One of a golden era of players to come through the Leeds United academy in the late 1990s, Woodgate has had a glamorous but injury-stricken career. After a £9 million move to Newcastle United in 2003, Woodgate overcame injury to earn a once-in-a-lifetime move to Real Madrid for over £13 million. After scoring an own goal and being sent off on his Madrid debut, injuries restricted him to just nine league appearances before being sold back to the north-east to Middlesbrough for £7 million where he once again fought off injury to impress. Tottenham then spent another £7 million on the defender who played less than 50 games in three years at the club due to injury before being released this summer. Stoke City have now snapped up the crocked centre back but unsurprisingly he has failed to make much of an impact so far.
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