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Bolton Wanderers: Top 5 Best Foreign Imports

Chris counts down his top five foreign Wanderers players

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I know you all love list articles - but we're trying something new here.

Bolton Wanderers have had a plethora of foreign stars over the years, some of whom have done better than the rest - but we'll talk about them at a later date.

So with that in mind, let's begin:

5) Per Frandsen

Danish hero Per was the focus of a then-record £2.2m double signing with compatriot Michael Johansen back in the dark days of the First Division. A strong attacking midfielder with the ability to stick his foot in when it counts, the Dane scored goals aplenty and was a loyal servant to the club, making some 265 appearances over two spells, mixed in with a spell at near rivals Blackburn Rovers. He was shafted royally by the club when he was let go in 2004, where he would go on to have an ill-fated stint at Wigan Athletic before retiring through injury after just nine appearances.

4) Youri Djorkaeff

Former Inter Milan and Kaiserslauten attacker Djorkaeff arrived at the club on loan in 2002, impressing everyone with his class and influence on a struggling Bolton side. His move was made permanent at the end of the season with him being one of the first foreign icons to pitch up at Wanderers in the modern era. Djorkaeff scored some world-class goals including this famous bicycle kick away at Charlton Athletic.

3) Nicolas Anelka

Controversial ex-Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Anelka became Bolton's club record signing in 2006 when he signed for £8m from Turkish side Fenerbahce. It took over a dozen games for him to score his first goal for the club, but when he struck from 25 yards against Arsenal he went on a fantastic scoring run and was easily one of the most lethal centre forwards that we have ever had. Despite making just 53 appearances for the club, Anelka deserves his spot in this top 5 list as a man and a player of supreme class.

2) Jussi Jaaskelainen

Finnish goalkeeper Jaaskelainen joined from VPS in 1997 for a measly £100,000. An inauspicious couple of seasons led to him developing into one of the greatest goalkeepers of the modern era, and certainly the best value-for-money signing in Premier League history. Despite a couple of bad knee injuries and having to play behind Zat Knight, Jussi will forever be remembered as a veteran of some 474 appearances. Now warming the bench at Wigan Athletic, his son William is a professional at Bolton and is keeping the family name alive.

1) Jay Jay Okocha

So good they named him twice etc - the Nigerian magician signed for Sam Allardyce on a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain in 2002, and after a slow start soon became the club's talisman. A seven-time Nigerian Footballer of the Year, and twice winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year prize, he made a total of 124 appearances for the Whites - many as captain - before leaving to join Qatar SC in 2006.