Real Madrid flop appears for St Johnstone Under-20s

Rob Conlon
Julien Faubert: Winger joined Real Madrid on loan from West Ham

Julien Faubert: Winger joined Real Madrid from West Ham

Former West Ham and Real Madrid man Julien Faubert has appeared for St Johnstone’s Under-20s after joining the SPL side on trial.

Faubert is without a club after leaving Bordeaux last year and has made what is not the first surprising move of his career.

The winger, who became the first France player to wear the number 10 shirt following the retirement of Zinedine Zidane in his only cap for Les Bleus, made a sensational loan switch to Real Madrid in 2009.

Having failed to shine at West Ham, Faubert only appeared twice for Real Madrid, and was infamously pictured asleep on the bench during a match against Villarreal.

On Monday night the 32-year-old appeared, alongside fellow trialists Daniel Adajo and Plamen Krachunov, in a 2-1 victory for St Johnstone’s development squad over Hearts.

Saints boss Tommy Wright hopes the trio can add some extra quality to his squad at McDiarmid Park.

“We have decided to bring Julien, Daniel and Plamen in on trial for the week so we can get a look at them,” Wright told the Scottish Sun.

“For a variety of reasons we were not able to get players in at the end of the last transfer window, but we have still been looking.

“All three come with very good pedigrees and quality, but what we’ll have to look at is fitness as well as ability.”