Top 10 German players to grace the Premier League

first_imgManchester United have officially completed a deal to sign Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich.Astonishingly, the 30-year-old will become the first German to grace the Premier League in a Red Devils shirt.While Germany have thrived on an international front, the numbers to grace our shores have been few and far between down the years.Nevertheless, the current World Cup champions have still provided us with some stellar imports.To pay homage to Schweinsteiger’s move, talkSPORT have collated ten of the best German players to ever play in the Premier League.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see if you agree… 10 10 10 6. Thomas Hitzlsperger – click right to see the next German player on our list – Three spells in the Premier League for ‘The Hammer’ left a resonating impact on English football fans. While he was never prolific, the quality of his strikes meant he could have launched his own goal of the season competition. 3. Jurgen Klinsmann – continue to see the next German player on our list – Just the one full season in England, but what a season it was. Klinsmann took the top flight by storm in 1994/1995, scoring 21 times and earning the FWA Player of the Season award. His signature dive celebration is still one of the most iconic images since the competition’s induction in 1992. Klinsmann later returned to save Spurs from relegation in the late 1990s. 10 10 10 10 10. Markus Babbel – click right to see the next German player on our list – Babbel was a defensive stalwart for Liverpool and was integral to one of the club’s most successful seasons, the 2001 cup treble-winning campaign. Sadly his time at Anfield was severely disrupted when the right back contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome, but 50 caps for his country highlighted his reliability and he will always be fondly recalled for his contribution on Merseyside. 8. Robert Huth – click right to see the next German player on our list – Another defensive rock, Huth’s enduring capabilities at the back were reinforced last season when his January move to Leicester coincided with the Foxes’ upturn in fortunes as they secured Premier League survival. Nearly 150 Premier League appearances for Stoke and encouraging spells with Middlesbrough and Chelsea before helped the 30-year-old earn 19 caps for Germany, albeit with his last coming in 2009. 7. Mesut Ozil – continue to see the next German player on our list – The jury is still out on the Arsenal attacking midfielder. While his vision can occasionally dumbfound us all, he has been accused of going missing in the Gunners’ big games and perhaps hasn’t quite justified his £42.5m price tag. Still, he’s a World Cup winner and Cristiano Ronaldo was livid about his Real Madrid departure, so he must be pretty good. 10 5. Per Mertesacker – continue to see the next German player on our list – ‘BFG’ has his critics but, like Ozil, he’s a World Cup winner and very few players read the game better. 125 league appearances for the Gunners and a vastly improved defensive record last season suggest the big German is doing something right at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s backline. 4. Dietmar Hamann – click right to see the next German player on our list – An underrated player, Hamann was another who was integral to Liverpool’s incredible 2000/2001 campaign. Like Hitzlsperger, he was deadly from distance and he is credited with triggering the Reds’ remarkable Champions League turnaround in 2005 after coming on at half time in the final. 10 9. Uwe Rosler – continue to see the next German player on our list – The current Leeds United manager had a productive spell with Manchester City in the early Premier League years, scoring an iconic chip at Old Trafford. He averaged a goal every three games for the Citizens and was named the club’s player of the season in 1994/1995. 2. Jens Lehmann – click right to see the top German player on our list – While he was a bit bonkers and will probably be remembered for a rather acrimonious scuffle with Didier Drogba, Lehmann remains one of Wenger’s best ever goalkeepers. With nearly 150 appearances and a Champions League runners-up medal on his Gunners resume, Arsenal had arguably never properly replaced the German until they signed Petr Cech last month. 10 1. Michael Ballack – A true champion, Ballack practically invented a midfield role for himself – the enforcer. While he was always a prominent member of the Chelsea squad, he had to wait until his final season at Stamford Bridge for league success as Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues romped to the title. Deadly from set piece positions, too.last_img read more