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HATCHET MAN: The best league in the world? Not if the likes of Robinho can end up its top scorer

24 Apr 2009 08:33:27

HATCHET MAN: The best league in the world? Not if the likes of Robinho can end up its top scorer

The Premier League may have been able to boast about some of their most exciting matches in the last couple of weeks but when the season ends there will be something major missing: a standout goalscorer. With all the talk from some of the biggest name forwards about how valuable they are and how much they should earn, it is only fair to expect them to back it up in front of goal, but they have failed badly. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 31 goals last term with Fernando Torres and Emmanuel Adebayor trailing him on 24. Expensive: Robinho's 12 league goals have cost £34m so far But with a maximum of six matches left to play in this season's competition the best effort so far is 15 goals. There is no chance of Ronaldo, who is leading the way with Nicolas Anelka, getting anywhere near the level he reached last term. To reach the Didier Drogba's 2007 mark of 20 goals might be pushing it too and this campaign could produce the fewest number of goals for the leading scorer in Premier League history.   More from Hatchet Man... HATCHET MAN: When Clegg met Keano: I can Truly Seymour Foggy times ahead when the summer whine starts at Portman Road24/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Welcome to Oil Drum Lane, new home of Tottenham Hotspur FC - that'll step on a few toes24/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Rafa's facts are fiction - 'Better than United' Liverpool will win nothing this season - as usual24/04/09 HATCHET MAN: FIFA chief Sepp Blatter deserves a dressing down23/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Talkative Tevez might just have given United boss Fergie the perfect reason to give him the Old Trafford boot23/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Chelsea striker Anelka on the mark with dig at former club Arsenal23/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Barking mad? Ipswich should learn from Sunderland and get ready for Keane going walkies23/04/09 HATCHET MAN: When the Black Cats boss is away... Sunderland chairman Quinn Keane to slam ex-manager Roy22/04/09 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE In 1998-1999 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Michael Owen and Dwight Yorke were all tied on 18 goals and that is the joint lowest so far (the season before they could also only reach 18 - and Dion Dublin managed that). This season misfiring Manchester City playmaker Robinho is still in the running with 12 goals and, when even his manager admits he has struggled, that says it all.


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