The Premier League has some of the best talent in the world. Many of whom, arrive in England with hefty price tags and fancy cars. But, as proven by many lower league players, it is in fact possible to work your way to the top.
Indeed, Premier League scouts often find the very best talent, but perhaps not instantly. The following stars all have one attribute in common: dedication. Their talent lay deep within their performances, but it took hard work at lower levels of the English league to make it to the top.
From cramped changing rooms with cold showers to the bright lights of the Premier League, moving from League One to the world’s most competitive league must have been a welcome culture shock. Playing in the lower leagues may indeed be a lower standard of football, but it almost certainly makes you appreciate the big time once you get there.
Instrumental in Southampton’s return to the Premier League. A vital piece of their jigsaw in League 1 with 23 goals and 15 assists at League One level. Image Source: Twitter.
A centre-forward who knows where the goal is. 31 goals in 54 games for Swindon. Injury slightly prevented a good run in team at Southampton. Image Source: Twitter.
More games in League One, but more goals in the Premier League. He managed to net 22 goals on loan at MK Dons. Destined for the very top. Image source: Twitter.
Lambert became one of League One's best players by finishing as the season's joint-top scorer of 29 goals with Bristol Rovers in 2009. Expert. Image source: Twitter.
Five goals in 18 games at the age of 18. Millwall’s Young Player of the Season for 2011–12. Now England’s first choice centre-forward. Image source: Twitter.
From the looks of where these League One players have ended up, the amount of money being spent in the transfer window this summer could be misplaced.
Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur owner, has said that it isn’t “sustainable” to spend lots of money, and perhaps he’s right. The lower leagues have created many stars and there is no reason why that should end soon.