New Delhi: Jermaine Pennant became the latest Premier League player to join the Indian Super League after he signed for FC Pune City.
Pennant has had a successful career in England's top flight football after having played for Arsenal, Liverpool and most recently Stoke City. He now joins other Premier League stars likes Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Nicolas Anelka in the inaugural edition of the league
His latest club Stoke City did not renew Pennant's contract after 11 appearances last season. Since then, the 31-year-old has been without a club,
The English midfielder will replace the injured Omar Andres Rodrigues Martinez for Pune for the remainder of the league. The Colombian had a kidney problem, which meant he would no longer play a part this year.
Undoubtedly, Pennant's best years in the league came at Liverpool under Rafa Benitez where he played over 50 games and was a key component in the 2007 UEFA Champions League campaign of the Reds.
Despite playing for several other clubs like Stoke City, Birmingham City and Portsmouth, Real Zaragoza and England under-21's, Pennant never made the cut for the national team.
There is little doubt his quality and accuracy of crosses delivered from the right wing will hugely benefit the Pune team. Pennant was one of Premier League's leading crossers during his time at Anfield.
The only question mark over Pennant would be his fitness, especially since he has not played professional football since January.