No, I do t think this kid made it as a professional footballer. To be honest I dont know why he dropped off the radar. I seem to remember that it was a personal choice not to follow that career path. I cant even Google it as the info I remember was so vague.You’re not thinking of the old Jonjo Kenny, perchance? He was well hyped but did nothing.
Good to see him have a really strong season for Bury - he was key to their promotion to League One and I would expect him to either get gametime at Rangers or get a move to the football league.I had high hopes for Jordan Rossiter,seems to be injured a fair bit since leaving for Rangers now though.
Craig Lindfield?We always seem to have a youth team player who scores bags of goals for the youth sides but completely fails to make the grade.
I’m thinking Mellor, there was another lad just after him called... maybe Craig Davies I want to say (might be something completely different)
We have 2 this year and I’ve seen that Bobby Duncan is being linked with a move to Portugal? Crazy really
Yup, signed as an 18yo for a fee which was the highest in British transfer history for a teenager. Had high hopes for him, but he was signed during the time when Roy Evans was wedded to his 3 centrebacks and 2 wingbacks system, and as a more of a traditiaonl winger type, Kennedy never really got a look in.Mark Kennedy's another who didn't do the business. Got him from Millwall didn't we?
Not a "youth" player as I don't think he spent much time at the academy, but seeing as the likes of Pongolle & Le Tallec are being mentioned I'd say Alou Diarra is another one I had really high hopes for at the time. Was quite the coup when we first signed him & he apparently impressed on his early loan stints. Just didn't seem to work out for him in the end
That's mad, I remember him having a half decent career after he'd left us but I didn't know he accumulated anywhere near that amount of capsDiarra did play for France 44 times, even played in the world Cup final they lost to Italy in 06. He was a very decent player. Was never given a chance by us.
Ilori is on my list as is Suso and Samed Yesil.
Remember reading about that in the Merseymart back in the day. El Weekendo Fenomeno. Those were the daysThere was one player that was so over-hyped that I felt ashamed looking back.
Regarded as the next big thing when a 14 year old kid from a Sunday league team scored 6 goals in a friendly against against a national under 18 team many years ago.
Nicknamed the young el fenomeno when plying the trade, and was instantly poached by a local club and was fast tracked for success. Two years and multiple injuries later, having made no first team appearance. The talent retired and looked for greener pastures elsewhere
Yup that's me.
First couple of times I saw Ibe at the senior level, what stood out to me was how developed his game was. Most wide players who step up to senior level do so with one trick, getting the ball to feet and beating their defender down the outside. The talent and/or physical disparity at youth level between a player of this caliber and the defender he typically plays against provides little motivation to get good at anything else because the go to move works so consistently. With Ibe I saw a player who frequently dropped his should and came inside, which while a bit heretical was very John Barnes like. I saw him be willing to slow down before accelerating again to beat his now stationary defender. I saw him run off the back of his defender. These are things that forwards of his age and experience dont do very often and thats why I was convinced he was the real deal. By the time he left the club though he was unrecognizable. Something went wrong for him and I have no idea what.Jordon Ibe for me. I recall thinking he had loads of potential to become a top player. Incredibly, he's only contributed to about a dozen goals in well over 100 games in the top flight.
Canos is a werid one, he has stagnated a bit but still does look miles above his team mates every time I have seen him. Must be an environment type player as he didn't break through at Norwich. I feel he could probably play at a lower PL level, will he ever go that way who knows, 22 is still young, he isn't going be the next Messi but he has time to develop.Sergi Canos looked class when I saw him at Brentford.