We all know those cliche sayings: ‘you’re only as good as the company’, ‘don’t ever think you’re bigger than a club’, often the case, and those egotistical mugs out there who put themselves on a pedestal above their own club stand no hope.
But there’s then the players who were constrained by the limits of their club, unable to fully achieve what they should have; might be an international call-up, might be more silverware. But there’s a few out there past and present who were stopped from truly spreading their wings…
Had he left, he would have got that England cap.
The Ivorian is actually a good player, but got progressively worse as his time at Newcastle has dragged on. Six years too long...
Before you all have a heart attack; hear us out. For a player of Totti's talent to just have five major honours to his name is criminal. Yeah, fair play for hanging around and being Emperor of Rome yardy-yardy-ya, but could have achieved so much more.
Morten Gamst Pedersen
One of the best set-piece takers around on his day; quality in the Premier League during his heyday and should've jumped out of Ewood Park when playing out his skin.
Matt Le Tissier
Similar to Totti, hugely commendable for staying loyal. But, what a player, and was batting way, way below average when playing at the Dell.
Why oh why did the Premier League top scorer hang around the Toon for 10 years??!!
Will end up finishing in the top four here and there, and then get knocked out of the Champions League group stages. Far too good for Tottenham; second best 'keeper in the world.
It's going to be a football tragedy that the Frenchman could be playing football in the Championship. GET OUT NOW.
Convinced Arsenal were the problem with the walking wounded himself. Just look what happened with Danny Welbeck, and Jack Wilshere...
Virgil van Dijk
What a centre-back; Southampton could possibly stop him from becoming the best centre-half in the league.
Could have won the forever missing Premier League at Chelsea... just saying.
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