Being a consistently quality Premier League goalscorer is no fool’s task. It takes years of hard work and dedication, and being able to maintain that god given talent on the highest stage is extremely difficult. That’s why we get so many of these gents, who are the kings of the pub quiz answers. With that being said, here are eight of the very best strikers with random one-off goalscoring seasons.
Now these players were indeed at the top of their game, but it may not necessarily have been because of a world-class ability. Some of them were lucky and others had great service around them, but one way or another, they couldn’t replicate their success on a yearly basis. Shame.
Amir Zaki – 10 goals
What a bloke. Amir Zaki didn't answer to nobody and had the build of an MMA fighter rather than a footballer. The Egyptian scored some quality goals for Wigan and finished on 10 goals in 22 appearances, but it turns out he wasn't the nicest of fellas. Image Source: Twitter
Johan Elmander – 10 goals
Everything about Johan Elmander screams "I should not be a footballer" but alas, the Swede was quite the trickster in his day. Including one of the greatest PL goals of all-time against Wolves, Elmander hit double figures but was never fully appreciated among critics. Image Source: Twitter
Michu – 18 goals
Whatever happened to Michu? The Spaniard scored 18 league goals in one year, and then injuries and poor form seemed to derail his time in England. Image Source: Twitter
Benjani – 12 goals
Is there a man with a cooler celebration than, Benjani? Probably, but he was still absolutely quality for Portsmouth. Image Source: Twitter
DJ Campbell – 13 goals
DJ Campbell, as much of a thug as he looked, but was actually a decent striker. The former Blackpool man never gave up and always managed to chip in with a vital goal or two. Unfortunately he couldn't sustain that, which weirdly didn't surprise many. Image Source: Twitter
Andy Johnson – 21 goals
The master of the penalties for Crystal Palace. Andy Johnson was tipped to become of England's great strikers, but unfortunately his potential was never really reached beyond his 21-goal haul in the 2004/05 season. Image Source: Twitter
Roque Santa Cruz – 19 goals
What a beautiful human. Oh, yes, goals - essentially Santa Cruz was on fire for Blackburn Rovers before a move to moneybags Manchester City completely ruined his development. No surprises there. Image Source: Twitter
Benni McCarthy – 18 goals
The only man who could keep up with an in-form Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo. Oh, and he also played for Blackburn. Weird. Image Source: Twitter
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If you’re sat there thinking “who?” then you’re either too young to remember these guys or you just don’t appreciate a good old footballing journeyman. Either way, shame on you because these strikers are the backbone of world football. Well, kind of.