Retro Hammer: Julien Faubert
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 24 November 2015 at 8:53pm
He may appear top of the ‘most absurd signings’ list by Real Madrid fans, but at West Ham, Julien Faubert was something of a fan favourite during his spell at the club.
The Frenchman joined the Hammers in 2007 for around £6.1 million, but injury kept him out of action until early 2008, where he helped the boys in claret and blue to a top half finish.
After an injury-plagued first season in which Faubert only managed nine appearances in all competitions, he was inexplicably loaned out to Real Madrid of all teams, for £1.5 million.
After just two appearances for Los Galacticos, a missed training session when he thought he had a day off and an embarrassing picture snapped of him sleeping on the bench during a game, Faubert returned to East London something of a legend.
This new found support must’ve helped, as he went on to have three rather successful seasons at the club, picking up the ‘Individual performance of the season” award in 2010, and aiding in the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
So what has Faubert done since leaving West Ham you may ask?
Well, shortly after being released by the Hammers in 2012, he was snapped up by Turkish side Elazigspor, and made 16 appearances, before going on to enjoy three good seasons at Bordeaux.
The tattooed right-back has one cap for France, and he scored in that game whilst wearing Zinedine Zidane’s number 10 shirt, the first player to do so since the midfield magician retired. A worthy successor I think you’ll agree.
Not many people know, but Faubert has since represented Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean, where he has netted an impressive five goals in just three games.
It is clear how much the defender still adores West Ham, as his Twitter header photo is of him in claret and blue, and a quick scroll through him timeline reveals messages of support and retweets of Hammers fans calling for his return.
If the opportunity presented itself, would you welcome Julien Faubert back to the club?