10 players who have returned home
Some of our favourite returning heroes
Wayne Rooney’s career went full circle this week as he returned to Everton from Manchester United, 13 years after leaving Goodison Park. The England striker, still only 31 years old, told fans helping The Toffees win a trophy would be the pinnacle.
Rooney netted 253 goals for The Red Devils in 559 games, seeing him become the club’s leading scorer. Everton, boosted by some ambitious summer signings, will be hoping he can keep that form going, and fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku, who moved in the opposite direction, joining United for £75m.
Wayne’s move got us thinking of our favourite players who have returned to a club for a second crack at it…..
Teddy Sheringham – Tottenham
Sheringham hit the ground running at Tottenham in 1992. The London born striker won the golden boot in his first year for Spurs, scoring 22 goals. Sheringham moved to Manchester United as a replacement for Eric Cantona in 1997, but returned to White Hart Lane on a free in 2001, having no trouble picking up where he left off.
Carlos Tevez – Boca Juniors
Carlos Tevez broke onto the scene at Boca Juniors aged just 16, during the 2001/02 season. His performances earned him a big money move to Europe, playing for West Ham, Man Utd, Man City and Juventus, before returning to Boca in 2015. There he achieved a personal goal of winning the Argentine Primera Division and Copa Argentina.
Joe Cole – West Ham
The popular midfielder from Paddington wore the claret and blue between 1998 and 2003, his form winning him a move to London rivals Chelsea, having rejected a new deal at Upton Park. Following his time at the Bridge, Cole played for Liverpool and Lille before going back to The Hammers in 2013. Set up two goals on his second debut.
Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid
Torres came through the Atletico Madrid academy, scoring 13 goals in 29 games during his first season in La Liga. Efforts in the Spanish top flight eventually saw him seal a move to Liverpool, where he went on to become a favourite. The striker moved to Chelsea in a £50m transfer, but was nowhere near as successful, and was back at Atletico via Milan in 2015. 45,000 fans turned out to see him re-sign.
Robbie Fowler – Liverpool
One of the most iconic strikers ever to pull on the red of Liverpool, Fowler joined Leeds United for £13m in 2001 but injury and the financial crisis at Elland Road meant he was sold to Man City in January 2003 on the cheap. When returning to Anfield in 2000, fans unfurled a banner reading ‘God, welcome back to heaven’.
Barry Ferguson – Rangers
Pushed out the door during the PLG era, Ibrox favourite Barry Ferguson went to Blackburn Rovers, where he played Premiership football. Ferguson was made captain by Graeme Souness in 2004 but lasted just 16 months, handing in a written request telling Rovers bosses he missed playing in Old Firm derbies. Back at Rangers in 2005.
Peter Beardsley – Newcastle
The Toon Army worshiped the ground Beardsley walked on but he moved to Liverpool in 1987, saying he wanted to win more trophies. That’s exactly what he did at Anfield, but in 1993 Bearsley was a Magpie again, and to some effect, serving as captain as they came painfully close to winning the title in 1996.
Ian Rush – Liverpool
Has there ever been a more popular Liverpool player? He won four league titles and two European cups, but fancied a change and was off Juventus for a British record transfer fee of £3.2m. Rush didn’t settle though, famously saying it was like living in a foreign country. 1988 he was back, and the rest is history.
Mark Hughes – Manchester United
Hughes also wanted to sample European living, but knew he belonged at Old Trafford. The Welshman caught the eye in his early days at United before moving to Barcelona in 1986 and Bayern Munich a year later. In 1988 Sir Alex Ferguson brought Hughes back for a club record £1.8m. Voted player of the year in 1989 and 1991.
Graeme Le Saux – Chelsea
Was chucked out of Stamford Bridge in 1993, throwing a wobbler after being substituted. GLS was sold to Blackburn shortly after, but Chelsea paid £5m to get him back in 1997, making him the most expensive defender in English football.