Where have all the Strikers gone?

After yet another cataclysmic injury to a striker in my fantasy team, I was looking at possible replacements when a horrible thought hit me. There is no obvious candidate to put in.
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Only 3 times in Premier League history has the top scorer of the league scored less than 20 goals. The last time this happened was in 1998. At the time of writing, Nicolas Anelka is the leagues top scorer with 15. Unless somebody really catches fire between now and the end of the season the 20 mark will not be breached.
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Remember the days when players would score over 30 goals a season? Even since they reduced the number of teams and therefore games from 22 to 20, players have scored over 30, e.g. Ronaldo last season. So it can be done.
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The current top goalscorer table is this:
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Anelka 15
Gerrard 13
Ronaldo 13
Crouch 11
K. Davies 11
Robinho 11
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Looking a bit closer into this it is quite shocking. Anelka has scored once in the past 4 months. Robinho hasn’t scored in 2009, Gerrard and Ronaldo aren’t strikers and you would never think Kevin Davies would make a top scorers list this late into the season. Last season 8 players scored 15 or more in the league and this used to be the benchmark of any decent striker. In fact, there were questions asked if you didn't make this amount in a season.
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Now, I realise that injuries have robbed us for large parts of the season of Torres, Yakubu and Drogba, players who would otherwise be at the top of the charts but other players you would expect to have scored more have not delivered. Emmanuel Adebayor has had a poor season, as has Van Persie; Dimitar Berbatov has not delivered like you would have expected him to.
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Why should this be? The league is stronger than ever in terms of the quality of the players, so the scorers should be troubled far more than they have been. Here’s my take on what’s going on.
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1) Team tactics: Many teams have adopted the 4-5-1 formation, which helps to keep the midfield tight but is not conducive to goalscoring. Also there is an increasing fashion for players that are good at holding the ball up in this formation but aren’t a great goalscoring threat themselves e.g. Heskey, Kevin Davies, Kenwyne Jones.
2) Opposition Tactics: How many truly open games of football have you seen this season? Not that many. Many teams all over the league play defensive counter-attacking football, getting men behind the ball when they are not in possession, making goals harder to come by. Teams regularly away from home play behind the ball, especially against the top teams, reducing scoring chances.
3) Squad Rotation: There are not many teams that play the same players up front every week. With Champions League, FA Cup etc. many of the top teams are worried about burn-out of their star players and shuffle them about regularly. This results in fewer games played and therefore fewer goals.
4) League position: This can often dictate the way your team plays and therefore how many goals you will score. For example, Blackburn are in a relegation battle, so are playing tight, edgy football which is not creating the chances for Roque Santa-Cruz, same goes for Newcastle and Michael Owen.
5) Injuries: Like I said before it has robbed us of top scorers for many games of the season but this is not the only the only way injuries affect a team. Look at Arsenal, losing Fabregas has effectively cut off the main supply line for Adebayor and Van Persie has had to take over as playmaker, thus hindering his goalscoring.
6) The rules: We really need to change the offside rule. It is completely ridiculous. They should change it back to the way it used to be and re-instate the rule of needing daylight between defender and attacker for an offside to be given, making marginal decisions go the way of the attacking side.
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The fact is, people watch football to see goals. They don’t tune in to see turgid 0-0 draws where neither team ventures out of their own half. The rules should reflect this and give the advantage to the striker. Its like when baseball lowered the pitchers mound to make hitting easier.
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The game has changed since the dawn of the premier league. Players are now expected to be able to do more than they used to. The day of the player who only came alive in the box have gone, seemingly never to return.. The likes of Steve Claridge, Les Ferdinand, Micky Quinn and Dean Holdworth would not get near a Premier League team now.
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The last true predators I can think of are Ruud van Nistlerooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They seem to have completely died out as teams now set out to not lose, rather than to win. This may make for a more competitive league, but its not as fun to watch as it used to be.
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And it makes picking fantasy teams much harder!!