Five Best Nostalgic Signings of All Time

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Grant McQuillan

Robbie Fowler to Liverpool

Robbie Fowler was synonymous with Liverpool throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, as the man that the Kop nicknamed ‘God’ guided the Reds to an FA Cup, two League Cups, and a UEFA Cup in his first stint at the club that began in 1993.

Fowler scored a whopping 171 goals for the club before breaking hearts and leaving for Leeds in 2001. He spent two seasons with the Whites before joining Manchester City in 2003 and making 80 appearances for the Citizens.

In 2006, Fowler made his famous return to Anfield and described how he felt like "a kid waking up on Christmas morning every day" ahead of his second debut. He scored 12 goals in his second spell with the Merseyside outfit.

Juninho to Middlesbrough

Juninho remains a cult hero for Middlesbrough fans, following his three spells with the North East side.

The Brazilian was a coup for Boro, who signed the 22-year-old for £4.75m back in 1995. The midfielder spent two years in Teesside, being one of the standout performers in the Premier League despite Boro being relegated at the end of the 1997 campaign. This led to the Brazilian leaving to have a higher chance of getting a place in the Brazil World Cup side, seeing Boro sell the little magician to Atletico Madrid for £13m.

After two years of struggling with injuries in Madrid, Middlesbrough brought Juninho back on loan, where he made a further 28 appearances. The man that Boro faithful nicknamed "he Little Fella", spent some time on loan in Portugal and Brazil before sending Middlesbrough supporters into ecstasy when he signed for them again in 2002. The 5ft 6" playmaker scored 11 times for the club in his third spell and helped them win the League Cup in 2004.

Didier Drogba to Chelsea

One of the best strikers the Premier League has ever witnessed, Didier Drogba was a Chelsea icon after his first spell with the west London outfit from 2004 until 2012.

The Ivorian racked up 164 goals for the club in 381 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, guiding them to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and a Champions League triumph.

Drogba left Stamford Bridge in 2012 in what looked to be the twilight of his career, moving to Shanghai Shenhua in China. He then spent 18 months at Galatasaray before making the huge return back to Chelsea in 2014, linking up with Jose Mourinho again.

Drogba further established himself as a Chelsea great, helping his side pick up another league title and League Cup in 2015.

Wayne Rooney to Everton

You could see early on in his career that Wayne Rooney was going to be a world-class player and that it would only be a matter of time before he made the move away from Everton.

His massive transfer worth around £30m to Manchester United saw his career elevate, as the young teen from Croxteth became one of United and England’s best-ever players, breaking records and winning trophies.

Rooney spent 13 glittering years at Old Trafford before returning to his boyhood team in 2017. The former England captain was Everton top scorer in his sole season back with the Toffees, scoring 11 goals, including that own-half strike of beauty against West Ham United to seal his first and only hat-trick for the Everton.

Teddy Sheringham to Spurs

Whilst at Tottenham Hotspur, Teddy Sheringham established himself as one of the best strikers in the country and became the top goal scorer of the inaugural 1992/93 Premier League season. But, after 166 league appearances, the Englishman left Spurs to join United.

Sheringham went on to spend four years at Old Trafford, scoring 31 goals in the league, as well scoring that memorable equalizer against Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp to help United on their way to one of, if not the greatest comeback of all-time to clinch the treble.

However, after falling down the pecking order behind the likes of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, Sheringham made the return to north London and re-joined Spurs in 2001. He went on to make another 70 appearances in the Premier League for Spurs, scoring 22 times.

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