To get on to this list, the player must have played at least one full season in the Premier League. We could have mentioned Andreas Cornelius who cost Cardiff a sizeable £8 million, or Konstantinos Mitroglou for whom Fulham parted with £13 million, as both of these forwards failed to find the net even once. However having only lasted 6 months each, these striker flops have managed to avoid this rundown.

Also they have to be an undisputed striker. These are players who were brought in to lead the line and provide goals, not just attackers who compliment a team’s offense from the wings or midfield.

Finally the list is purely based on the transfer fee paid by the club, and the number of goals that striker subsequently scored for said club. Although some were moved on for decent fees, we’re just focused on the initial investment.

Now all that’s cleared up, let’s get on with the list!


Honourable Mentions:

Fernando Torres, Chelsea

  • £50m, 36 goals, £1.4m per goal

Shevchenko, Chelsea

  • £30.8m, 19 goals, £1.6m per goal

Rolando Bianchi, Manchester City,

  • £8.8m, 5 goals, £1.8m a goal

Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur,

  • £29m, 11 goals, £2.6m per goal



  1. Roque Santa Cruz, Manchester City


  • £17.5m, 4 goals, £4.4m per goal

After having a prolific season 2007/8 (scoring 19 league goals), and a not so prolific 2008/9 (scoring 4 league goals), Roque Santa Cruz was reunited with his old manager Mark Hughes for a large sum. The Paraguayan was unsuccessful in the sky-blue of Manchester City, and scored only four goals in his first year.

That was to be his only contribution to the side as he spent the next three years loaned out to Blackburn Rovers, Real Betis and Malaga. It was unfortunate that Mark Hughes was sacked soon after bring in Santa Cruz, but Shake Mansour will see this as one of his least successful investments.

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