Thierry Henry voicing his desire to go back to Arsenal again one day to work for them again got GMF thinking – which legends would fans of top Premier League clubs like to see return?
Gunners supporters were delighted when their record goalscorer returned on loan in January of last season for a brief loan spell.
Scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup replay against Leeds United just a few minutes after coming on served to reinforce his status as one of the greatest players ever to have worn an Arsenal shirt.
There are few things like the return of an idol, though it doesn’t always turn out brilliantly as they can often come back a shadow of themselves.
Which of the current greats of your club would you like to see go back to your club?
It’s not necessarily to come back as a coach because some players, like Henry, could return and still contribute something on the pitch.
Though the return of a club legend could be about morale boosting behind the scenes or a bit of extra nous on the training pitch.
So, Thierry Henry inspired GMF to have a think and come up with one club great some of the top Premier League sides would love to welcome back.
Chelsea – Didier Drogba
The Ivory Coast captain only left in the summer and the memories of him leading Chelsea to their first ever Champions League victory are still fresh in the mind.
A Drogba reunion would bring some good feeling back to Stamford Bridge at the very least and, let’s be honest, Rafa Benitez needs as much of that as he can get.
Galatasaray have landed the powerful striker for their Champions League campaign and Blues fans will be casting envious eye over to Turkey when he makes his bow.
Manchester United – Edwin van der Sar
David de Gea was brilliant in the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid this week but it is safe to say he has not exactly been consistent since his switch from Atletico Madrid.
So what better man to return and lend a helping hand than the great Van der Sar? Neither De Gea or Anders Lindegaard are the most experienced ‘keepers, so the bit Dutchman’s advice could go some way in helping them settle.
Van der Sar left some pretty big boots, and gloves, to fill when he decided to retire, so some guidance behind the scenes for his young replacement is hardly going to hurt.
Arsenal – Dennis Bergkamp
Ok, the whole idea was sparked by Thierry Henry’s admission but the ‘Invincibles’ aren’t long gone form the game and there are other members that could bring something.
Bergkamp is currently assistant manager at Ajax and is doing a fine job next to old Holland teammate Frank de Boer, but he could be doing that job for the Gunners.
‘The Iceman’ would bring the knowledge of winning and the consistency needed to produce excellence every week. Arsenal are often criticised for lacking leaders and Bergkamp’s returning would give them a classy one behind the scenes.
Tottenham Hotspur – Ledley King
Injury cruelly affected King’s Spurs career, stopping him from realise the potential he had to become one of the world’s best defenders.
When he finally decided to retire he was supposedly taking on a role as club ambassador but his true worth to the White Hart Lane club is on the training pitch.
King’s anticipation and reading of the game was exemplary and Spurs fans would certainly be happier in the knowledge that the former skipper is helping out on the bench and the training ground.
Manchester City – Georgi Kinkladze
Back in the days when the Premier League was young and foreign stars were relatively rare, Maine Road welcomed a star that shone as bright as any.
Georgi from Georgia was a sensation when he first arrived at Manchester City and fans urged him to go on a trademark mazy run whenever he picked up the ball.
Although he doesn’t have the coaching experience to help on the training ground, Kinkladze’s presence would delight Citizens fans and some good feeling wouldn’t go amiss at the Etihad Stadium.
Which ex-stars do you think would help raise the spirits or performance at your club? Leave a comment below to let us know…