Watford's Deeney and Bournemouth's Ritchie currently the most wasteful in the Premier League

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Troy Deeney and Matt Ritchie have found goals hard to come by this season.

Watford striker Troy Deeney and Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie have the lowest shots on goal average in the Premier League from the opening eight games of the campaign.

Watford and Bournemouth both secured automatic promotion out of the Championship last season, scoring a whopping 187 goals between them as they ruthlessly punished their opponents.

The Premier League, however, is a completely different beast and two of the second tier's star players from 2014/15, Deeney and Ritchie, have so far struggled in front of goal.

From 39 shots combined, they have managed to hit the target just six times, resulting in one goal.

  TeamshotsShots On TargetGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Troy Deeney Watford 21 3 0 8 714
Matt Ritchie Bournemouth 18 3 1 8 718

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Deeney currently tops the list as the most wasteful striker in the top-flight, hitting just three shots on target from 21 attempts and scoring no goals.

The talented centre-forward notched 21 goals for the Hornets last season, striking up a deadly partnership with Odion Ighalo, who also broke the 20-goal barrier.

However, while Ighalo has continued to find the net, it’s been a tough spell for Deeney and a little more composure from the 27-year-old could go a long way in preserving the Hornets’ top-flight status.

Likewise, Ritchie at Bournemouth hasn’t quite found his shooting boots this term after notching an impressive 15 goals from right wing in the Championship last season.

The Scotland international has bags of ability - and one spectacular strike to his name so far - and the Cherries will be hoping that he can rekindle the spark that helped to get them to the big time as they endeavour to cement a standing among English football's elite.

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