5 Stars Who Return to Former Clubs, Success Or Failure?
After 13 years in Manchester United’s defense, Wayne Rooney decided to return with Everton, who had previously spent huge funds to bring Davy Klaasen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez.
Speaking after the transfer, Rooney is determined to get the trophy with Everton. But what about the performance trends of players while undergoing a second playing period at their club? Here, we see six stars returning to their former team.
Henry returned to Arsenal on loan after three seasons playing in La Liga with Barcelona and strengthening the MLS club New York Red Bulls. On his return to Arsenal, Henry has lost his pace, but not with his goal-scoring instinct.
He scored on his second FA Cup debut against Leeds United. He also ended his career at Arsenal very well, scoring a goal against Sunderland in his final game in the Premier League.
Brazilian David Luiz said he received a pay cut to return to Chelsea after several years playing in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, but he was rewarded with a Premier League title. His solid performance at the heart of Antonio Conte’s team’s defense proved that his decision to return to Stamford Bridge was appropriate.
Gotze was allowed to return to Dortmund three years after going on to join Bayern Munich’s rival club. Injuries have ruined Gotze’s time at Signal Iduna Park and last season he only became a nine-time starter in the Bundesliga game. The 25-year-old has been sidelined since February because of a metabolic disorder, but he is back training ahead of next season.
The so-called ‘Gods’ Liverpool striker returned to Anfield five years after leaving the club, reunited on a free transfer from Manchester City. Fowler scored seven goals in the 2006-07 season, including two goals in the Champions League match against Galatasaray. But he struggled to get a chance to play regularly and was eliminated from the squad for the Champions League final, where Liverpool lost 2-1 to AC Milan.
Tevez started his career at Boca Juniors, making his debut when he was 16, and he always vowed to return to the club. Tevez kept his promise in 2015, leaving Juventus after two sharp seasons with the Serie A club, and he won the Primera Division of Argentina and Copa Argentina with Boca. (Source: Four four Two)