They are signed to score goals, paid to score goals and expected to score goals- the Bundesliga striker. Some such as Robert Lewandowski, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can’t stop scoring so far this season, but there are others, who just can’t put the ball in the back of the net for love nor money.
As the Bundesliga winds its way towards the winter break, a number of so-called ‘goalscorers’ will be desperate to break their duck and finally do what it is they are there for- score a goal. Here we take a look and the league’s misfiring hit-men
Franco Di Santo
Werder Bremen fans were left a little shocked and numb when their star Argentine striker took up the option of a €6 million clause in his contract to jump ship and switch to Schalke on the eve of the new season, but looking at his current goals output (zero) the Grün-Weißen fans are probably happier with Anthony Ujah and money in the bank.
Di Santo scored six goals in last season’s Hinrunde before adding a further seven after the winter break. Granted he did hit a hat-trick in the Europa League against Asteras Tripolis, but the bread and butter of the Bundesliga was why the Königsblauen shelled out for him. With Felix Platte chomping at the bit for more game time, he better start producing the goods sooner rather than later or else trainer André Breitenreiter may look to give the youngster a chance to prove himself.
His summer move from Bayer Leverkusen to Borussia Mönchengladbach was supposed to kick-start a faltering career, but so far he has yet to find the back of the net for the Fohlen. Seen as the ideal replacement for Wolfsburg-bound Max Kruse, the Swiss international has endured the same barren form he suffered at times with last season.
His 17 goals in 33 matches for 1.FC Nürnberg in the 2013-14 Bundesliga season now seem a very distant memory. He needs to rediscover his goalscoring touch if he is not to be deemed a one-season wonder and miss out on his opportunity at the highest level. In his defence he has only started twice this season for Gladbach making the rest of his appearances as a second half substitute.
While not a striker as such, goals have always been part of Schürrle’s game- be it at Bayer Leverkusen or Chelsea, but so far the end product has been missing from his game since his switch back the Bundesliga with VfL Wolfsburg.
His season’s best was 15 while at Mainz, but since his move to the Volkswagen Arena last season he’s scored just once in the league. However, things could be looking up after two goals against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League earlier this week. Wolfsburg fans will be hoping that sets him up nicely for the start of some Bundesliga scoring.
After moving back to the Bundesliga following his spell in Russia, it is safe to say that former German international striker Kuranyi is taking a little longer than he would have wished to settle back into his natural game. His first spell in the German top flight with Stuttgart and Schalke saw him bag 111 goals, but so far at Hoffenheim, his tally is a big fat zero from ten games.
He hit double figures in eight consecutive seasons before his move to Moscow, but now just one would be very much appreciated as he looks to break his scoring duck. He’s not alone at Hoffenheim though with only Kevin Volland (5) amongst the recognised strikers to have scored this season
Oh how Mevlut Erdinc must regret his missed penalty on the opening game of the season against newly promoted Darmstadt Had that gone in, the pressure would have been off him slightly, but as it is Hannover fans must be beginning to wonder just what they got for the €3.5 million they paid for him.
His scoring form for Sochaux led to a move to Paris St.Germain, for whom he scored 24 times. However, he didn’t kick on and he was not exactly prolific while at Rennes, although he did score eleven for St. Etienne in the last campaign leading to Hannover’s bid.
Ji Dong Won at Augsburg has yet to find the net in the league, but does have a goal in both the DFB Pokal and the Europa League. Tim Matavz has also not scored for Augsburg. Over at Hamburg Sven Schipplock is still waiting for his first Bundesliga goal, while a lack of minutes has also seen Ivica Olic with no goals to his name. You have to go back to 2010-11 for the last season that Olic failed to score.
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