Newcastle’s 5 Best Foreign Signings in the Premier League Era

While many overseas players have played for the Toon Army, there are five that stand head and shoulders above the rest…

5. Faustino Asprilla

Legend has it that Colombian international Faustino Asprilla signed for Newcastle after he was convinced by Kevin Keegan that the club was based in London. Asprilla made his debut against Middlesbrough in 1996, despite being told he wasn’t in the first 11 and downing two large glasses of red wine before the match.

On the pitch, Asprilla is remembered fondly for his Cruyff-like skills and for his hat trick in the UEFA Cup victory against Metz.

4. Phillipe Albert

“Phillipe Albert, ohhhhh! Absolutely glorious” is the immortal line spoken by commentator, Martin Tyler, in response to the Belgian’s chip over Peter Schmeichel on October 20 1996; the day that Newcastle demolished Manchester United 5-0. Of the near 1100 goals scored by the Magpies in the Premier League to date, this was arguably the best – and certainly the most satisfying!

No defender exemplified the style of attacking football that Newcastle employed in the mid-1990s quite as well as Albert. The Belgian remains a cult hero today. In fact, chants of “Phillipe, Phillipe Albert, everyone knows his name” can still be heard at St. James’s Park to this day.

3. Fabricio Coloccini

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Fabricio Coloccini was widely dismissed as a flop after struggling to adapt to the rigours of the English game in his first season in Newcastle; unfortunately coinciding with the club’s relegation to the Championship in 2009. However, Coloccini went on to help the Magpies go straight back into the top flight on their first attempt. Now a mainstay in the side, he is widely considered to be one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League and many free bets tipsters will be hoping he can keep Newcastle up again this season.

2. Yohan Cabaye

Many Toon fans consider Yahan Cabaye to be the club’s best midfielder since Rob Lee in the 1990s. And the impact of his transfer to Paris Saint Germain in January 2015 has been devastating. Indeed, the Magpies are suffering from a distinct lack of creativity in the middle of the park.

Despite not being blessed with a great deal of pace, it is Cabaye’s obvious intelligence in his manoeuvring, distribution and flawless dead ball execution that set him apart from the rest and captivated supporters.

1.David Ginola

David Ginola’s transfer from PSG cost Newcastle just £2.5 million in 1995, which most fans now agree was an absolute bargain. The suave Frenchman would go on to provide countless moments of brilliance during the two seasons he spent at St. James’s Park. His natural skill on the ball and the way he hypnotised defenders with so little effort makes him the best foreign import to ever put on a black and white shirt.

 

 

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