The Premier League has seen some tall players since its inception in 1992 – none have quite had their head in the clouds as much as former Manchester City giant Costel Pantilimon.
While Wolves new boy Sasa Kalajdzic, who stands at a towering 6ft 7in, might not quite reach the heights of Pantilimon, he does almost give the Romanian a run for his money.
Here Daily Star Sport looks at the six tallest stars to have played in the Premier League. From a striker who reached the 100 club despite his gangly frame to a full-back who continues to baffle fans with his size.
Costel Pantilimon – 6ft 8in
Pantilimon first made his way to these shores with City, but after three seasons and seven Prem appearances, the Romanian made his way further north.
The Romanian rocked up at Sunderland, and the Stadium of Light, where he finally graduated to the first team. The giant Romanian moved onto his third Prem club after the Black Cats with Watford, but once again he struggled to break into the first team.
These days the 35-year-old doesn't have a club, and his most recent spell was in Turkey with Denizlispor.
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Lacina Traore – 6ft 8in
Pantilimon isn't the only giant standing at 203cm – Everton flop Lacina Traore also stood at the same height.
The less said about Traore's time on Merseyside the better; the Ivorian failed to make any sort of meaningful update over six months on loan at Goodison Park. Traore is perhaps best remembered for jumping ship to Anzhi Makhachkala in the early 2010s.
Makhachkala had dreams of reaching the pinnacle of European football, but an attempt to bankroll them there only ended in tears.
Peter Crouch – 6ft 7in
Without a doubt, the most successful name on this list: Peter Crouch bagged goals for England as well as finding the net over 100 times in the Premier League.
Crouchy, as he's affectionately known, is well remembered at Liverpool and Tottenham – as well as the plethora of other Prem sides he played for. However, he hung up his boots in 2019 after a spell at Burnley.
He now runs a successful podcast – and even moved into the alcohol game with his own unique twist.
Nikola Zigic – 6ft 7in
Nikola Zigic is a cult hero in the West Midlands, but he's perhaps best known for his exploits in the Championship with Birmingham City.
However, when the big Serb arrived at West Midlands airport, he was singing as a Premier League player, earning him a spot on this list. Zigic found the net five times in his maiden, and only, Premier League campaign.
The 41-year-old retired in 2015, drawing to a close five years at St Andrew's.
Stefan Maierhofer – 6ft 7in
Stefan Maierhofer's spell in the Premier League might seem like a lifetime ago for the big Austrian.
Maierhofer joined Wolves as Mick McCarthy desperately tried to steer his side clear of the relegation zone. He notched on his debut, but an injury ruled him out for the majority of the campaign, and he was soon shipped out on loan.
Incredibly, at 40-yer-old, Maierhofer is still a proffesional footballer, although he is currently searching for a club.
Ian Feuer – 6ft 7in
You'd be forgiven for forgetting that the 6ft 7in American Ian Feuer has five Premier League appearances to his name.
The first three came in the 1999/00 season for West Ham, six years after he had initially put pen-to-paper as a Hammer. The second two came almost two years later as he turned out between the sticks for Derby in the 2001/02 campaign.
Feuer stayed on these shores, and he retired in 2002 after a tough spell with Wolves.
Lars Leese – 6ft 7in
Another star from the late 1990s, Lars Leese has nine Premier League appearances to his name with Barnsley.
In those nine games between the sticks in South Yorkshire, the German found himself picking the ball out of his net on 16 separate occasions. Leese was soon back on his way to Germany to join third tier outfit SCB Preussen Koln.
Leese retired soon after, and he currently manages DSK Köln.
Stefan Postma – 6ft 7in
As a perennial back-up keeper Stefan Posma made a spate of appearances for Aston Villa over three seasons.
Even with his imposing 6ft 7in frame, the Dutchman couldn't muscle himself into plans at Villa Park. Instead, he went searching for pastures new, and rocked up at Wolves – then in the Championship – in 2005.
Postma saw out his career in the Dutch second tier outfit AGOVV Apeldoorn in 2011.
Dan Burn – 6ft 6in
Yes, Dan Burn is a full-back and not a centre-back: a fact football fans love to remind each other every time the big man is lining up.
Burn, who was born just north of Newcastle, rocked up on Tyneside in January as one of the first signings under their new mega-money ownership. Burn had previously burst onto Premier League screens on the south coast with Brighton.
At 30-years-old, Burn continues to star in Eddie Howe's side.
Sasa Kalajdzic – 6ft 7in
And all of that brings us to the final entry on our list, soon-to-be Wolves striker Sasa Kalajdzic.
The Austrian international is set to arrive in England imminently with his medical set for Tuesday. Kalajdzic has impressed in the Bundesliga, but he was left out of Stuttgart's squad over the weekend with his move to the Prem on the horizon.
Kalajdzic will offer Wolves a new dimension to their attack, with Bruno Lage's side struggling in front of goal.
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