Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has been the stage to many of the greatest players of its age. The league’s global appeal is undeniable, drawing players and fans from all over the world.
As of September 2018, 108 FIFA-affiliated nations have been represented in the league; these are the players from nations perhaps not so commonly associated with producing top-tier footballing talent.
Having played in the Angolan leagues since 1999, Manucho’s showing at Petro Atletico in 2006 and 2007 was enough to pique the interest of Manchester United. He impressed the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson during a three-week trial and was given a contract.
After that, Manucho played once for United, collecting an assist, before being loaned out to Hull City in the same season. The Angolan scored twice in 13 games but never made another appearance in the Premier League.
Three Premier League players have represented Barbados at an international level, but only one is from the island nation itself. Gregory Goodridge is best known for his blistering pace, which made quite the impression through his seven games for QPR.
His only goal for the club was from a corner kick; Goodridge fired the ball from the flag, and it ricocheted into the back of the net.
Three Bermudan stars have made it to the Premier League in the form of Kyle Lightbourne, Shaun Goater, and Nakhi Wells.
All three are from Hamilton, all three are strikers, but only Goater could make the net bulge by scoring 13 league goals for Manchester City, who are the 13/20 favourites to win the Premier League.
Quite the decorated goalie in his homeland, Gunnar Nielsen’s trip to the Premier League saw him play 17 minutes for Manchester City after Shay Given picked up an injury. He managed to hold onto a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
Born in Banjul, Modou Barrow was signed by Swansea for £1.7 million in 2014 from Swedish club Superettan following a season of 10 goals and eight assists in 19 games.
In the Premier League, however, the now 25-year-old could only ripple the net once through 51 games. Now featuring for Reading, his team are at 6/1 to finish in the Championship top 12.
Hailing from Liberia, Alex Nimely, George Weah, and Christopher Wreh have managed to make it onto a Premier League pitch.
Nimely played seven minutes against Burnley and went on loan to Middlesbrough and Coventry, Weah clocked 18 appearances and four goals over two seasons at Chelsea and Manchester City, and Wreh scored three goals in 28 league games for Arsenal.
George Weah hung up his boots in 2003 and is now the President of Liberia.
Sierra Leone has delivered two players to Watford and one to Norwich City over the last 12 years. Al Bangura and Albert Jarrett signed for the Hornets in 2006/07.
Bangura managed to play 16 games while Jarrett played once before being loaned out twice in the same season to League Two. Kei Kamara, on the other hand, was loaned from MLS side Sporting Kansas City at the winter deadline to try and boost Norwich City’s scoring.
After making a four-minute cameo against Fulham, he was subbed on against Everton and scored a towering header to tie up the scoreline at 1-1. The Canaries won 2-1 and finished 11th in the table.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*