Zoltan Gera and West Brom to gamble on reproducing magic
West Brom admit plans for reunion with Hungarian playmaker
After weeks of tabloid tittle-tattle, West Brom have confirmed that they are in talks with former star Zoltan Gera about a Hawthorns comeback following the conclusion of his four-year affair with Fulham, but remarriages in football don’t always end happily, as these couples recently proved…
Robbie Keane and Tottenham
When Spurs first picked up Keane he was the type that struggled to settle down, jumping from club to club without finding “the one”. It was in north London that his first steady relationship materialised, cohabiting for six glorious years at White Hart Lane. Keane got cold feet in 2008 and jumped into bed with Liverpool, and has since fallen back into his old ways, with even a return to his old home failing to help him find true happiness.
Shaun Wright-Phillips and Manchester City
Their original exciting courtship was abruptly broken off by Wright-Phillips because he thought he could do better, but his new partner Chelsea were abusive to him so Manchester City lovingly took him back for a second chance. The new arrangement had barely been consummated when the Blues hit the jackpot and swiftly realised that their new-found wealth presented them with an opportunity to do better, leaving Wright-Phillips to shop around for a new admirer.
Billy Sharp and Sheffield United
After being jilted without so much as a kiss goodbye by teenage crush Sheffield United, Sharp showed his former squeeze what they were missing with two spectacular seasons at Scunthorpe. That prompted the Blades and Billy to give it another go but eight goals in 51 league appearances later, both agreed that they needed another lengthier separation period. Sharp has had more to smile about since at nearby Doncaster.
Ronnie Moore and Rotherham
Not every couple can break up and make up as often as Steve Coppell and Crystal Palace without losing that sparkle, as Moore and Rotherham demonstrated. Their second spell between 1997 and 2005 was only bettered by Posh and Becks as the most mutually-beneficial partnership in football at the time as they climbed two divisions together. Their latest hook-up starting promisingly at the top of League Two yet finished with Moore being cruelly kicked to the curb.
2010-11 appeared to be a worse time than usual for miserable reunions as Roque Santa Cruz failed to recapture what attracted Blackburn to him in the first place, West Brom were perhaps given a warning to never go back with Marc-Antoine Fortune, Kieron Dyer’s Ipswich comeback was fleeting and Jens Lehmann was left with little to show for his second fling with Arsenal.