Transfers between local rivals are usually rare. It can often lead to a player becoming unpopular with his previous club.
However, that doesn’t mean it never happened. In fact, it happens all the time in London, sometimes with great results. In other cases, it could be a car accident.
Here are ten players who were on two opposite sides of that coin.
5) Moussa Dembele
Dembele was a success at Spurs
After two strong years at Fulham, Moussa Dembele moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £ 15m.
He spent six and a half seasons with the Lilywhites and appeared exactly 250 times. He was an important part of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, which scored three top-three finishes in a row and was often referred to by teammates as the club’s best player.
4) Joe Cole
Joe Cole’s best years were at Chelsea
Joe Cole graduated from a talented West Ham United academy before moving to Chelsea via London in 2003. There he enjoyed the best years of his career.
He spent seven seasons in the blues and made over 200 appearances in all competitions. His achievements helped the club to three Premier League titles and three other national honors.
3) Ashley Cole
Cole won almost everything at Chelsea
In 2006, Ashley Cole made the controversial decision to join Chelsea from Arsenal. And although he became a hate figure in north London, it was a move that worked out very well for him.
The left-back may have won more league titles with the Gunners but got his hands on the Champions League trophy in the blues.
Cole made 338 appearances for Chelsea before joining Roma in 2014.
2) Sol Campbell
Campbell moved controversially from Spurs to Arsenal
Speaking of hate characters, this is Sol Campbell.
Shortly after saying he would never play for Arsenal, Campbell left Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer to … Arsenal.
It was a move that earned him the nickname “Judas” among Spurs fans, but which ultimately turned out to be worthwhile.
The England international spent five seasons at Highbury, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups and reaching a Champions League final in which he scored one goal.
1) Frank Lampard
Lampard became a legend at Chelsea
There’s really no debate about who first place goes to.
Frank Lampard broke through at West Ham United for the first time and became a regular first-team player. This resulted in a £ 11m move to Chelsea in 2001. Even he could not have imagined what his time on Stamford Bridge would be like.
The central midfielder became the club’s top scorer with a total of 211 goals. These goals helped the club to three championship titles, four FA Cups, a Champions League, two League Cups and a Europa League. In short, he won everything at Chelsea.
5) William Gallas
Gallas played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs in the Premier League
To his credit, William Gallas was indeed a good player in his heyday and was twice PFA Team of the Year.
However, the only reason he makes it to the bottom five places is because he played for three London clubs and managed to annoy everyone. Quite impressive, really.
4) Lassana Diarra
Diarra never got the playing time he was looking for at Arsenal
Diarra was once considered a promising youngster at Chelsea. However, due to a lack of playing time, he followed football elsewhere and was sold to Arsenal with one year of contract remaining.
His stint under Arsene Wenger only lasted half a season. He only made 13 appearances for the Gunners before he was sold to Portsmouth, again looking for regular minutes.
3) Calum Davenport
Davenport’s West Ham career ended in bizarre circumstances
Calum Davenport moved from Tottenham to West Ham in 2007 for an undisclosed fee of presumably £ 3m. He was released three years later after a bizarre turn of events.
While on loan at Watford, he broke a bone in the neck that kept him away for a long time. He returned a few months later, but was soon back on the treatment table after being stabbed by his brother-in-law.
He survived, but never appeared again for the Hammers.
2) David Luiz
Luiz’s time at Arsenal has not gone well
David Luiz has had a reputation over the years for being a minor calamity at the heart of the defense.
Still, few can keep up with his pedigree. Four championship titles, a Champions League, ten other major trophies. When he joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2019, it looked like it could have been a smart signature.
Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. His time in the Emirates was riddled with several flaws, without enough top-class performance to make up for the situation.
He picked up three red cards in two seasons with the Gunners before deciding to leave in 2021.
1) Jose Bosingwa
A man that QPR fans want to forget
Jose Bosingwa has had a very solid career, winning the Champions League with two different clubs. He would probably prefer to be remembered for his spells in Porto and Chelsea rather than his time with the Queens Park Rangers.
It’s safe to say that Rs fans never really warmed up to the full-back. The arrival of Chelsea, a bitter rival, already put him in a bad spot.
However, when he refused to sit on the bench and laugh when the club was relegated, he was hated to the point of redemption among West Londoners.
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