South coast club Bournemouth previously had Defoe at the club.
South coast club Bournemouth previously had Defoe at the club.

Surprising loan spells of footballers early in their careers quiz

Surprising footballer loan spells quiz

Jermain Defoe has been in the news recently for a number of reasons, which got FootyOn writers thinking.

The 34-year-old is currently banging in the goals for club Sunderland, while also netted last time out during his England return against Lithuania.

Premier League side the Black Cats are by no means the first team he’s scored freely for, but can you remember a loan spell while on the books of West Ham United way back in 2000/01?

Well, why not test your knowledge on Defoe and other past and present stars earlier in their careers by trying out our surprising footballer loan spells quiz!

It is powered by Sporcle and is specially conjured up by our very own FootyOn team.

So, are you ready? There are 20 clubs to find in total, and to help you out we’ve provided the year(s) of the loan spell, as well as the players’ names of course.

Take a breath, limber up your quizzing fingers and switch on your footballing brain to name all 20 stars:


We have gone through the years in search of surprising footballer loan spells.

Past and present stars from the likes of England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Italy and Brazil all feature.

So, how many of them do you think you remember?

You’ll be against the clock, though, with just four minutes to complete the list.

Don’t dwell too long on ones you are unsure of. And, most importantly, don’t be tempted to search up the answers and cheat!

You may not even have the time…

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