Two Years On: Saido Berahino & 5 Other Premier League Stars Who Endured Painful Goalscoring Droughts

Saido Berahino's failure to make the match day squad for Stoke City's trip to Leicester on Saturday produced the extraordinary statistic that the former West Brom forward has now gone two whole years without finding the back of the net in the Premier League.

And whilst the extent of Berahino's current goalless streak surpasses that of many other Premier League stars who have suffered a similar fate previously, he is not entirely alone...

6. Fernando Torres

Drought duration: 152 days (24 appearances)

It's fair to say Fernando Torres' £50m move to Chelsea in January 2011 did not go entirely to plan. For large parts of his time in west London the Spaniard appeared a shadow of his former self, given he had previously scored goals for fun in front of the Kop.

And no spell epitomised Torres' Chelsea shortcomings better than between October 2011 and March 2012 when 'El Niño' appeared an incredible 24 times for the Blues without registering a single strike.

This was not Torres' first goal drought at Stamford Bridge either, having taken 82 days after signing for the club to bag his maiden goal in blue.

5. Peter Crouch

Drought duration: 211 days (20 appearances)

Following Liverpool's miraculous 2005 UEFA Champions League win, manager Rafael Benitez splashed £7m on Southampton centre-forward Peter Crouch to add to his side's fire power for the following season.

To say the Englishmen struggled to make an immediate impact, however, would be an understatement. It took Crouch until December 2005 to register his first strike for the club which - between then and his final Saints strike in May - amounted to 211 days without finding the net.

Despite his less than prolific record during his time at Anfield, Crouch became somewhat of a cult hero for Kopites and is still remembered fondly to this day.

4. Diego Forlan

Drought duration: 277 days (26 appearances)

Diego Forlan remains one of the Premier League's greatest mysteries as the legendary Uruguayan striker was somehow never able to portray his true ability to Premier League audiences whilst in the red of Manchester United.

Signed by Sir Alex for £7m in January 2002, it took Forlan until late October to belatedly find the net in the Premier League - bringing a dismal run of 26 goalless appearances to an end.

Despite his struggles in England, Forlan could barely stop scoring after leaving United - most notably with Atlético Madrid in La Liga - and still plays today at the age of 38.

3. Shane Long

Drought duration: 325 days (34 appearances)

Shane Long's finely taken finish against Crystal Palace last month did not seem to represent a striker who had not scored in 11 months, however the relief on his face in celebration certainly did. 

To give some perspective on the time scale between that and Long's previous strike for the Saints in February 2017 - during the same period Harry Kane had notched 50 times.

And whilst Long has never been considered prolific, this was not the Irishman's first barren run in front of goal for Southampton, having previously amassed a 23 game goalless streak.

2. Eden Hazard

Drought duration: 356 days (29 appearances)

Eden Hazard was rightly or wrongly deemed one of the main culprits responsible for Chelsea's abysmal title defence of 2015/16 and consequent dismissal of boss José Mourinho. 

The previous year's PFA Player of the Year very nearly went through the entirety of the season without recording a single league strike before eventually bagging twice away at Bournemouth in late April.

Despite that season's disappointments, who could forget the way in which it ended for the Belgian with that exquisite curling effort to equalise against Spurs at Stamford Bridge which in turn unbelievably handed the title to Leicester City.

1. Saido Berahino

Drought duration: 731 days (43 appearances) and counting...

How times have changed for Saido Berahino. Once the subject of a big-money bid from Tottenham, the former England U21 hotshot now holds the unwanted tag of not having scored for an inconceivable two years

Berahino has not found the net once in the red and white of Stoke since his £12m move from West Brom last January, with his last strike for the Baggies coming as long ago as February 2016.

His current and very painful goalscoring drought represents one of Premier League history's most high profile, with only time being able to tell us whether or not the former starlet can bounce back and regain his long-lost knack in front of goal.