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Top 10 Youngstars Who Never Made It

10 – Stefan MooreWas captain of the Aston Villa youth side which beat Wayne Rooney’s Everton in the 2003 FA Youth Cup final.

Made inroads into the Villains first team under Graham Taylor until injury curtailed his season. After 3 loan moves to Chesterfield, Leicester City and Millwall was sold to QPR and made 27 appearances for the Hoops. After this his career hit decline and dropped quicker than a brick off the top of a skyscraper. Port Vale, Walsall, Kidderminster and Halesowen followed until, Moore surfaced at St Neots Town of the United Counties League.

9 – David Bellion Was the subject of a ‘tapping up’ scandal at the time of his move from Sunderland to United. After seeing his performances for the Red Devils there was surely NO WAY anyone would have tapped him up.

Appeared 24 times for United’s senior side albeit mostly League Cup games even a move to West Ham on loan couldn’t improve his form, eventually Sir Alex grew tired of his under performing and sent him back home to Nice. Which after a move to Bordeaux stagnated is where he has found himself loaned back out to.

8 – Neil Mellor Highly thought of at Liverpool after top scoring in the youth sides run to the 2001 FA Youth Cup semi finals. When his chance finally came he appeared to grab it with both hands with a stunning winner for Pool against Arsenal, his stunning 30 yard volley in injury time endeared him to the Anfield faithful.

But as in all our Top Ten things soon turned sour for the young Mellor. In fairness to Mellor an injury to both knees played a massive part in halting his progress. He was sold to Preston North End in 2006 and is currently on loan at League 1 Sheffield Wednesday.

7 – Francis Jeffers The fox in the box as he was affectionately known by Everton fans when after he burst onto the scene as a 16 year old in 1997. After a decent record of 20 goals in 60 games for the Toffees came his big move, an £8 million transfer to high flying Arsenal.

This should have proved the take off point of Jeffers career; unfortunately it proved to be the beginning of the end. Never really fought off Henry or Wiltord for a starting berth in the Gunners starting 11, then embarking on a journey round the country stopping off at Charlton, Blackburn, Everton (again), Ipswich and a trip north of the border to Rangers.

Thought he had found his level at Sheffield Wednesday but even that was above the 1 cap forward. Currently starring for Newcastle United . . . . . Jets in Australia.

6 – Danny Cadamarteri Another Evertonian wonderkid that burst onto the Premier stage back in 1996. Made almost 100 appearances for the Toffees before an assault charge put an end to his Everton career.

Made his way to Bradford, despite scoring on his debut never really settled at Valley Parade. Then, just as Francis Jeffers did, began a nomadic lifestyle in footballing terms. Signed for Leeds United, then Sheffield United a trip back to Bradford, Grays Athletic, Leicester City, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town and now plying his trade in Scotland with Dundee United.

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