The Greatest South-American XI in Premier League History
We try to create a line - up of the best South Americans the Premier League ever had...
The Premier League has been home to a host of special footballing talents from across the globe, for well over two decades now. While the French, Welsh, and Spanish players have dominated the league when it comes to foreign footballers, the men from South America aren't far behind. Be it the samba skills of those from Brazil, or the robust tackles of the Argentines, the Latin Americans have mesmerized the fans of the Premier League for ages now.
Today, we scrutinize the South Americans to have graced the English soil, and try to come up with perhaps the best all-South American eleven there could be. The formation we're going with is a standard 4-4-2.
Goalkeeper - Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur, Watford)
The Brazilian shot-stopper has been playing his football in England since 2008, and has narrowly pipped compatriot Julio Cesar to the spot, who missed out since he was at QPR for a mere two years. Gomes has been a real star for Watford, and has been hugely dependable in goal for the hornets, barring a mistake or two. He has made a total of 210 PL appearances so far, and is still going strong at 36.
Gomes had a far from ideal start, though, as mistakes proved to be costly. Tottenham were in the relegation zone in 2008 initially, when Gomes had the goalkeeping responsibilities. High-profile bloopers continued, as Gomes was largely at fault for Spurs' dismal Champions League performance that season. Tottenham went on to sign Brad Friedel on a free transfer, and then Hugo Lloris from Lyon in 2011, which saw Heurelho Gomes eventually become 3rd choice.
Gomes' tough time at London was brought to an end in 2014, when he signed for Watford. Gomes played a crucial role in their promotion campaign, and is now well settled at the club, as they continue to establish themselves as Premier League regulars.