We’re always bound to see a few shocking transfers every transfer window, but this one didn’t even take place in January.
At one point, Steven Caulker was one of the brightest centre-backs in English football.
He won a cap for England against Sweden back in 2012 – where he scored, too – and has had spells at big clubs like Spurs and Liverpool.
However, after Cardiff made him the most expensive player in their history back in 2013, his career has been patchy to say the least.
An ill-fated move to Queens Park Rangers following Cardiff’s relegation brought about the same result for QPR, relegation. Subsequently, Caulker’s stocked plummeted from the promising young English defender many had high hopes for.
Caulker left Queens Park Rangers by mutual consent on 28 December 2017, but he only made his mind up where to sign at the beginning of February.
And to the surprise of many, Caulker has decided to rebuild his career in Scotland with Neil McCann’s Dundee United.
Dundee sit ninth in the Scottish Premier League and are only five points above the foot of the table, but Caulker is excited to get going.
“I spoke with the manager, he gave me a call and I really liked the sound of him,” Caulker told his club website.
“I’m excited and looking forward to getting started.”
Back in 2012, then-Spurs defender William Gallas predicted big things for the burgeoning Caulker.
“I’m sure he’ll be one of the best in England if he works hard,” said Gallas, quoted in the Daily Star.
“He did well against [Manchester] United and what I like is that he listens. He is focused. He is not afraid to play football or to go forward and that is fantastic for him.”
One of the best in England? Well, Caulker has a massive job on his hands to fulfill that prophecy.
However, at only 26-years-old, if Caulker has a good 18 months north of the boarder, maybe he can make his way back to England’s top-tier.