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Forgotten Premier League Foreign Imports

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Many fans firmly believe the Premier League is the greatest competition in the world but it hasn't quite measured up to some player's estimations during their time in England. Some of the best players of all time have journeyed to our little isle in pursuit of the best football can offer them but they've rather faded into the grey of our memories…

Henrik Larsson - Manchester United

Thirteen appearances, three goals, one specially requested Premier League winner's medal. 36-year-old Henrik Larsson was persuaded to join Manchester United for a few months whilst the Swedish league entered its winter close season – an odd decision from Sir Alex Ferguson given his options up top included Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Alan Smith, Louis Saha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the legendary Scot deemed the move viable.
Okay, so Larsson netted himself a winner's medal but was there any point in bringing the former Celtic and Barca man to England? All I remember is him wearing the number 17 shirt and popping up with a goal against Watford to kill the game off – wasted time.

Roberto Mancini - Leicester City

A very, very odd decision from Mancini saw the Italian postpone his retirement into a coaching role to join Leicester City in 2001. 36 years-old and never completed 90 minutes for the Foxes; Mancini disappeared to Fiorentina to accept the managerial position.

Other than Leicester City fans; does anyone actually remember Mancini's efforts in the Premier League? He could've had the job last month if he'd wanted it but no-one is really sure if the fans would've taken to their former Italian import…

George Weah - Chelsea

Yes, the Balon d'Or winner turned up at Stamford Bridge in 2000 on loan from AC Milan. 33 years old and devoid of the pace that made him such a terrifying attacker; Weah did score on his debut against Spurs and lifted the FA Cup with Chelsea but his short stay was all the fans would ever have to remember him by.

Even Weah himself will admit he should've come to the Premier League long before 2000; he might be better remembered in this country if he had.

Patrick Kluivert - Newcastle United

Europe is currently keeping tabs on Patrick's son in the Eredivisie, especially some English clubs, but the Dutchman once crossed the pond himself to join Newcastle in 2004. He might have arrived with a fearsome strike rate but he certainly left with a dampened attitude towards English football.

Then Newcastle manager, Graeme Souness refused to drop Shearer and allow Kluivert a run of games up top even when the England international was off the boil and the Dutchman fell out of favour and memory for many.

Adrian Mutu - Chelsea

Probably the most famous Romanian footballer of recent years; Mutu joined Chelsea in 2003 as part of Abramovich's overhaul of the club and got off to a flyer as he hit the back of the net three times in his first four appearances.

Sadly, Mutu has disappeared from most of our memories courtesy of his expensive, irresponsible drug habit that saw him fail a drugs test and incur a seven-month ban from football. Mutu could've been a Premier League great alongside the likes of Didier Drogba but, instead, he was too focused on his lifestyle away from football, which ultimately cost him.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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