11 players whose reputations were ruined after moving to England
1. Sergei Rebrov (Tottenham and West Ham)
Rebrov's failure to see eye-to-eye with successive Tottenham managers scuppered his chances of a successful career in N17
He wasn't the first person to fall out with George Graham or Glenn Hoddle, but Rebrov's failure to see eye-to-eye with successive Tottenham managers scuppered his chances of a successful career in N17.
A distinctly modest return of 10 goals in 60 league matches (and an underwhelming loan spell with Fenerbahce) was positively prolific compared with his two-goal haul in 27 games for West Ham. Little wonder the diminutive Ukrainian couldn't wait to hot-foot it back to Dynamo Kyiv in 2005, the club he's successfully managed since 2014.
2. Kleberson (Manchester United)
Having played a key role in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning squad, Kleberson arrived at Old Trafford in 2003 to the sound of Alex Ferguson claiming he could become a "true United great".
It never quite worked out for the former Atletico Paranaense man, though, with Kleberson later conceding that he never got to grips with the pace of English football. He left United for Besiktas in 2005, returned to Brazil for almost six years, then hopped over to the USA for spells with Philadelphia Union, Indy Eleven and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he currently resides.
3. Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea)
The former Milan goal-getter was a total flop at Stamford Bridge, scoring only nine goals in 47 Premier League outings
Personally gift-wrapped and delivered by owner Roman Abramovich, Shevchenko’s £30 million signing in 2006 – then an English record – was supposed to be a present for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Instead the former Dynamo Kiev and Milan goal-getter was a total flop at Stamford Bridge, finding the net only nine times in 47 Premier League outings.
"Not for one second did I fit in with Chelsea's style," admitted the Ukranian, who re-joined Milan on loan for the 2008/09 season and then ended his career at first club Dynamo Kiev.
4. Tomas Brolin (Leeds and Crystal Palace)
The less said about his wretched spell at Crystal Palace, the better
After excelling for his country at Euro 92 and the World Cup two years later, Brolin's arrival at Leeds in 1995 even made the dour Howard Wilkinson break into a smile of satisfaction.
Yet it all went horribly wrong. Injuries and poor form scuppered his progress, as Brolin piled on the pounds and failed to make any sort of impression at Elland Road. Then followed a wretched spell at Crystal Palace; overweight yet somehow in the Eagles' side for the final half of 1997/98 thanks to injuries, he played 13 games as the south-east Londoners were relegated and duly left to play one more match in his career for Swedish side Hudiksvalls A.B.K. As a goalkeeper.