Ah, years of Football Manager and Champ Man will spark the memories. Remember all those amazing prospects that you expected to join Real Madrid or Manchester United at some point? Well, where are they now?
5. Kim Kallstrom
Tipped to be the next best thing during his impressive years in the Swedish league with Djurgården, he eventually secured a move to Rennes. People saw this move as a bit of a stepping stone to the big leagues, but in the end Kallstrom left for another Ligue 1 club, Lyon.
The Swede has settled in with the French champions now and is an integral part of their squad. It’s not exactly a swing and a miss, but he’s hardly the world beater he was predicted to become.
4. Salvatore Foti
A forward tipped to have unbelievable promise who has never done a thing. In 2006, at 18, he was highly rated, but he never managed to break into parent club, Sampdoria’s first team.
He moved to Udinese for 3 seasons but never managed to make an impact, before he eventually returned to Sampdoria after a string of loan outs. He is currently out on loan at Empoli, where he has made 13 appearances, scoring twice.
3. Assane N’Diaye
This one is particularly sad. Perhaps even unfair, though I feel those who played Championship Manager 01/02 need to know this.
CM players from that era will remember N’Diaye for his amazing potential, brilliant defending and high match ratings; especially because he only cost around £500k.
N’Diaye never managed to turn that potential into a big club move and stayed with Shakhtar until 2004. He unfortunately died of a short illness in 2008, aged just 33.
2. Anthony Vanden Borre
Remember that Belgian bloke, Vanden Borre? He played for Portsmouth for a bit.
In 2007, he was highly tipped to become a real world beater. He won himself a move to Fiorentina, with the hope of really impressing in Italy. He played twice.
He eventually moved onto Genoa before he was shipped off to Portsmouth, who had obviously only just got FM 2007. He now plays for Dutch outfit, Racing Genk.
1. Mark Kerr
For £500k in CM 01/02, Mark Kerr went onto become the best in the world. He would make a fool of defences, score outrageous goals and assist virtually anything your team did.
In the next release of the game, he was rubbish.
Kerr did eventually make it to the heady heights of Scottish football Aberdeen, via Dundee United, but he never made that Premier League move forever predicted by the fellows behind Champ Man. Bizarrely, he now actually plays in Greece following a summer move to Asteras Tripolis. I can’t say I know much about what he’s doing over there, but I’m sure the Man Uniteds of this world don’t care either.
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