With the Transfer Window slamming shut I think we can all agree that Wayne Rooney’s return to his boyhood club, Everton, is one of the stellar deals of the season. With Rooney already having scored two goals and looking to be a top player once again on Merseyside, we’re taking a look back at other players who’ve returned to former clubs and succeeded.
Peter Beardsley could arguably be the most successful returning player on this list in terms of the impact he had, like Rooney he signed for his boyhood club Newcastle United In 1993. With the Club returning to the top flight and their first season in the Premier League, Beardsley captained the side to European football and came agonisingly close to the title in 1996 contributing 47 goals in 129 appearances.
Some readers will only recognise Mark Hughes as the current stony faced manager of Stoke City however during spells in the 90’s he was one of the best players to grace the Premier League. With failed attempts on the continent with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Hughes returned to Manchester United and in seven seasons scored 83 goals contributing to wins in The FA Cup, League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.
We all know the ball playing centre back that is Gerard Pique. He’s won almost every trophy under the sun and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, not to mention he’s married to Shakira! But did you know he spent an ill-fated 4 years at Manchester United? After his less than impressive time in England, Gerard returned home to Barcelona and has racked up 246 appearances with 21 goals to boot truly showing that (in our opinion) Pique is the real winner around here.
This list wouldn’t be complete until we provided some reading for the football hipsters amongst us, staying away from the Premier League and saying ‘hallo’ to the Bundesliga. After making a single appearance for Bayer Munich, Hummel’s was released by the Bavarians and quickly snapped up by Borussia Dortmund. After 7 years of wunderbar performances for Die Schwarzgelben Hummels resigned for Munich for a free transfer in 2016 leading the club to the title showing that some players just need more time to develop.
Without question one of the most powerful and dynamic strikers to ever grace the Premier League, Didier Drogba is a Chelsea legend. Playing 226 games and scoring 100 goals Drogba signed out on the high of winning the Champions League for an astronomical pay rise over in China however in 2014 few would have predicted Jose Mourinho would bring the Ivorian back to the Bridge. With 4 more premier league goals and lots of experience shared with teammates, Chelsea won the league yet again, Drogba all seasons showed himself to be nothing but a winner.