As the A-League’s newest club, Western Sydney Wanderers have been prone to the occasional misstep when it comes to bringing in overseas players.

While Shinji Ono and Nico Martinez are excellent exceptions, foreigners at the Wanderers have flopped more than they’ve flourished.

From strikers who make Kerem Bulut look good to players you have completely forgotten even played for the club.

 

Here’s are the five worst foreigners to grace Western Sydney:

1. Dino Kresinger

He was a striker so unsuccessful in front of goal, everyone started to love him for it. King Kresinger, as he shall forever be known, managed just two goals from 25 games but despite his lack of impact up top earned himself a chant for his sheer determination and is remembered surprisingly fondly by the red and black. A sensational Semi Final back-heel strike he had next to no idea about cements his status as the Wanderers finest foreign flop.

2. Seyi Adeleke

Something about this player had everyone excited when he initially arrived but that excitement quickly evaporated once his half-hearted displays on the field were unveiled. Adeleke managed just four games for the club, which included him missing a penalty in a Club World Cup shootout, to ensure a lot of fans prefer to forget Adeleke ever donned the red and black.

3. Federico Piovaccari

He may have had a better goal to game ratio than Kresinger with two strikes from 12 appearances, but this thick-thighed forward got none of the love Dino did. Playing with his head down most of the time, Piovaccari looked like a man in search of a holiday not first team football or goals. He obviously made a mistake picking Parramatta as his holiday destination.

4. Aritz Borda

Although with a wealth of experience to his name, this Spanish defender has often looked out of his depth this season. Two red cards, including one in his A-League debut, and a general lack of awareness ensures Borda has spent much of the season in the stands. He pips Bruno Pinatares to the prize of worst foreigner this season in the red and black. But only just.

5. Vitor Saba

In terms of sheer skill, Saba is right up there with the best. Yet the short-statured midfielder lasted just eight games for the club as he struggled with the physicality downunder and in Asian competition. A regrettable member of the list, he was thrown into the deep end of an ultimately successful ACL campaign for the Wanderers and remains a respectful supporter of the club despite his early exit.

 

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