The English Premier League is the most cosmopolitan football league in Europe. Henrikh Mhiktaryan recently made Armenia the 96th country to have a Premier League goalscorer. This multi-national nature has given rise to some odd goalscoring statistics for tipsters and punters alike.
Stoke City – the epitome of English football
Stoke City have often been seen as a club representing the toughness of the Premier League. There is a cliché among English football fans when talking about European football stars, asking if a player “can do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke.” The Potters were never previously seen as a team that would play an expansive continental style of football.
Yet their 2-2 draw with Leicester City was their 55th consecutive league game without an English goalscorer. Not since 24 May 2015, when Peter Crouch netted in the 6-1 demolition of Liverpool has an Englishman scored for Stoke City. This equals a recent run by Newcastle United that finished in May 2014 when Steven Taylor scored in a 3-0 win over Cardiff City.
Who have been scoring goals for Stoke City?
It’s a run that could go on for some time for Stoke City too. At the weekend, they only had two English outfield players start – Ryan Shawcross and Glen Johnson – and the last time either of those scored was in January 2015. Only one other English outfield player – the aforementioned Peter Crouch – has appeared for them this season, scoring in the EFL Cup win over Stevenage.
Stoke have had eight players from seven different nationalities score for them this season. These include players from Spain (Marc Muniesa and Bojan), Austria (Marko Arnautovic), Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri) and Cote d’Ivoire (Wilfried Bony) along with three players from the British Isles – Wales’ Joe Allen, Scotland’s Charlie Adam and Ireland’s Jonathan Walters.
Is Stoke City’s run the Premier League Record?
Although it’s been a long time since Stoke had an English goalscorer, they have some way to go to beat the Premier League record. Arsenal went 97 games without an English goalscorer before Theo Walcott scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City in February 2008.
To match that record Stoke would have to go without an English league goalscorer for more than another English Premier League season. That’s possible at this moment in time with only three senior English outfield players but that could always change in the next transfer window.