Arsenal

My Top 5 Who …Failed To Live Up To The Hype

We hear every season of some new ‘superstar’ or ‘the next’ Pele, Maradona, Zindane or now Messi. So many of these players earn multi-million pound transfers and fail to deliver.

Here’s a list composing just FIVE of the HUNDREDS who should have been competing with Messi and Ronaldo for the best in the world, but instead are under-performing, playing in the lower leagues or worst of all not playing at all.

 Theo Walcott

Now I know there will be Arsenal fans out there who say Walcott is young and still developing as a player, and while they might be right, there will be many football fans – including Arsenal – who say Walcott has failed to live up to the hype.

During his time at Southampton Walcott was a ‘wonderkid’ – although honestly I think people overhype many players to quickly these days – and Arsenal wasted no time in paying a pretty hefty transfer fee for hi after add-ons. He then went to the World Cup – but didn’t play, a move which some consider the reason why his progress stalled – and finally made the rise to Premier League giants Arsenal.

Many see Walcott as a player who is good when acting on instinct but has no footballing brain (i.e. Alan Hansen) but some just see him as a player whose only real attribute is lightening pace. Maybe Walcott would have been more successful as a sprinter because he certainly is not an the England saviour we was all promised.

 Francis Jeffers

Some people may be sitting at their computer screens right now and saying one of two things, either asking who? or Oh Yeah, do you remember him?

Well this reaction basically sums up Jeffers so called football career. Another player who was performing well at Everton and hyped up to being the next Thierry Henry when he moved to Arsenal in 2001. The striker only scored 4 times in 24 matches for Arsenal before being loaned back to Everton, where he made 18 appearances with NO goals. He then went on to Charlton, Rangers, Blackburn, Ipswich, Sheff Weds, Newcastle United Jets (A-League), Motherwell and back to Newcastle United Jets, NEVER scoring more than 5 goals for any of these clubs in all levels of football.

These stats speak for themselves, and for a player who was dubbed the next Henry well, he has only scored 37 goals in his career, a fete Henry achieved in ONE season in 2003-04 with 39 goals.

  David Bentley

An English right midifielder, intials of D.B, he MUST be the next David Beckham! Er…No he wasn’t, it’s David Bentley.

Putting one good season with Blackburn Rovers aside, what a complete flop Bentley has been. He even failed to hold down a place at West Ham in the Championship! He seems more concerned about modelling himself on the great man Beckham than actually playing like him.

 Freddy Adu

Dubbed the next Pele when playing for Dc United in the MLS Freddy Adu, despite numerous moves around European clubs, is back in the MLS and no has faded into non-existence.

Another example of clubs believing media hype and taking a punt on players who will never live up to their claimed potential.

 Jeremy Aliadiere

What ever happened to the French sensation (Hahaha) that is Aliadiere? Well after his release from Middlesbrough he spent a whole year begging for a new club – not exactly world superstar behaviour – well eventually he found a taker. Lorient in France took a chance on the failed forward, but with 2 goals in 10 appearances not exactly a stroke of genius.

Another young Arsenal player who turned out to be average at best, but you know what they, for every Vieira and Henry there’s a Jeffers and Aliadiere.

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