Former Liverpool, Sunderland and Napoli defender, Andrea Dossena, has made the shock switch to League One side Leyton Orient. The club announced the capturing of the free agent on their official website and twitter today.
Andrea Dossena, now 33-years-old, began his career with Verona in Italy and played for Treviso and Udinese before joining Liverpool in July 2008 for around £7m. He was handed the number 2 jersey and had big hopes for his Premier League future but was often criticised by Red’s fans for poor performances and was restricted to just 16 appearances in his first season at Anfield. Dossena then played just twice in his second season for Liverpool before being sold to Serie A club Napoli in January for €4.25m, however he will also be remembered for key goals against Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Dossena would make 83 league appearances for Napoli and won the Coppa Italia in a spell that included a short loan to Palermo. Sunderland would bring Dosenna back to the Premier League on a free in September 2013. The left back, who also can play as a left winger, won the Football League Cup with the Black Cats. After his 7 Premier League showings he was once again released and has been looking for a club since.
Dossena has earned 10 Italian caps and will provide a big boost to Leyton Orient with top level experience in both Italy and the UK. Leyton Orient lost in the League One play off final last season by virtue of the penalty shootout but have struggled so far this campaign and seen manager Russell Slade join Championship side Cardiff City. The O’s will hope Dossena can turn things around as they sit in 20th of 24 with just 16 points from 16 games.
(Picture courtesy of Leyton Orient’s official website)
By Gareth Thomas | November 6th, 2014