Radamel Falcao: How does the Man United new boy compare to the Premier League’s great foreign legion?

Foreign world-class strikers – the Premier League’s had a few. From Thierry Henry to Ruud van Nistelrooy, from Fernando Torres to Luis Suarez and from Didier Drogba to Robin van Persie. They came, they saw, they scored.

Radamel Falcao is the latest in a long line of leading marksmen to come from the continent with a stellar reputation, the guarantee of a bucket load of goals. But Premier Leage history dictates that previous pedigree on the continent does not always translate. For every Henry and van Nistelrooy, there is a Hernan Crespo, a Fernando Morientes and an Andriy Shevchenko.

In fact it’s the Colombian’s age, 28, not simply his dubious injury record of late that, which will count against him as he looks to make a success of his time at Manchester United. The most prolific foreign strikers of the Premier League era arrived between the ages of 20 and 26; those who failed to deliver despite their undoubted class, were all between 28 and 30.

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