Liverpool's big money buy from France, Mamadou Sakho, made his Premier League bow last night in his side's 2-2 in Swansea.

The centre-back comes with a big reputation, as well as a big price tag, but struggled in his first outing last night.

However there is plenty of time for the big Frenchman to forge a successful career at Anfield.

Time will tell, on the other hand, if Sakho can be as successful as some of his fellow countrymen.

The following XI are my picks of the best imports from France. Agree or disagree? feel free to comment below.

Goalkeeper: Fabien Barthez- Manchester United: 92 appearances

You may well disagree with this pick straightaway

Had a few wobbles in England but also made some stunning saves and helped United to two Premier League titles.

Centre-back: Sylvain Distin- Newcastle/ Manchester City/ Portsmouth/ Everton: 415 appearances (still going)

Premier League veteran, solid as bricks, you cannot go wrong.

Hardly ever puts a foot out of line, surprising that he was never snapped up by a 'big club', still first choice with Everton today.

Centre-back: Marcel Desailly- Chelsea: 158 appearances 

Chelsea have had a few good Frenchmen and this man is right up there.

Captained the Blues and formed a great partnership with another man who will feature on this list. Unfortunate to not win the Premier League.

Centre-back: Frank Leboeuf- Chelsea: 206 appearances 

Yes, Leboeuf together with Desailly formed a defensive partnership that was the envy of everybody else.

Again, deserved to win a Premier League medal, but did win the World Cup which is alright I guess...

Central midfield: Emmanuel Petit- Arsenal/ Chelsea: 140 appearances

Petit was one of a number of French recruits under Arsene Wenger that bought about instant trophy success to Highbury.

Petit's ability to create from deep while keeping his defensive duties meant he was a cut above the rest, mainly in Arsenal colours. 

Central midfield: Patrick Viera- Arsenal/ Manchester City: 307 appearances 

Another member of a great partnership on this list, in this case it was the man just above him that formed a deadly duo.

But in his own right Viera was a leader for Arsenal, their powerhouse and go to man. 

Long since missed by Arsenal fans, ended his career with Manchester City.

Wide midfield: David Ginola- Newcastle/ Tottenham/ Aston Villa/ Everton: 195 appearances 

Best years were with Spurs where he was regarded as a genius.

One of the first to really light up England with silky skills, also had great vision and creativity.

Wide midfield: Robert Pires- Arsenal/ Aston Villa: 198 appearances/ 62 goals

An absolute pleasure to watch in his prime with the Gunners.

One of the most creative and slick players to set foot in England, one of the famous Arsenal 'invincibles'- a key figure in that side. 

Striker: Eric Cantona- Leeds/ Manchester United: 171 appearances/ 73 goals

Nicknamed 'King Eric' and its little wonder why.

A true legend on the pitch, scored some spectacular goals and his character made the Premier League a better place (once you've forgotten 'that' Kung-Fu kick...)

Striker: Nicolas Anelka- Arsenal/ Liverpool/ Manchester City/ Bolton/ Chelsea/ West Brom: 354 appearances/ 123 goals (still going)

Well travelled and nicknamed 'Le Sulk' but few can deny that Anelka is not one of the great strikers to play in England.

Keeps making comebacks having been written off and continues to score goals.

Striker: Thierry Henry- Arsenal: 258 appearances/ 175 goals

Possibly one of the greatest strikers ever, let alone in England.

The Gunners' record scorer has a statue outside The Emirates Stadium, not bad for the man that was signed initially as a midfielder.

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