There is always that one player who supporters forget ever pulled on their jersey.
They may well become synonymous with another team or just had a wholly forgettable loan, or permanent, spell.
Arsenal invincible Robert Pires ended up in the Midlands, Rio Ferdinand learned his craft on the south coast with Bournemouth and Manchester United great Andy Cole was turning out for another team in red before he ended up at Old Trafford.
It is the kind of trivia that got Sportsmail thinking. Just who gets forgotten at each of the 20 current Premier League sides?
ARSENAL – ANDY COLE
Before he was scoring for fun with Manchester United, the England striker was finding the net for another team in red – Arsenal.
Having come through the youth ranks with the Gunners, Cole signed a professional deal with the club in 1989, only to go on and make just one league appearance for the north London club.
Cole came off the bench against Sheffield United at Highbury in 1990 in what is famously his only outing for the Gunners before loans arrived and he never did enough in the eyes of those at Arsenal to merit being kept on.
Given his incredible success with Newcastle and United, certainly one that got away for Arsenal.
Andy Cole made just one appearance for Arsenal before being sent out for experience on loan
ASTON VILLA – ROBERT PIRES
An invincible. A fine operator. Remembered for his time at Arsenal, his time with France, and, of course, his hilariously bad penalty that he botched with team-mate Thierry Henry.
But few people hear Pires’ name and think of his time at Villa Park.
Gerard Houllier was Villa boss at the time and the French connection clearly worked, doing enough to convince the former Arsenal winger to pack up his things and come to Birmingham at the grand old age of 37.
His impact in the dressing room more than anything else proved invaluable but it was inescapable that his best days were well and truly behind him. He wanted to extend his stay for another season but was subsequently released at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.
Robert Pires is best known for his time with Arsenal but he had a brief spell with Aston Villa
BOURNEMOUTH – RIO FERDINAND
Before becoming one of the Premier League’s most accomplished defenders under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand was operating in far less daunting surroundings.
Bournemouth were leaking goals at the foot of Division Two and needed to take a gamble to stop the rot – enter a teenage Ferdinand.
Just two days after toasting his 18th birthday, the London-born centre back was making his debut for the club and he excelled thereafter.
Rio Ferdinand had what he described as a ‘perfect’ loan spell at Bournemouth while he was a teenager
‘It took everything back to reality and really stripped it back,’ he said, when quizzed about his memory on the loan spell. ‘I would wash my own kit on a Monday and we would train in the local park. Things like that really kept you grounded.’
The side went from a defensive liability to registering three wins and five draws during Ferdinand’s 10 league games before he departed. Two defeats in 10 was a job well done.
BRIGHTON – MARTIN KEOWN
Sportsmail’s very own columnist was another who carved out his legacy for his imperious performances under Arsene Wenger in the Invincibles side.
But, prior to that, Keown got his first taste of senior football on the south coast with Brighton.
Chris Cattlin was Brighton boss at the time, he took a shining to the 18-year-old Keown, and he was off on the path to become the defensive icon he later became in north London.
‘Going to Brighton and Hove Albion was probably one of the best decisions I ever made,’ Keown told the club website at the end of last year. ‘I loved it there. It was a great place to live and a great place to play football, which I’m sure is what the current players are experiencing.’
BURNLEY – PAUL GASCOIGNE
Ask most football fans for one team that Paul Gascoigne played for and it would be a safe bet to assume no-one plucks Burnley from their brain.
Tottenham, Newcastle, Lazio and Rangers spring to mind, even a brief spell at Everton may get a mention or two.
But the England midfielder’s time in Lancashire continues to fly low under the radar all these years on.
It was all very fleeting for Gazza at Turf Moor. Six first division appearances for him and as the club missed out on the play-offs that season, he was gone.
Two months was all Burnley fans could get out of him before he left. This is the type of quiz question that could trip even the most know-it-all fan up.
Paul Gascoigne (right) spent two months at Burnley but left when they failed to make play-offs
CHELSEA – RICARDO QUARESMA
Having been crowned the worst footballer in Italy at the end of the 2008-09 system after a seriously below par campaign for Inter Milan, it was hardly a period the player should look back on with any fondness.
Midway through the season, it was to be a loan away, affording Inter the chance of bringing him back if he tapped into his talents again.
So, who would have him? He was already on course. to win the award nobody in all of Italy wants. Well, it turned out to be Chelsea.
He looked delighted in a black shirt and white v-neck jumper at his unveiling following the winter transfer window in but just five appearances later and his rather random foray into west London was over almost as soon as it begun. Bizarre.
Ricardo Quaresma was one of Chelsea’s more surprise signings across the last decade
CRYSTAL PALACE – ASHLEY COLE
It is undeniable that Ashley Cole went on to become of of the most accomplished full-backs in world football for his generation.
But we all have to start somewhere and before becoming a superstar under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Cole was getting miles in his legs in the colours of Crystal Palace.
He had 14 games at Selhurst Park and managed to ensure those in the terraces would remember him more than the floating fan after he scored a stunning volleyed strike against Blackburn Rovers.
When Sylvinho picked up an injury at the start of the 2000-01 season leaving Arsene Wenger short at left back, Cole stepped up and he never looked back at Arsenal.
It all started in south, rather than north or west London, though.
Before becoming one of the world’s finest full-backs, Ashley Cole developed at Crystal Palace
EVERTON – MARCO MATERAZZI
When Walter Smith was in the dugout at Everton and he eyed some defensive reinforcements, younger fans would scarcely believe that the club were able to lure in Marco Materazzi.
Wearing the No 15 shirt, Materazzi was not the player then that he went on to become – an international that won the World Cup.
In his single season in England, frankly, it was not all that memorable on the pitch for the defender.
He often found himself struggling and he eventually rejoined his former club Perugia 12 months after moving to Goodison Park.
Three red cards across the season was, with the benefit of hindsight, a sign of things to come, it seems…
Italian powerhouse Marco Materazzi is an Everton player that often gets forgotten by fans
LEICESTER – ROBERTO MANCINI
From one Italian in Materazzi to another in Roberto Mancini.
For a certain generation he will be the man that brought Manchester City their first Premier League title when he managed them to the trophy over Sir Alex Ferguson’s United on the last day of the 2011-12 season.
To a slightly older generation, they will recall Mancini the player, as well as Mancini the manager.
In a similar vein to Pires, this was a stint that came long after Mancini’s prime as he made his club debut at the age of 36.
Five games later he was done. An initial leave of absence, having cited personal reasons, was to be the end of his playing career as it emerged he had chosen to become Fiorentina’s new manager.
Fleeting but fun, this one.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini used to pull on a Leicester City jersey
LIVERPOOL – VICTOR MOSES
If Victor Moses is doing one thing, it is that he is racking up quite a career CV.
His latest club is Inter Milan, another stint where he will soon be the name that is on the tip of supporters’ tongues before they give up and ask for the answer.
Chelsea or Wigan are the sides that will spring to mind when his name is thrown about but there was also a brief spell under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
It was a loan move from the Blues that saw him end up on Merseyside as he helped the Reds see out the 2013-14 season.
The Nigerian was only ever a short-term solution and it was testament to him that he excelled at Chelsea in the years that followed. But his 22 games in a Liverpool shirt will continue to be one for the football anoraks to remember.
Victor Moses had a loan spell with Liverpool as the Nigerian looked to impress those at Chelsea
MANCHESTER CITY – TAL BEN HAIM
Having wrapped up his career with eight clubs in English football, Tal Ben Haim could have won multiple spots if the rules allowed as such.
But in the end the decision was made to slot him in with Manchester City, where he made just nine appearances.
Mark Hughes was keen to put his stamp on the side and Ben Haim was his second signing, coming in for around £5million, a marked notch below the kind of big-money moves that are now commonplace at the Etihad Stadium.
But only eagle-eyed fans monitoring the substitutes’ bench would have seen much of the Israeli defender as he flopped in a light blue shirt.
He was farmed out on loan to Sunderland before City cut their losses. One to forget for all involved.
Tal Ben Haim’s brief spell at Manchester City can often be forgotten from his career CV
MANCHESTER UNITED – LAURENT BLANC
There are not many stages bigger to showcase your talents than under the lights at Old Trafford, or for those of a United persuasion, the Theatre of Dreams.
But the player turnover is high, some cut it and others just can’t hack it.
And so there is a sense of inevitability that some players who may have been solid, get forgotten. The likes of Manucho, Bebe, Kleberson and Eric Djemba-Djemba get remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Ferguson wanted Blanc for years before he arrived and when he did come, he was 35 years old.
It was no easy job either, coming in to fill the void left by Jaap Stam. A poor start to United life did not help but he did manage to depart both United and life as a player with the 2002-03 league title winners’ medal around his neck.
Manchester United have had a high turnover of players and Laurent Blanc was in amongst it
NEWCASTLE – PATRICK KLUIVERT
It’s a shame that Patrick Kluivert didn’t make the Barcelona to Newcastle journey a well-trodden path for those that followed.
Imagine one of the Catalan giants’ finest swapping the Nou Camp for the North East these days?
It was a free transfer and the passion of the supporters was what Kluivert cited from when he played against the club with Barcelona as a driving force to make the move.
He scored some vital goals and yet 12 months after he arrived he was released and on the way to his next club, Valencia.
For Newcastle fans, this move is remembered purely because, on paper, it made little sense, but younger fans may struggle to believe the Dutchman swapped Las Ramblas in Barcelona for Eldon Square in Newcastle.
Patrick Kluivert swapped Barcelona for a spell in the north east where he starred for Newcastle
NORWICH – PETER CROUCH
Another of Sportsmail’s columnists here and this time it was a young Peter Crouch’s early exploits down at Carrow Road with Norwich.
The towering centre forward was recruited by Nigel Worthington in September 2003 on a three-month loan deal from Aston Villa.
And the reason for his inclusion here was less to do with how he fared on the pitch, but more due to the success he went on to have at some of the biggest clubs in the country.
He went on to impress at Portsmouth, Stoke, Tottenham and Liverpool.
But during his time at Norwich, Crouch netted four goals in 15 appearances to help do his bit in guiding the club to the then First Division title.
Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch has played for a host of clubs but few remember Norwich
SHEFFIELD UNITED – CONOR COADY
The Wolves captain has been a model of consistency since captaining this group into the Premier League and so good have his performances been, there have been some calling for England recognition.
But this is nothing new to Conor Coady.
He has been perfecting his reading of the game right through the football pyramid and a spell at Bramall Lane in 2013 played a key role in getting him to where he is now – but few will remember it.
The Liverpool-born defender could not break into the Reds’ first team ranks and so spent six months in Yorkshire with the Blades while they were in League One.
Coady, and his former club, have both come a long way since those days slogging it out in the third tier.
Current Wolves captain Conor Coady (left) used to get stuck in while at Sheffield United
Brighton boss Graham Potter worked his magic for nearby Southampton as a player
SOUTHAMPTON – GRAHAM POTTER
Before he raised his profile as a Premier League manager with Brighton, Graham Potter was working his magic as a player at one of the club’s south-coast rivals.
The Solihull-born left back had a brief, but entertaining, spell with the Saints and his form down the left side saw him recognised with an England U21 call-up.
One highlight from that short spell in the 1996-97 season was Potter’s involvement in a 6-3 win against Manchester United.
TOTTENHAM – KEVIN PRINCE-BOATENG
Keeping track of the clubs Kevin Prince-Boateng has played for is fast becoming one of the tasks nobody wants to have.
The 33-year-old is currently on his 12th club as a professional and those include highlights such as AC Milan and Barcelona.
On these shores, his time with Portsmouth springs to mind but even before his time at Fratton Park, Boateng pulled on the white strip of Tottenham.
He joined the club on a four-year contract and there was great expectation that he could replicate his form from the Bundesliga – only, 14 appearances in two years quickly put a dampener on the whole experience.
Eventually the club cut their losses and farmed him out on loan to Borussia Dortmund and the rest was history.
Tottenham have had some signings to forget in recent seasons – honourable mention to Clinton N’Jie – but Boateng won’t be fondly remembered, if remembered at all, in north London.
WATFORD – HECTOR BELLERIN
The Spain international was in desperate need of some regular experience in English football and with Arsenal unable to provide the teenager with it from the off, he had to seek it elsewhere.
And so a loan to Watford, then under Giuseppe Sannino, emerged.
He joined Watford in November 2013 and eventually ended up extending for the remainder of that campaign.
Bellerin finished his time at Vicarage Road with just nine appearances under Sannino and he then returned to Arsenal, where he has not looked back since.
Hector Bellerin had to develop quickly to survive in English football while playing for Watford
WEST HAM – ALVARO ARBELOA
Two-time Champions League winner. Two-time European Championships winner. World Cup winner.
Alvaro Arbeloa’s trophy cabinet is filled with the biggest prizes in both domestic and international football.
His career spanned spells at both Real Madrid and Liverpool, working with some of the finest players on the planet.
And yet he brought the curtain down on his playing days with a bizarre spell at West Ham in 2016-17.
He made just four appearances in total before his release – one of which was against Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup. His time in east London was not his finest moment.
His time with Liverpool and Real Madrid means Alvaro Arbeloa’s West Ham spell is overlooked
WOLVES – JERMAINE PENNANT
Fifteen clubs and it is difficult to assess which was the strangest move that Jermaine Pennant made.
It could be his spell in Singapore with Tampines Rovers, or his time in the Indian Super League with Pune City. But from an English football standpoint, his time at Molineux with Wolves springs to mind.
Often jeered for his sub-par performances in Wolverhampton, Pennant’s emergency three-month loan spell was not one to remember with much fondness.
He went on to make just 10 starts and was soon farmed back to Stoke, where he had to wrangle back a place in the team.
It may not be the most eye-catching move off his frankly unbelievable list of career moves, but this was one of the ones Pennant will want to forget most.
Jermaine Pennant (left) had a spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers during his varied career