Harry Kane beware: 15 Premier League strikers who flopped after great seasons

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  Andy Johnson of Palace celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Crystal Palace v Liverpool at Selhurst Park on April 23, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andy Johnson


Andy Johnson

Crystal Palace were relegated on the final day of the 2004/05 season, however it would have been a lot sooner had it not been for Andy Johnson. His 21 goals – 11 of which came from the penalty spot – was only bettered by Thierry Henry that season, and helped earn Johnson a move in Everton in 2006. In the nine years since, he has managed just 32 league goals for the Toffees, Fulham, and Queens Park Rangers.

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Benni McCarthy

The Champions League winner arrived at Ewood Park in 2006 and made a lightning start, scoring 18 goals in his debut season. Only Didier Drogba managed more in the Premier League. Injuries prevented his progress, and he fell out of favour with manager Paul Ince, so it was no surprise to see him sold to West Ham in 2010.

He made just 11 goalless appearances for the Hammers, before returning to his home country in 2011 to finish his career with Orlando Pirates.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on September 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)



Although he is still a Swansea player, it is difficult to imagine the Spaniard playing another game at the Liberty Stadium. He made a blistering start to his career in south Wales, scoring 18 times. But, he could only follow it up with two goals in the next campaign, and he spent last season on loan at Serie A side Napoli, where he made a similarly small impact, with three appearances in the league without a single goal.

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