Wayne Rooney - Press image courtesy Rooney's official twitter account
CAIRO –10 July 2017: On the occasion of the return of English secondary striker Wayne Rooney to his home Everton after 13 years from Manchester United, the Premier League's official Twitter account posted a video on Sunday about the most notable players that have returned to their clubs after a glorious journey.
The 31-year-old striker started his football career after he transferred from Everton’s U-18 team to the first team in 2002. He won Manchester United five Premier League titles, five English Super Cup titles, four Carling Cup titles, one FA cup title, one FIFA Club World Cup title, and one Champions League title, and he managed to be the top scorer of the Premier League in season 2008/2009, according to Transfermarkt.
English striker Robert Bernard Fowler, better known as Robbie Fowler, came as the first player in Premier League’s video. He played with Liverpool from 1993 to 2001, participating in 236 PL games and scoring 120 goals. Fowler moved to Leeds United and Manchester City before he returned to Liverpool in 2005 to play until 2007, and he participated in 30 games, scoring eight goals. Fowler retired in 2012 in the Thailandian League with SCG Muangthong United.
The Spurs Tottenham Hotspur participated with its highly skilled former striker, the Irish Robbie Keane, who played for the Spurs from 2002 until 2008.He appeared in 197 PL matches, scoring 80 goals. Keane returned to the Spurs to play with them from 2009 until 2011, scoring 11 goals during 41 PL appearances.
Champions League winner Didier Drogba, the Ivoirian striker, is also one of the players who played for a long time with a Premier League team and returned to London Blues Chelsea in 2011/2012. Drogba joined the Blues in 2004 until 2012, from the French club Olympique Marseille. The Ivoirian returned another time to Chelsea for only one season in 2014/2015. He scored only four goals in 28 PL appearances.
Maybe the Premier League account intended to save the best for the last, as the video ended with Arsenal legend, French center forward Thierry Henry. He played for the Gunners Arsenal from 1999 through 2007, scoring 174 goals in 254 league matches. Henry transferred from Arsenal to Barcelona, then to the New York Red Bulls, before returning to Arsenal in a loan transfer in 2012. He participated in 4 games, only scoring one goal. Henry retired in 2015 with the New York Red Bulls. Now he is the assistant coach for the Belgian national team.