Football's best journeymen XI

Freddy Adu looks dejected

Former Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal, Everton, Sheffield United, and Liverpool men feature in this XI of football’s most well-travelled players.

The summer transfer window is fast approach which means many footballers will be on the lookout for new clubs. With this in mind, it only feels fitting to remember those players who seemed to make a move during every window.

Here is our journeymen XI: 

Goalkeeper John Burridge is the ultimate journeyman, having played for 29 different teams in his 28-year senior career. In this time, he clocked up over 100 appearances for Blackpool and Sheffield United – winning the 1971 Anglo-Italian Cup with the Seasiders.

Defenders Hermann Hreidarsson, Greg Halford and Tal Ben Haim line-up in a well-travelled back three.

Hreidarsson endured five relegations during his time in England, which saw him play for the likes of Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and Coventry City. He returned to his native Iceland in 2013 before transitioning into a management role with Fylkir. Unfortunately, he was sacked after suffering yet another relegation.

Halford signed for Championship side Cardiff City in January – his 12th team in 15 years. The versatile 32-year-old has also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth and Sunderland.

During his time at Portsmouth, Halford played alongside fellow journeyman Tal Ben Haim. The Israeli international, who signed for Bolton Wanderers from Macca Tel Aviv in 2004, went on to feature for eight English sides.

Wingers Freddy Adu and Jermaine Pennant have not been afraid to switch clubs.

Adu burst onto the scene as a highly-rated teenager - and even had a trial with Manchester United in 2006. Now 27 years old, he has spent time in Portuguese, French, Greek, Turkish, Brazilian, Serbian and Finnish football. Adu now plays for United Soccer League team the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who are captained by former West Ham and Chelsea man Joe Cole.

Pennant started out as a Notts County youth prospect before earning a move to Arsenal in 1999. The pacey midfielder went on to forge a career in the Premier League with the likes of Birmingham City, Stoke City and Liverpool. In last few years, Pennant played in Singapore and India until a slightly less glamorous move to League One strugglers Bury in January – his 14th club.

Skilful Brazilians Rivaldo and Juninho Paulista made plenty of moves during their illustrations careers.

World Cup winner Rivaldo enjoyed success with European giants Barcelona and AC Milan but never moved to England, despite links with Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers. His 15th –and final – team was third tier Brazilian side Mogi Mirim.

Juninho will be well remembered for his two spells with Middlesbrough. The diminutive playmaker also had stints with Celtic, Atletico Madrid and Sydney FC.

The frontline of Trevor Benjamin, Steve Claridge and Marcus Bent almost have more clubs than goals between them.

Benjamin’s form for Cambridge United earned him a move to Leicester City in 2000. However, the forward struggled to break into the Foxes’ starting eleven and was sent out on loan to seven different clubs. After leaving Peterborough United in 2007, the forward drifted around non-league sides bringing his club tally up to 27.

Bent hung up his playing boots following a move to Indonesian outfit Mitra Kukar. His time in English football included spells with Everton, Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic, Port Vale, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic.

Claridge’s 29-year run as a player will best be remembered for his time with Leicester City, Birmingham City and Portsmouth. The current Salisbury manager, who pulled on a shirt for 20 different teams, also made over 150 appearances for Weymouth in two stints with the club.

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