EPL clubs shamed by poor goals total a
IF defending has gone to pot, as many pundits claim, you wonder why so many English Premier League clubs are struggling to field a top-scorer with more than between three and six goals in 22 matches.
Striker-deficiency anxiety is the game’s oldest syndrome. Every northern summer, fans ask: ‘‘Where are our goals going to come from?’’ Owners and chief executives fear this scrutiny above any. The failure to sign someone guaranteed to ‘‘give you 15-20 goals a season’’ is a mark of shame they carry for the whole campaign.
Meanwhile, the cult of the finisher grows apace, with Spurs ace Harry Kane the main rebuke to clubs who have failed to spot and sign one of the lethal forwards who are supposedly dotted everywhere, if you only cared to look.
Forgive the long list, but a scan of the leading scorers in each Premier League team tells a story about demand outstripping supply, poor recruitment, and why so many clubs are stalked by relegation with 16 games to go.
West Brom and Newcastle bring up the rear, with three goals each for Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon (WBA) and Dwight Gayle and Joselu (Newcastle), but they are not tailed off. Here are some others — Burnley: four (Chris Wood of New Zealand in a handful of games); Crystal Palace: four (Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha); Swansea: four (Tammy Abraham); Stoke: four (Mame Biram Diouf, Eric Maxim ChoupoMoting and Xherdan Shaqiri).
Moving up, slightly: Bournemouth: five (Callum Wilson); Huddersfield: five (Laurent Depoitre); West Ham: five (Marko Arnautovic); Southampton: six (Charlie Austin); Brighton: six (Glenn Murray); Watford: six (Abdoulaye Doucoure).
There are some surprises higher up the table. Arsenal’s top scorer is Alexandre Lacazette with