Top 5 Premier League Strikers yet to Open Their Goal-Scoring Accounts This Season
The 2018/19 Premier League season has got off to an unexpected start, with only one team, Liverpool, managing to get 100% of their points from the first six games of the campaign.
Reigning champions Manchester City and title contenders Chelsea are the two other teams who are yet to be beaten this season but have dropped unexpected points against Wolves and West Ham respectively.
One interesting piece of trivia is the fact that a total of 174 goals have been scored by the 20 teams in 6 game-weeks, which brings us to an average of 1.45 goals per game. But, what's astonishing is the fact that 91 of these 174 goals have been scored by the top 7 ranked clubs in the Premier League table right now.
In a surprising turn of events, Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chelsea's Eden Hazard are the current top goal-scorers in the Premier League with 5 goals to their tally. Hazard has achieved this feat after not even starting the first 2 games of the campaign, as well as not being on the bench for Matchday 1.
Followed by Mitrovic and Hazard are Glen Murray, Romelu Lukaku, Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero each of whom have 4 goals.
There are some prolific and explosive strikers which the Premier League clubs can boast about, but they haven't been able to open their goal-scoring account for their clubs as yet. In this article, we take a look at the top 5 renowned strikers who are yet to score in the Premier League this season:
#5 Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)
Jordan Ayew might not be the biggest name in the list of top Premier League strikers, but there is no doubt that he is a decent option upfront.
The 27-year-old Ghanian caught the eye of Premier League managers when he shone with Swansea serving as a false-nine to striker Wilfried Bony. He currently plays on loan at Crystal Palace after the Swans got relegated last year.
Ayew has been extremely good as an attacking option for mid-table Premier League sides, having been a part of 21 goals (goals/assists) in the last 3 seasons.
The French-title winner with Marseille has not yet scored this season, having played 3 out of the 6 games for the Eagles. But the Ghanian does have an assist to his name which he acquired against Huddersfield on Matchday 5.
#4 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Manchester United's teen sensation Marcus Rashford has not quite hit the heights that he has been expected to since the start of his Premier League campaign. The England international is yet to open his account this season.
Rashford scored a decent 7 goals and provided 5 assists in the 35 games that he played last season with the Red Devils. Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has been criticized for not having given the youngster enough opportunities to showcase his talents.
But even when Rashford has been afforded his chances, he hasn't been able to grab them with both hands. Not just in front of goal, Rashford has been poor overall this season, the highlight being his red card against Burnley 3 weeks ago.
Even when Rashford hasn't been scoring, he hasn't done much for the team, as highlighted by his 0 assists this campaign.
#3 Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth)
Jermain Defoe has not been any short of being one of the most consistent Premier League strikers during his stints at Tottenham, Portsmouth, Sunderland and currently Bournemouth.
But the English striker is yet to put his name on the score-sheet this season. An interesting piece of trivia is that Defoe was the only striker during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns to score more than 15 goals despite not being a part of any of the top 4 clubs in England.
With an overhaul to the Bournemouth squad this season, Defoe has not been favoured by manager Eddie Howe to start or for the matter of fact, even play consistently in the Premier League.
Defoe has only played 13 minutes and is still to start in the Premier League. Let's hope he comes back to life in front of the goal soon!
#2 Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (West Ham)
Ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez a.k.a Chicharito took the Premier League by storm last season when he re-arrived in the Premier League with West Ham, scoring 8 goals and 2 assists in the 28 games he played.
Chicharito was lauded as one of the consistent goalscorers when he was at Manchester United, even though he wasn't a regular starter for the Red Devils. Those heights are yet to be reached by the Mexican, as he is yet to open his account this season. The poacher has had just 2 shots on target so far.
Unfortunately, he got injured in West Ham's home defeat to Wolves and is set to miss Saturday's clash against his ex-club Manchester United. Chicharito is an exciting player to watch whenever he plays, so it will be Premier League's loss if he continues his goal drought.
#1 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
Olivier Giroud had mixed feelings about the World Cup this year, as he might have been on the top of the world having won the World Cup with France as their first choice striker, but he could not score even a single goal in the entire tournament.
Giroud has continued his World Cup form with Chelsea, as he still continues his goal drought which began with the end of the last season. The Frenchman has been one of Arsenal's most underrated strikers in the past decade, despite scoring a Puskas award-winning goal with the Gunners.
Despite not scoring goals, Giroud has already provided 3 assists this season due to his brilliant link-up play with Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard, who recently labelled him as one of the world's best target men to play with.
It feels just a matter of time before the Frenchman realizes that he is in the squad not just to create goals, but also to score loads of them.