8 stars who haunted their former clubs as Josh King hits hat-trick vs Everton

Josh King scored a memorable hat-trick against Everton for Watford on Saturday having accused former boss Carlo Ancelotti of lying to him about his chances of playing time at Goodison Park.

The Norway forward didn't make a single Premier League start for the Toffees across 19 fixtures in the competition, coming off the bench 11 times and failing to score even once.

Although King had plenty of motivation to score against his former side, others have done so despite still being loved by those who used to chant their name.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at eight stars who punished their former employers with goals in the best league in the world, with several later apologising for doing so.

Josh King vs Everton

Josh King smashed home three goals at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon as Watford won for the first time under new boss Claudio Ranieri despite trailing with 12 minutes to go.

The Hornets went level through King after 13 minutes following an opener from Tom Davies, with Richarlison restoring that lead just after the hour mark.

Juraj Kucka then kickstarted the comeback with 12 minutes to go, with King scoring another two before Emmanuel Bonaventure making it 5-2 in additional time.

King said after the game: "For a striker it is confidence. I had a horrible season last season. Any striker when you start scoring gets confidence."

Robin van Persie vs Arsenal

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Robin van Persie scored three times across his first three appearances against Arsenal after joining Manchester United for £22.5million in the summer of 2012.

The first strike against the Gunners came on the tenth game of the season, and turned out to be crucial with the Old Trafford faithful enjoying a 2-1 victory.

Following a miscued clearance from Thomas Vermaelen, the Dutchman fired home on his weaker right foot before raising his hands in apology to the away fans.

Frank Lampard vs Chelsea

Chelsea fans were left heartbroken after watching Frank Lampard score against them for Manchester City during the opening stages of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

The game finished as a draw, with Lampard refusing to celebrate and later admitting to having mixed emotions over his strike.

"I had 13 amazing years with Chelsea" he said following the game.

"I'd be unprofessional if I didn't come on and do my job.. I'm a bit lost for words, I didn't expect to come on and score."

Emmanuel Adebayor vs Arsenal

Emmanuel Adebayor's celebration against Arsenal is one of the most infamous in Premier League history following his header against the Gunners back in 2014.

The former Togo forward played for Arsenal between 2006 and 2009, staying at the Etihad until 2012 before spending three years at Tottenham.

Having made the score 4-2, he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the fuming away fans, and later received a two match ban for his actions.

Carlos Tevez vs Man Utd

Carlos Tevez showed little worry over leaving Manchester United for Manchester City back in 2009, and went on to win his third Premier League title while on the other side of the City.

Although Tevez didn't score in his seven Premier League appearances against United for City, he did manage three across two League Cup clashes in 2009/10.

The former Argentina striker cupped his ears in front of Sir Alex Ferguson and later told Sky Sports: "Football is a form of theatre and it was just a form of banter. There was nothing malicious intended."

Wayne Rooney vs Everton

Wayne Rooney kissed the Manchester United badge in full view of Everton supporters at Goodison Park back in 2008, despite his childhood links to the club.

He said of the celebration last year: “Yeah it was just a pure reaction to the Everton fans.

“I was gutted after the game when I done it, but it was sure a big moment.

“Chelsea had played Bolton away and drew 2-2, so this had almost won us the league.”

Romelu Lukaku vs Everton

Romelu Lukaku also riled up Everton supporters following his move to Manchester United, and he did so by cupping his ears to the away fans at Old Trafford in 2017.

“It’s another goal, really, but I’m happy with the win and staying near the top of the league.” Lukaku is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

“It’s just a bit of banter, with the free-kick I missed, they booed me. It’s just football."

Cesc Fabregas vs Arsenal

Another painful memory for Arsenal fans, Fabregas scored his first goal for Chelsea against the Gunner during the 2016/17 Premier League season at Stamford Bridge.

Following a blunder from former Chelsea man Petr Cech, Fabregas lifted the ball into he empty net and was subdued in his celebrations.

The Spaniard said of his love for Arsenal last year: "Every game I played for Arsenal was very special."

Adding: “I didn't have a chance to say 'bye' but thank you for everything you did for me. I have you all [the fans in my heart]."

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