As Drogba heads "home" - here's five other EPL legends that returned to their old clubs for more

Didier Drogba

As the Chelsea legend re-signs for another spell at Stamford Bridge, we look at five other players that did the same.

Didier Drogba's return to Chelsea may well see Blues fans dusting off their old shirts, or then again, maybe they never put them away.

The Ivorian won't be the first legend to return to a club where he was already an icon, and on more than one occasion, it has ended up with such players adding to their lofty status, even if it comes in the twilight of their careers.

We've put together a short list of five players that went back to their old stomping grounds, some with varying degrees of success, and some early enough in their career to add many more chapters to their history with the club.

We start with three golden oldies that returned to help out the clubs that obviously remained close to their hearts, before picking two of the absolute best re-signed players in the English top flight:

Robbie Fowler - LiverpoolFowler, or "God" as he is referred to around Anfield, had already been one of the Liverpool poster boys for nine years by the time he returned to the club in 2005, six years after he left. His initial spell saw him emerge from the academy to net 171 goals in 330 games. A difficult relationship with Gerard Houllier led to him sold to Leeds United, but Fowler never really rediscovered the form he had at Anfield. It meant the player jumped at the chance of returning to his home city for two years, where he scored 12 goals in 39 games, the last Premier League goals of his career.

Jurgen Klinsmann - Tottenham: Of all the players listed here, Klinsmann is the one with the shortest ties to  his club. Originally signing in 1994 as a World Class international, the German shone at White Hart Lane, netting 29 goals in 50 games and winning the Football Writer's Player of the Year. That Klinsmann managed to turn around the country's negative opinion of him in just one year was impressive, though the player's decision to head to German giants Bayern Munich broke Tottenham hearts. Two years later and with the club struck in a relegation battle at the foot of the league, Klinsmann returned on loan for his few final club games, scoring 9 in 15 matches, including 4 in one game against Wimbledon, to fire the North Londoners to safety and cement his legendary status.

Thierry Henry - Arsenal: Though Henry's return was a short-lived one, coming back for two months in 2012 in the MLS off-season. But it was a real celebratory moment for the besotted Arsenal fans, who must have thought they'd never see their favourite son in the famous red and white ever again, and was a clear indication of just how much a returning legend means to supporters. Henry scored twice in 7 games, including the only goal in an FA Cup tie with Leeds and a stoppage time winner against Sunderland. 

Ian Rush - Liverpool: Perhaps the greatest player to return to his old club, Rush left Liverpool for Serie A already the First Division's top striker, having netting a ridiculous 207 goals in his six seasons as a regular at Anfield. He was unable to replicate that form for Juventus, and after one year came back to a Liverpool side still the top dogs in the country. Rush enjoyed another eight years with the Reds, and though he didn't quite reach the peerless strike rate he produced earlier in his career, he remained a vital part of a side that would go on and win further trophies right up until the mid-90s. His total of 346 goals in his Liverpool career is the club's highest ever.

Mark Hughes - Manchester United: Another player that embarked on a difficult spell in Europe only to return to familiar surroundings, Hughes was a United youth product who displayed such promise early on his career, with 47 goals in his first three seasons, that future England boss Terry Venables took the Welshman to Barcelona in 1986. Hughes struggled in Spain, and took in a loan spell at Bayern Munich the year after before returning to an Old Trafford now under Alex Ferguson's command. The striker went on to play for another seven years, scoring 116 goals in 352 games in the process, and playing his part in United's ascension to Premier League heavyweights.

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