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Two Irish Players Among Daily Mail's List Of Premier League's Worst 100 Strikers

Arthur James O'Dea
By Arthur James O'Dea
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The Daily Mail have been counting down their 100 worst Premier League strikers this week - and the results are not that bad from an Irish perspective.

You will find Ali Dia, Ade Akinbiyi, and Afonso Alves exactly where you would expect (2nd, 5th and 3rd respectively).

Yet, some eyebrows may be raised at the selection of Jozy Altidore as the bona fide worst ever - surely Dia's half-hour of Premier League football trumps the profligate American?

The Irish pair deemed worthy of inclusion have a combined 10 international caps between them - but, tellingly perhaps, no goals.

Jonathan Macken:

A Manchester United youth player who didn't make the grade, went to Preston North End and did a reasonable job, but ultimately fluffed his opportunity in the top-flight when it came round again - no, no, it's not David Healy, #97 on the list is Jon Macken.

Scoring 7 league goals in 51 league games, Macken's three-year stint with Manchester City did coincide with his earning a solitary Irish cap.

Moving on to Crystal Palace shortly thereafter, perhaps most damaging for Macken was his involvement with that Derby County team of 2007-08.


Finishing with 11 points and scoring only 20 goals throughout the season, Macken's 11 appearances didn't produce even one of this pitiless low number.

He did produce one very memorable moment for City during his spell however.

With Kevin Keegan's men down to 10 men and trailing Spurs 3-0 in an FA Cup tie, a Jon Macken winner confirmed an incredible comeback. You can watch the man himself run you through it here.


Conor Sammon (The Sammon of College)

Perhaps best known to British football fans for the applicability of his surname to humourous puns, Conor Sammon came in at #23 on this list.

Better than Radamel Falcao, but worse than David Bellion then, Sammon's Premier League career is limited to a solitary season with Wigan Athletic.

Signed from Kilmarnock, Sammon only managed to score once in 32 appearances for the Latics.


A rare misnomer from the later days of Trapattoni's Ireland, the Dublin man picked up 9 caps overall.

Funnily enough, like the only other Irishman on this list, Sammon did produce one moment of magic during his disappointing spell in the Premier League.

Helping to grant Wigan a stay of execution in the Premier League, Sammon was among the scorers in a 3-2 victory that relegated West Ham instead.


See Also: The 7 Most Important Numbers In Irish International Football


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