Players like John Charles, David Platt and even David Beckham may have acquitted themselves admirably when playing in the peninsula but it doesn’t quite work out that way for everyone who has graced the fields of Italy in Serie A action.
The following list includes those players who haven’t quite managed to set the world alight in their respective times in Italy.
Having helped England to qualification for the European Championships in Sweden, Des Walker’s stock had certainly risen that summer and, despite the fact that he couldn’t prevent his country from crashing out of the tournament early, Walker had done enough on international duty to entice clubs from all over the continent.
Eventually his club Nottingham Forest agreed to sell him to Sampdoria for £1.5 million. The move was of benefit to both parties as a declining Forest side were getting some much-needed cash while Samp were gaining a promising defender. Or so they thought.
It was not to work out for Walker in Italy as he picked up a nasty injury in Italy that lost him both his place in his club and international sides. He managed to feature in quite a few games for the Genoa club but decided to leave at the end of the season having hardly justified his price tag.
Surprisingly though the Blucerchiati managed to make a tidy profit on the defender when Walker was sold to Sheffield Wednesday for just under £3 million which brought an end to his less than happy stay in Italy.