6 longest gaps between two Prem goals as Willian scores 553 days after his last

It's been over a year since Willian last found the net in the Premier League – and after a trip to Brazil and back, the winger struck gold against Leeds.

Before the 34-year-old's strike for Fulham, Willian's last goal came for Arsenal against West Brom in early May 2021. There were 553 days between the two strikes – but that doesn't even scratch the surface of the longest waits between Premier League goals.

In fact, Willian's measly 553-day wait pales in comparison to some players who waited over 3,000 days between goals in England's top flight. And Daily Star Sport takes a look back at the six longest waits for a second goal.

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6 – Peter Whittingham – 3234 days

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The late Cardiff midfielder netted his first Premier League goal for Aston Villa – where he had emerged through their academy – in 2004 against Portsmouth.

However, Whittingham fell out of favour at Villa and soon found himself dropping down divisions in search of first-team football. He netted for Cardiff against Hull, 3234 days after his first strike – but only 16 matches later.

The Englishman tragically passed away aged 35 in 2020 after an accidental fall when out at a pub in Wales.

5 – Simon Charlton – 3433 days

When Simon Charlton netted for Southampton to send the Saints ahead against Manchester United in 1995 – he would have not expected to wait almost 10 years for his next Premier League strike.

Charlton played in 164 top-flight games before he netted again – but that was for a newly-promoted Norwich side. Charlton had dropped down a divisios before earning promotion with the Canaries.

The left-back fired Norwich level against Portsmouth in 2004, earning the Canaries a deserved point.

4 – John Oster – 3444 days

Lasting 11 days longer than Charlton, John Oster also went just under a decade without finding the net.

As a youngster, Everton plucked Oster from Grimsby – giving him his chance at the big time in the late 1990s, and he found the net against Barnsley in 1997. However, he was soon moved on by the Toffees, prompting something of a journeyman existence.

Oster got his second chance in the top-flight with Reading in 2007, where he netted a consolation goal in a defeat at Middlesbrough.

3 – Andy Johnson – 3563 days

No, not that Andy Johnson, the original Andy Johnson once went on a spell of over 10 years without a Premier League goal.

After graduating from the Norwich academy, Johnson netted for the Canaries in 1993 against Middlesbrough. However, Norwich were relegated a couple of seasons later and Johnson subsequently bounced around sides in the second-tier.

He re-emerged with West Brom as they were promoted in 2001, but it wasn't until 2003 that he netted again – this time against Bolton at the Hawthorns.

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo – 4504 days

While many players on this list dropped down divisions before making their return to the Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo rode off into the sunset to claim multiple Ballon d'Ors and Champions League titles before returning to the Red Devils.

Ronaldo had netted against Manchester City in May 2009, a month before he left United. The megastar would go onto play two more times for United before leaving for Real Madrid.

And almost 13 years later, Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford, finding the net in his first game back against Newcastle.

1 – Matt Jackson – 4935 days

Matt Jackson has the unenviable title of the Premier League's longest goals drought, having waited 13 years between top-flight strikes.

Jackson first found the net in 1993 for Everton, but he had to wait until 2006 – and a move to Wigan – until he troubled the onion bag again. That goal came in the form of a late winner against Charlton.

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Almost 5,000 days after his last Premier League strike, Jackson ended his drought. It was the last professional goal he ever scored with the right-back retiring the following season.

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