DESPITE not scoring in his last 100 Premier League games, Jesus Navas is set for a new contract at Manchester City.
The Spaniard’s deal is up in the summer, but he’s thought to have impressed Pep Guardiola in recent weeks playing from a deeper role.
He’s not the first winger to struggle in front of goal in the Premier League though.
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Football Whispers looks at four others who’ve disappointed in terms of finding the back of the net.
Queens Park Rangers (2011-2015)
Premier League appearances: 55
Premier League goals: 1
WRIGHT-PHILLIPS was once the next big thing in English football.
Back in 2005, he joined Chelsea from Manchester City for £21million, where he was a hot prospect and scored 26 goals in 153 league games – 18 in 118 in the Premier League.
But, it was pretty much then when his goals dried up.
He managed just 4 league goals for Chelsea in 82 top-flight appearances, working out at a whopping £5.25million per league goal.
After returning to City and grabbing nine goals in 64 Premier League appearances, his goal-scoring record well and truly fell apart at Queens Park Rangers.
After signing in 2011, in four seasons at Loftus Road he managed just one goal.
That’s in 55 Premier League appearances (plus 11 more goalless outings in the Championship).
In ten seasons, between 2005-06 and and 2014-15 he managed just ten league goals.
Aston Villa (2011-2016)
Premier League appearances: 80
Premier League goals: 4
N’ZOGBIA’S record at Aston Villa isn’t quite as bad as Wright-Phillips’ at QPR, but it’s still pretty poor.
After joining from Wigan Athletic for £9.5m, you probably would have hoped it was going to get better after just four league goals in his first two seasons at Villa Park.
If you did, you were wrong though, as that was the highlight of his time in claret and blue.
N’Zogbia stayed at Villa until June 2016 but his last goal was in April 2013, in a 1-1 draw with Fulham, meaning he scored less than a league goal per season.
He’s still only 30, but hasn’t found a new club after his Villa Park departure.
Newcastle United (2005-2007)
Premier League appearances: 21
Premier League goals: 1
AFTER signing from Deportivo La Coruna, where he had 26 goals in 101 league games, there were high hopes for Luque, but he was an unmitigated disaster at Newcastle.
He cost £9m per league goal, considering he only got one, but at least for Magpies fans, that was against rivals Sunderland.
The Spaniard’s attitude came in for question, with Lee Clark criticising him when he released a book last year.
He wrote: “The likes of Albert Luque and Celestine Babayaro, came in commanding massive transfer fees and on enormous wages, yet lacked any commitment.
“Regardless of whether the team won, lost or drew, it didn’t affect how they felt.
“For someone like me, it was particularly galling to have that type of personality in the dressing room.”
It was no surprise that he left for Ajax in 2007, where he managed four goals in 16 Eredivisie games.
Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Fulham, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Swansea (2004-present)
Premier League appearances: 282
Premier League goals: 17
ROUTLEDGE’S record of a goal every 16.5 top-flight games really isn’t too bad for a winger.
But he went on one of the longest-ever runs without a Premier League goal.
It took him until his 103rd top-flight game to break his goalscoring duck.
That came in January 2012 for Swansea City against Aston Villa in a 2-0 win.
That was nearly eight years after his debut in the top tier of English football, back in August 2004 with Crystal Palace.
Routledge has since played top-flight football for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Fulham, Aston Villa and Newcastle before arriving in South Wales in August 2011.
He’s found his goalscoring touch – he now has 17 Premier League goals for the Swans.
And that brings us on to Navas, who’s currently on his own awful run.
Manchester City (2013-present)
Premier League appearances: 120
Premier League goals: 4
NAVAS hasn’t scored a league goal since netting in a 4-2 win over Cardiff in January 2014.
That was his fourth Premier League goal in his debut season in English football, but that’s as good as it got for City fans in terms of the Spaniard’s goal-scoring.
Having made 120 appearances, it works out as a goal every 30 top-flight games in England for Navas.
With his contract up in the summer, it was thought he could leave the Etihad Stadium and was a Sevilla transfer target, but it looks like he’ll be staying in England.
Guardiola has been impressed with him in his new role as a right-back.
And it probably makes sense to play him in a role not so far up the pitch, as his goalscoring record reads like that of a defender anyway.