Arguably one of the most competitive and entertaining leagues in the world, the English Premier League attracts some of the world’s biggest and best players with the offer of huge financial rewards.
To date, the English Premier League has welcomed 1,612 foreign footballers from over 100 countries including Oman and even the Seychelles but not all of them have turned out to be a resounding success.
We have seen on countless occasions a “world-class” player, highly regarded on the continent move to a English Premier League club only to pack their bags and leave shortly after.
Why is this?
There could be a number of reasons as to why this happens but if you factor in the change of climate, lack of a winter break and bouts of homesickness you could be left with a very unhappy player who is out of form and desperate to go home.
Could it be down to the “shop window” effect of a major tournament such as a World Cup, a European Championships or an African Nations Cup?
With the eyes of the world upon them, a handful of great performances from a player on a stage like this can make a English Premier League club’s chairman reach for the cheque book.
The player arrives at his new club into a media circus touted as the next big thing, only to make a hasty exit back to easier, less competitive leagues after a handful of uninspiring appearances.
A bad experience for the player but a lucrative one nonetheless. It is a risk many are willing to take.
Of course, this isn’t always the case. Some players come to the English Premier League for a last hurrah – one final opportunity to test themselves in one of the toughest leagues in the world.
Money is no longer the driving factor for these players as they have made millions over the course of their careers. They are just seeking a final challenge and the chance to get their hands on an English trophy.
We have compiled a list which not only includes foreign players that you could genuinely say added value to their clubs but also those that didn’t live up to expectations on the pitch and returned home with their tail between their legs.
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