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23 ‘World-Class’ PL players you’ve probably forgotten about – Part 2: featuring Chelsea and Newcastle United stars

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23 ‘World-Class’ PL players you’ve probably forgotten about – Part 2: featuring Chelsea and Newcastle United stars

 

Fredi Bobic – Bolton Wanderers

16 Premier League Appearances, 4 Goals

A prolific scorer at every club he played for, German international Bobic arrived at Bolton Wanderers on loan from Borussia Dortmund in 2002.

Bobic was a huge success at the club and his goals, including a hat-trick, ensured Premier League survival that season.

Unfortunately for Bolton they were unable to tempt Bobic back to the club after his loan spell expired and he returned back to Germany.

 

Albert Luque – Newcastle United

21 Premier League Appearances, 1 Goal

Arriving at Newcastle United from Deportivo de La Coruna for a £9 million fee in 2005, Luque failed to live up to his large price tag during his two-year stay at St James Park.

A mixture of injuries and poor form led to Luque falling down the pecking order and he was never able to regain a first team place under any of the three managers that were in charge of the club during his time there.

Newcastle United ended up selling Luque to Dutch giants Ajax for £2 million resulting in a £7 million loss for the club.

Adrian Mutu – Chelsea

27 Premier League Appearances, 6 Goals

One of Roman Abramovich’s first purchases when he took over ownership of Chelsea in 2003, Mutu had a flying start to his Premier League career with four goals in his first three games.

This was arguably the highlight of his time at Chelsea because a year later he was out of the club after a fallout with Jose Mourinho and a failed drugs test which ultimately led to a seven month ban.

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