There’s always a couple of transfers, every window, that leave fans up and down the country scratching their head.
Who can forget when West Ham flop Julian Faubert ‘earned’ his move to Real Madrid? Or when Sol Campbell decided the next best move for his career was to join Notts County?
But looking back on some of the biggest and best players of recent years, there is always a couple of stop-offs in their career that raise an eyebrow.
Whether it’s a loan spell at the start of their footballing journey, or one last hurrah before retirement.
Here we take a look at a few players that you may have forgotten played for the teams in question…
Fabinho – Real Madrid
Fabinho made just one appearance for Los Blancos
The Liverpool midfielder turned defensive lynchpin has spent much of this season in unfamiliar surroundings, but to see him in the white of Real Madrid looks particularly unusual.
During his younger days, Fabinho was loaned to Real Madrid Castilla from Rio Ave in 2012, making a solitary appearance for the senior team a year later.
Kieran Trippier – Manchester City
Trippier started his career with City, but failed to make the grade
The England international came through the ranks at City, but failed to make almost any impact in a Sky Blue shirt.
He did make a couple of appearances however, in a pre-season match against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2009, before being part of the travelling squad that visited the United States 12-months later.
Patrick van Aanholt – Chelsea
Van Aanholt did get a taste of first-team football at Chelsea
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For a while, it looked as if Van Aanholt would go the way of so many Chelsea loanees. Signed as a 17-year-old, the Blues sent him on five loan deals in as many seasons.
But in contrast to some of the players in the Chelsea loan system, the Crystal Palace full-back did get a very…