only goal for Crystal Palace against Southampton in 2005
88 – Nicola Ventola
The Championship Manager 01-02 legend’s arrival at Crystal Palace in 2004 turned heads.
Signed as a foil for first-team regular Andy Johnson, the Italian’s year at Selhurst Park was wrecked by injury.
He made just three appearances, scored on the penultimate day against Southampton, but could not prevent their relegation back to the Championship.
Andrej Kramaric was a club-record signing for Leicester but barely figured
87 – Andrej Kramaric
A club-record £9m signing from Croatian outfit Rijeka, Kramaric was identified as the man to lead Leicester to Premier League safety.
The Foxes’ survival in 2014-15 has become etched in folklore, though Kramaric’s contribution was negligible – two in 13 games.
That he failed to receive a Premier League winners’ medal a year later because he had not made enough appearances rather sums up his time with Leicester.
Kevin Kyle suffered two relegations with Sunderland in 2003 and 2006, scoring just once
86 – Kevin Kyle
While Jon Stead led the line for Sunderland in one relegation season, Kevin Kyle led the line in two.
As the Black Cats crashed out of the Premier League on 19 and 15 points in 2003 and 2006, Kyle contributed just the solitary goal.
Seydou Doumbia arrived at Newcastle in January 2016 but failed to help their survival bid
85 – Seydou Doumbia
The Ivorian was a regular goal-getter in the European powerhouses of Russia and Switzerland.
Some were surprised, then, that he failed to deliver the same magic as a desperate January deadline-day loan signing for Newcastle.
He played just three times, scoring a grand total of no goals.
Agustin Delgado scored just once in 11 games for Southampton and never learned English
84 – Agustin Delgado
Delgado was already a Southampton player when he gave Ecuador a fifth minute lead over Mexico at the 2002 World Cup, with his first season in England wrecked by injury.
By pushing himself to feature at Japan and South Korea through a cocktail of painkillers, Delgado did more damage upon his return to the south coast.
In three years at the club he failed to learn English and led Gordon Strachan to once say: ‘I’ve got more important things to think about. I’ve got a yoghurt to finish by today, the expiry date is today. That can be my priority rather than Agustin Delgado.’
Jason Scotland lasted only one season at Wigan and finally found the net in his 29th game
83 – Jason Scotland
After helping Swansea into the Championship, Wigan took a punt on the Trinidad and Tobago international.
Yet it took until April 4, 2010, for Scotland to net his first league goal against Fulham, in his 29th game.
He lasted just a season before moving to Ipswich.
Honduran Milton Nunez cost Sunderland £1.5m when he joined the club in 1999
82 – Milton Nunez
At 5ft 5in, Nunez is surely one of the smallest strikers in Sunderland’s steeped history.
The Honduran is unlikely to feature in the history books, however, after managing only one league appearance in two years.
Two popular theories surround his arrival at the Stadium of Light; Peter Reid thought he had signed his strike partner from PAOK, Adolfo Valencia, instead, while another alleges that he was in fact playing for a Uruguayan third division team with a similar name to Nacional.
Lilian Laslandes failed to find the back of the net after joining Sunderland in June 2001
81 – Lilian Laslandes
The Frenchman’s arrival at Sunderland in June 2001 was viewed as something approaching a coup for Peter Reid after his success with Bordeaux.
Laslandes failed to justify either the expectation or the £3.6m price tag, and failed to score in any of his 12 appearances.
Reid decided to cut his losses as soon as the following January, shipping Laslandes off to Koln on loan.