FourFourTwo's 100 best foreign Premier League players ever: 80-71
Yakubu's hopscotching career – which encompassed stints at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn, and nigh on 100 goals – often had him painted of something as a hired gun. But for those inclined to see things another way, such mid-table journeymanship has a romantic element to it, too. And besides, even as a hired gun, Yakubu rarely did anything less than a brutally efficient job.
A desperately unfortunate knee ligament injury at Everton interrupted his momentum while he was in arguably the best form of his career, and he returned looking a shell of the player he was, many fearing he'd never recover from his pace having seemingly been expunged overnight. But on he battled, dropping down a division with Leicester before returning in 2011/12 with 17 goals for a doomed, desperate Blackburn side during a heartening last hurrah in the top flight. AH
75. N’Golo Kante
74. Lucas Radebe
It’s hard to overstate the importance of Lucas Radebe to Leeds during his time at Elland Road; the talisman of South African football was the rock around which several Whites’ sides revolved.
Radebe arrived in Yorkshire from Kaizer Chiefs in 1994, and after a difficult start under Howard Wilkinson, remained at the club for over 10 years to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most reliable centre-backs. He skippered the young side that finished fourth in 1998/99, then third a season later before 2000/01's memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals (which injury cruelly robbed him a part of, and much of his career thereafter).
The Soweto-born defender was the face of South Africa’s return to the international stage and part of the side that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. He remains a true Leeds legend. RE