A point in another thread got me thinking about our success rate when buying from abroad. I went back and checked on the previous 10 seasons and the list is really poor.
Granted, there are kids we took gambles on. there are also people who could
have been a success but were not here long enough (Donovan/Manny Fernandes for example).
But out of all of these there are, maybe, 3 that were consistent performers who made us a better team for more than a season:
Mirallas, Pienaar and Fellaini are the obvious 3.
Maybe Heitinga for some people.
Deulofeu looked good but didn't do anywhere near enough.
Oviedo was a solid squad player possibly.
Funes Mori & Besic still have time to turn it around i suppose (ha, ditto Niasse).
But that's a really poor record.