Villarreal, El Madrigal

The Yellow Submarine have made a habit of turning Premier League flops into fully-fledged top-flight footballers as these examples demonstrate

Tottenham Hotspur and the Premier League as a whole must surely have had to stifle a giggle when, upon his unveiling at new club Villarreal, misfiring striker Roberto Soldado struggled to play a ball back towards a couple of fans.

But La Liga's very own Yellow Submarine may yet have the last laugh after a debut performance for the 30-year-old that included a goal.

Once regarded as one of Spain's most potent goalscorers, Soldado has returned to his homeland with one thing in mind: rehabilitation.

And if there is one club that can provide him with the foundations to do that, it's Villarreal given their track record for turning Premier League dead-weight into gold.

Here are just five notable examples.

Borja Valero - West Bromwich Albion

West Brom paid a club-record €7 million to bring Real Mallorca's cultured midfield playmaker to the Hawthorns in August 2008 but the Spaniard struggled to make an impact with the Baggies relegated at the end of his first season.

Season-long loan spells with Mallorca and later Villarreal followed, with Valero impressing enough for the Yellow Submarine to earn a permanent switch. Played a total of 97 games for Villarreal scoring 11 goals and providing 17 assists before moving to Fiorentina.

Pascal Cygan - Arsenal

Recruited from Ligue 1 side Lille in the summer of 2002, Cygan was supposed to be the defensive addition that would help Arsenal finally claim back-to-back Premier League titles but his poor performances soon saw the Frenchman on the fringes of the squad.

Sold to Villarreal in the summer of 2006, an injury to fellow defender Gonzalo Rodriguez saw Cygan enjoy significant game time over his first two seasons at the club and he was eventually rewarded with a one-year contract extension.

Giuseppe Rossi - Manchester United 

Snapped up by Manchester United as a 17-year-old at Parma, Rossi showed plenty of promise as a youngster at Old Trafford but failed to break into the Red Devils' first team. Twice loaned out, the striker made five league appearances for United scoring once.

Sold on to Villarreal for around £6.7 million in July 2007, he would go on to impress with 82 goals in 192 games for the Yellow Submarine with the 2010/11 campaign a particular highlight with 32 goals in 56 appearances.

Giovani Dos Santos - Tottenham Hotspur

Brought to Tottenham from Barcelona where his bad boy ways had resulted in a Nou Camp exit,  Dos Santos struggled to meet the demands of the Premier League playing 15 games without scoring during a four-year spell that featured three loan moves away.

Moved to Villarreal having impressed with fellow Spanish side Mallorca and went on to score 18 goals and provide 15 assists in 75 games, helping the Yellow Submarine re-establish themselves in the Primera Division's top 10 in the process.

Diego Forlan - Manchester United

Arguably the biggest transformation of them all, Forlan arrived at Old Trafford from Independiente for £6.9 million in January 2002 but took 27 games to score his first goal for Manchester United. In just over three seasons he scored 17 in 98 games for the Reds.

Sold on to Villarreal, Forlan ended his first season as the recipient of the Pichichi award for top scorer in La Liga with 25 and the joint holder of the European Golden Shoe with Thierry Henry. Moved to Atletico Madrid in 2007, where his scoring form continued.

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