Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino once again underperformed in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Fulham, extending his goalless run to seven league games.
The Brazilian has struggled for consistency this season, potentially as a result of his manager’s constant changing of his role.
Firmino isn’t the only attacker under-performing this season, however. There are a number of players looking impotent in front of goal, resulting in some being dropped from the starting lineup. Here are the top-five out-of-form Premier League forwards this season.
Firmino has scored just two goals in 12 league games this season, failing to ripple the back of the net in his previous seven. The Brazilian has been moved around the pitch a lot by manager Jurgen Klopp which isn’t having the desired effect, and his place in the side may be at risk if things don’t improve.
With Xherdan Shaqiri impressing for Liverpool, Firmino can’t afford to continue underperforming. He scored 15 goals in 37 games last season but would end the campaign with only six goals if he maintained his current average. It’s clear Firmino isn’t hitting the same heights of 2017/18.
Giroud isn’t first-choice at Chelsea, but his poor form must be a worry for manager Maurizio Sarri. The Frenchman hasn’t scored a league goal this season from nine appearances and wasn’t even brought off the bench when Chelsea were goalless against Everton on Sunday.
The former Arsenal forward has gone six months without scoring in the Premier League and his barren spell might force Sarri to look to the transfer market for another attacking option.
It’s worth noting that Giroud has been a substitute for the majority of his time at Chelsea, but he’s not making much of an impact from the bench and is out of contract next summer. His future may be in doubt as a result.
Everton’s Cenk Tosun is having a difficult time of late which has resulted in him losing his place in the starting eleven. The 27-year-old, who joined in January 2018, has scored only two goals in 10 league games this season and was dropped by Marco Silva as a result.
Tosun enjoyed a bright start upon his arrival at Everton last season, scoring five times in his first 14 league outings, but he’s been below-par this time out. Silva has favoured Richarlison in attack over Tosun, who has been an unused substitute in Everton’s last two games, which highlights how far he’s fallen.
When Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez he was already a player struggling for consistency at Arsenal, but the Chilean forward still hasn’t managed to find his feet at Old Trafford nearly 12 months later.
Alexis has scored only one goal in nine league games this season, taking his United tally to just four in 29 outings. His poor form has led Jose Mourinho to drop him of late too, having handed the 29-year-old only one league start since mid-September.
Alexis’ teammate Romelu Lukaku is also struggling of late. The United forward has four goals from 11 games in the league but hasn’t scored for two months.
Lukaku boasts a respectable record of 31 goals in 66 games since leaving Everton for Old Trafford, but he’s found himself dropped from the starting lineup in recent weeks as a result of his struggles.
Mourinho left him out of the XI against Everton on October 28 and Manchester City on November 11, which is certainly telling.