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What's the most excited you've ever been for a new signing? FourFourTwo followers have their say

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Back in the day, the first time you'd get to see what a new player was like, was when he turned up for his debut. You might have seen him play against your team last year - but generally, it was difficult to really scout a new face.

Not since the advent of the television age, mind - and with YouTube, it's even easier. The chances are that you've heard of the guy you're getting at the very least - you might even have watched him extensively before or signed him on Football Manager.

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But it doesn't always work out how you plan. We asked our Twitter followers for the players that they couldn't believe their luck at signing - did they work out, too?

The good

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His one season in English football was as classy as you'd expect. Did he still have it? Hell yeah, he still had it. 

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Let's hope he didn't do the same for Robert Lewandowski in 2010. 

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Cardiff paid £350,000 Whittingham and got 457 games out of him. That's under £800 a match. Fantastic value.

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Sir John Mills, as one Hereford fan on the FFT team knows him.

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Kids today will never understand quite how great David Batty was, for a number of reasons. The first being that David Batty never gives interviews anymore.

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The early 2000s were an incredibly exciting time to be a Bolton fan. Who are you going to sign this window? Jay-Jay Okocha? Youri Djorkaeff? Rivaldo? Fernando Hierro? Never put anything past Big Sam. 

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More Jay-Jay Okocha love, this time from a Hull City fan. You can't help but get excited if you sign that guy.

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He came back though, Alan!

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Good to see some love for Veron from Manchester United fans. A fantastic player at his peak. 

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Two seventh-placed finishes and half of Portugal uprooting to the Midlands. It was a success, we reckon. 

The bad

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Scientists are still trying to explain the demise of Fernando Torres.

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The career of Edgar Davids is really quite incredible. Played at the absolute pinnacle of the game in sunglasses, was a poster boy for Nike and when you thought he was retiring back at Ajax... he turns up at Selhurst Park... before going to manage Barnet. Blimey. 

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He looked good at Barcelona. He did not look good at Tottenham. 

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After scoring his first goal for the Baggies, Anelka performed a quenelle salute, which earned him a five-match ban due to its antisemitic connotations. Then he announced he was terminating his contract, much to West Brom's surprise.

At least it was a free transfer, though.

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Those four goals in his first month, though... they were good. 

The undecided

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Xherdan Shaqiri being decent but having little input in Stoke staying up is a little like Xherdan Shaqiri being decent but having little input in Liverpool winning the title. Hard to quantify if he's been a good signing anywhere he's gone, really. 

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OK, so Andrey Arshavin didn't achieve what many Arsenal fans thought he would do. But he did score four goals at Anfield and host a bizarre Q&A on his website where he revealed that he liked bears, considers astrology a science and went 20 years without going to the dentist. Hard to know if he was value for money. 

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