James Rodriguez to Arsenal? The best and worst Colombian footballers to play in the Premier League

16 Jan

James Rodriguez has been linked with a loan move to Arsenal during the January transfer window after struggling to find game time with Bayern Munich.

He is 18 months into a two year loan with the German club from Real Madrid.

James Rodriguez is currently on loan at Bayern Munich

The 27-year-old could join Unai Emery’s side until the end of the season for £3million.

There have been a number of other Colombian footballers to play in the Premier League.

Some have been a big hit while others have failed. Here’s a look at who was a success and who was not.


Juan Pablo Angel

A fan favourite at Aston Villa during his seven seasons with the club and was their record signing at the time costing £9.5million in 2001.

His best season came in 2003/04 when he netted 23 times in all competitions.

Juan Pablo Angel was a fan favourite at Aston Villa

Hamilton Ricard

Ricard scored 33 league goals for Middlesbrough in his four year career with the club.

Twice he was their top scorer netting 15 and 12 Premier League goals in successive seasons.

Hamilton Ricard played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough

Davinson Sanchez

The centre-back has impressed during his short spell at Tottenham Hotspur after signing for £42million from Ajax.

Davinson Sanchez was Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing

Hugo Rodallega

He enjoyed good spells in English football with both Wigan and Fulham.

Rodallega remains Wigan’s all-time Premier League top-scorer with 24 goals.

Hugo Rodallega is Wigan’s top scorer in the Premier League

David Ospina

Ospina could not displace Petr Cech as Arsenal number one but played in 70 games for the club winning the FA Cup twice and the Community Shield.

He was often used in cup competitions and only made 29 appearances in the Premier League.

David Ospina won two FA Cups with Arsenal


Faustino Asprilla

He went to Newcastle United with high expectations but failed to deliver. He was named as the sixth-best player in the world in 1993 and then cost Newcastle £6.7million in 1996.

He went on to score just nine goals in 48 Premier League matches over three seasons.

Faustino Asprilla scored just nine goals for Newcastle

Juan Cuadrado

Never really lived up to expectations at Chelsea after his £23.3million transfer from Fiorentina.

After just 15 games for the Blues he was shipped out to Juventus where he has enjoyed more success.

Juan Cuadrado played just 15 times for Chelsea

Radamel Falcao

Was once considered one of the best strikers in the world when he was at Porto and Atletico Madrid. His goalscoring record was phenomenal for both.

A serious knee injury hampered his career and loan spells to Manchester United and Chelsea failed to deliver what they promised.

Radamel Falcao was failed to impress in England

Victor Ibarbo

Ibarbo joined Watford on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2015 on loan from Cagliari but he left in the following January after making four appearances and scoring no goals.

Victor Ibarbo played just four times for Watford

Carlos Sanchez

Was relegated with Aston Villa during the 2015-16 Premier League season and was then loaned to Fiorentina the following year.

He also missed their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool after he was sent off the game before.

Carlos Sanchez played for Aston Villa