FourFourTwo's 100 best foreign Premier League players ever: 80-71
73. Kolo Toure
He should never have left Arsenal. A move to Manchester City in the summer of 2009 had obvious appeal, but his style of play was perfect for an Arsene Wenger-coached team. Instead, he joined an upwardly mobile club who were without a definitive identity at the time and whose recruitment strategy quickly rendered him a bit-part player.
His late career has fallen victim to the dreaded memes and, rather unkindly, he's become a figure of fun. At his best, though, he was a highly modern, aggressive centre-half who played as if he'd been built by Wenger from the studs up. It earned him a Premier League winner's medal in 2004 and, having missed out on Wenger's 2003 FA Cup Final team, the Ivorian was able to enjoyed the success against Manchester United in 2005's edition.
Technique, ambition and pace; before Liverpool, Celtic, and those lost City years, he really was an excellent defender. SSB
72. Louis Saha
Remember how he introduced himself to the Premier League? Two goals for Fulham away to Manchester United on the opening day.
However, Saha never truly became the top-flight forward he should have been. Talent took him to England's top flight and enamoured him to Sir Alex Ferguson, but he reached double figures just twice in 13 seasons (20 goals in 2003/04 for United, 13 in 2009/10 for Everton).
His is a story of what might have been – or what should have been: Saha was a player of marvellous finesse with a scoring instinct that couldn't be coached, but that he's not higher on this list conveys just how fragile he was physically. As, of course, does his appearance record: he played more than 30 Premier League games in just one season out of those 13. SSB
71. Clint Dempsey
As Bob Bradley's recent, ill-fated spell at Swansea demonstrated, it's still not easy to be an American in English football.
At the time of Dempsey's arrival (in 2007 from the New England Revolution), very few US outfielders had enjoyed any success on these shores. Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel, and Tim Howard had carved out careers as goalkeepers and Brian McBride had been a physical forward presence at Everton and later Fulham, but Dempsey was something of trailblazer. He wasn't the first to arrive, but he was the first to be truly respected.
In six-and-a-half years at Fulham – including a fabulously productive 2011/12 in which he netted 12 league goals – Dempsey made his claim to be the finest American to ever play in England. SSB
FourFourTwo's 100 best foreign Premier League players ever