Top Five Premier League Ukrainians
1. Oleg Luzhny
If every proof was needed that slow and steady wins the face, our top Premier League Ukrainian is former Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny. He didn’t set the world alight with the Gunners, but he was certainly more consistent than his compatriots.
2. Andriy Shevchenko
An owner’s signing if ever there was one. Shevchenko would probably have been a great Premier League asset if he had arrived earlier, but by the time Chelsea spent an over-inflated £30 million on him in 2006 he had lost some of the pace and fitness which his game relied on and never settled at Stamford Bridge. Still officially on their books, but it is doubtful we will see him in the Premier League again.
3. Andriy Voronin
The pony-tailed striker was never given too many chances at Liverpool, but that was because he was never really good enough to play regularly for them. Currently farmed out to Hertha Berlin on loan and doing well for himself. Depending on the day of the week he would either a) love to return to ease Liverpool’s striker shortage, or b) not been seen dead in Liverpool’s shirt.
4. Sergei Rebrov
In case Tottenham fans with a short memory thought spending millions on crap signings was a new thing at White Hart Lane, here is a gentle reminder. Spurs stumped up £11 million to bring the other half of the infamous Dynamo Kiev strikeforce to England in 2000. He flopped, hung around in the reserves a bit, went on loan, moved to West Ham, and eventually returned to Kiev in 2004. Now offers racist advice to new Premier League signings.
5. Alex Evtushok
Had a brief spell at Coventry City during the 1996-97 season. Had you heard of him? Well, that’s how big an impact he had then.
In conclusion, Ukrainians and the Premier League don’t mix very well.