Worst Premier League foreign flops XI

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and new signing Juan Sebastian Veron

The Premier League has witnessed some terrible foreign imports over the years, including Newcastle United and Arsenal flops.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho (R) with Manchester United manager Sir Alex FergusonTwo of the greatest managers the game has ever seen still managed to bring in their fair share of flops

Throughout the history of the Premier League there have been some wonderful foreign imports who have made it arguably the most exciting league in the world.

On the same token, there have been some absolutely appalling signings who failed to make the impact that was expected of them.

Here is the biggest Premier League flops XI:

Formation: 4-4-2

GK: Massimo Taibi - Manchester United:

The Italian stopper was brought in from Venezia for a fee believed to be around £4.5 million in 1999 as a potential replacement for Peter Schmeichel.

His error prone career at Old Trafford was short-lived, however, and he was shipped back to Italy after making just four appearances for the Red Devils.

The highlight of his ineptitude was a 30-yard miss-hit shot from Southampton's Matt Le Tissier that Taibi allowed to dribble through his legs.

RB: Jan Kromkamp - Liverpool:

The Dutch defender was brought to Anfield during the 2005/06 season, but his lack of pace and inability to close down attackers were ruthlessly exposed by opponents, and he was sent packing just six months later after making just 14 league appearances for the Reds.

LB: Andre Santos - Arsenal:

In the closing stages of the 2011 transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made a late flurry of moves including the signing of Brazilian left-back Andre Santos for a fee of around £5.9 million.

The former Fenerbahce man proved to be nowhere near the required Premier League standard, with his positional sense bordering on a joke. In his two years with the club he made just 23 league appearances.

His time at Arsenal will be remembered most for managing to rile Gunners fans by asking former teammate Robin van Persie to swap shirts after the half-time whistle at Old Trafford.

CB: Khalid Boulahrouz - Chelsea:

The Dutchman drive at Stamford Bridge in 2006 for a fee believed to be around £8.5 million.

After failing to impress he was shipped out on loan the following season, and permanently the year after that. He was totally devoid of any pace and proved to be a liability for Chelsea at the back.

He made only 13 league appearances for the Blues before being sold for a loss of around £5 million.

CB: Sébastien Squillaci - Arsenal:

The Frenchman arrived at the Emirates in 2010 from Sevilla for around £4 million, and he turned out to be an incredible waste of money. His slow, blundering style ensured that he could not handle the pace of the Premier League.

He was released from the club in 2013 after making just 23 league appearances.

MC: Juan Sebastian Veron - Manchester United / Chelsea:

Juan Sebastian Veron - Manchester United after a missed chanceJuan Sebastian Veron was an expensive flop for Manchester United

The Argentine legend arrived at Old Trafford in 2001 for a then British record transfer fee of £28.1 million.

The former Lazio man was considered as one of the best players in world football. He flopped, however, as his slow, languid style was not suited to the ferocious tempo of English football. He was constantly caught in possession, and he looked a shadow of his former self.

He was eventually sold on to Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2003 for a fee of around half of what United paid for him two years earlier.

It was much of the same for the Argentine in London, as injuries hampered his progress even further, and he ended up making only 15 appearances for the Blues, scoring just once.

MC: Kleberson - Manchester United:

The Brazilian moved to Manchester United in 2003 after being described as the driving force behind his country's 2002 World Cup success by then national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

He was seen as a replacement for the departed Veron at the time, but after getting injured in his second appearance for United he failed to shine in Manchester.

He made just 20 league appearances for the Red Devils in a two-year spell before being shipped off to Besiktas.

RW: Marco Boogers - West Ham United:

Quite possibly the worst ever Premier League signing. The Dutchman was brought to Upton Park for a fee of £1 million in 1995, after then manager Harry Redknapp famously admitted he had never seen him play. Maybe he should have, because he has to be the worst foreign import the league has ever seen.

In only his second appearance for the club, he came on as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford before being immediately dismissed for a crazy rib-high lunge on Gary Neville.

He made just four appearances for the Hammers before injuring his knee and was sent back to Holland, while Redknapp signed Iain Dowie, rendering Boogers surplus to requirements at the club.

LW: Albert Luque - Newcastle United:

The Spaniard moved to St James' Park for a fee of £9 million in the summer of 2005 riding a wave of high expectation.

After injuring himself in his second outing for the club, he found it difficult to establish a position as his own upon his return, and was used in a variety of roles.

During his two-year spell at the club he managed just 21 league appearances, and scored only once before being farmed off to Ajax for a fee of around £2 million.

CF: Andriy Shevchenko - Chelsea:

SRShevchenko was quite possibly the worst ever pound-for-pound signing the Premier League has witnessed

The most expensive player on the list , the Ukrainian moved to Stamford Bridge in 2006 for a fee believed to be around £30.8 million.

His time at AC Milan had seen him become recognised as Europe's most feared striker. However, his time at Chelsea was the polar opposite to his career in Milan. He seemed to have lost his pace, composure in front of goal, and any kind of movement that he once possessed.

He ended up with a poor return of just nine goals in 48 league appearances for the Blues before being loaned back to Milan and eventually released in 2009.

CF: Mateja Kezman - Chelsea:

Chelsea's Mateja Kezman celebrates his goalChelsea's Mateja Kerman failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge

The Serbian flop completes the Chelsea pairing up front.

He was brought to The Bridge in 2004 for a fee of around £5.3 million. The former Partizan Belgrade man failed to live up to expectations, however, and was sold just one year later for the same fee he was bought for.

He was wasteful in front of goal and contributed little to the team as a whole. His record of four goals in 25 league outings sums up his Chelsea career.

Here is how the team looks on paper:

Is there anyone in that XI who doesn't deserve to be there?

There were many names who could have made the list, including the likes of Arsenal's Pascal Cygan and Tottenham's Sergei Rebrov, but unfortunately there was only room for 11!

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