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Post by Art Morte Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:18 pm

Which footballers are wasting their careers riding the bench and you feel would have a chance to shine and develop at a club where they'd be regulars?

From the Premier League comes to mind:

Jack Rodwell, Man City
Ryan Bertrand, Chelsea
Apostolos Vellios, Everton
Micah Richards, Man City
Anders Lindegaard, Man United
Gael Bigirimana, Newcastle
Erik Lamela, Tottenham
Victor Moses, Chelsea
Scott Sinclair, Man City (can't even get a game at West Brom lol)

Anyway, a few of those players could be having better careers elsewhere, I reckon. All of them been hyped at some point and you get a feeling their talent and potential is going to waste, that they would be on their way to have better careers someplace else.

Also, would you say the following players are wasting their careers at the moment?
Podolski
Kagawa
Jovetic
David Luiz


A few cases as a comparison:
Adam Johnson rode the bench at City, is having a terrific time at Sunderland now and there's talk he should be on the plane to Brazil.

Daniel Sturridge couldn't get opportunities at Chelsea and just look at him now at Liverpool.

Lallana has stayed his whole career at Southampton despite always being talented and could probably have gotten a move to a bigger club already. However, having a brilliant season and has made his England debut, I don't think he'd have achieved that had he moved too early.


Any players you'd be excited to see playing regularly who are instead wasting their careers?



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Post by Blue Barrett Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:20 pm

Bertrand is at Villa and Moses is at Liverpool Neutral
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Post by Onyx Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:23 pm

Kagawa and Isco.

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Post by Kaladin Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:27 pm

Caceres
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Post by zigra Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:28 pm

Vermaelen.
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Post by McAgger Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:33 pm

Jovetic at City. WTF is he doing to himself Sad
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Post by McAgger Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:33 pm

Afellay at Barca
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Post by Lex Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:35 pm

Song at Barca

Went from being a 1st teamer here, to Puyol's lapdog
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Post by Art Morte Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:35 pm

Blue Barrett wrote:Bertrand is at Villa and Moses is at Liverpool Neutral

Moses is a bit-part player at Liverpool, too, and Bertrand just on a random 5-month loan. I wouldn't say either are on the fast-track to glory.

zigra wrote:Vermaelen.

I dunno, he's the first (and only) CB to step in when cover for injuries is needed or rotation, it's not too bad a situation for a defender. It's more difficult for forwards, imo, that's why I added Podolski who is otherwise in a pretty similar situation to Vermaelen.
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Post by Lex Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:38 pm

Kakuta?

Is on his FIFTH loan move away from Chelsea Laughing
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Post by zigra Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:43 pm

He's 28 and this season he played less than 350 minutes in league and CL combined. How's that not a bad situation? He's not good enough to start for Arsenal but he certainly shouldn't sit on the bench at that age. Should move soon.
Don't know about Poldi. He was injured so I'd give him a bit more time but I guess his situation isn't all that different.
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Post by Busby Babe Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:43 pm

I'd add Hernandez too. He's better than 4th choice.
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Post by fatman123 Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:07 am

Lex wrote:Kakuta?

Is on his FIFTH loan move away from Chelsea Laughing

There's no potential to waste in this instance
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Post by Le Samourai Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:16 am

Every attacker we had under Mourinhio other than Ronaldo. They might well have played 50 games a year, but they were so poorly utilised they might as well have sat on the bench.
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Post by DuringTheWar Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:17 am

Damn lol I remember how excited Chelsea fans were about kakuta. Not sure how much difference it made but he had a really bad injury didn't he? Something like eduardos injury
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Post by Kick Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:18 am

No, he has a terrible work ethic.
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Post by chemicalboy99 Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:15 am

McAgger wrote:Jovetic at City. WTF is he doing to himself Sad

Am I living in some parallel universe?

He's getting himself fit finally and he's now playing and scoring.
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Post by chemicalboy99 Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:24 am

Art Morte wrote:Which footballers are wasting their careers riding the bench and you feel would have a chance to shine and develop at a club where they'd be regulars?

From the Premier League comes to mind:

Jack Rodwell, Man City (He's never fit)
Micah Richards, Man City (See Rodwell)
Scott Sinclair, Man City (can't even get a game at West Brom lol) (Because he's not very good)

Also, would you say the following players are wasting their careers at the moment?
Jovetic (If you mean wasting because he's been injured then quite possibly)

A few cases as a comparison:
Adam Johnson rode the bench at City, is having a terrific time at Sunderland now and there's talk he should be on the plane to Brazil. (Adam Johnson left 18 months ago....I'm glad he seems to have found some form once more)

Any players you'd be excited to see playing regularly who are instead wasting their careers? Should then sign for Liverpool presumably.



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Post by the xcx Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:32 am

Kakuta aka Le Nouveau Zidane according to some of the Chelsea fans, how is he doing btw?
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Post by VendettaRed07 Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:42 am

The time we all spent paying attention to this train wreck of a transfer window probably collectively added up to a few wasted years
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Post by Kick Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:49 am

the xcx wrote:Kakuta aka Le Nouveau Zidane according to some of the Chelsea fans, how is he doing btw?

That title is a joke, none of us care for or want Kakuta at the club anymore.
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Post by M99 Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:08 am

Chelsea breaking transfer market regulations to bring Kakuta Proud

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Lamela
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Rafael Cabral
Shaqiri
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Post by CBarca Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:31 am

McAgger wrote:Afellay at Barca

What?

He's been injured the entire time he's been here. When he came and wasn't injured, he actually got a decent amount of time.

He won't anymore though.
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Post by Art Morte Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:18 am

M99 wrote:Chelsea breaking transfer market regulations to bring Kakuta Proud

On topic:

Lamela
Kagawa
Rafael Cabral
Shaqiri
Morata
Guidetti

I actually thought about Shaqiri, but he is getting the odd game and is probably the long-term replacement for Ribery or Robben. Like, there is a plan. Most of these players who are wasting their careers probably can't expect to become regulars at their clubs.
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Post by Robespierre Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:27 am

Alexandre Song.
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