As a footballer, it must be difficult to find and play at your appropriate level. For many, they’re just too good for one but not quite good enough for the other. How frustrating that must be.
Imagine growing up as an aspiring young footballer and training yourself to the imperious level of the professional footballer. Imagine working away all of your childhood for it.
Now imagine if you managed to make it and were signed up by a top professional club. Imagine being released by them for not quite cutting it.
Your next move would surely be to drop down a league and find your level, right?. Imagine being too good for that league, like a rubbish Zlatan in a poorer Ligue 1. A blue whale in a garden pond, if you like.
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Imagine spending the next 15 years of your life being completely inadequate at one level, but just too good for the other. Your career would be a dizzying mess of yo-yo-ing.
And no one would remember you at the end of it.
Well, fortunately for the sorts of players who did lead this dissatisfying career; someone does remember them. We at CLICKON have dug back through the uninspired annals of time and found you the top 15 players who never quite made it in the Premier League, but excelled in the Championship.
Enjoy. And spare a little room in your hearts for them. They were never quite there, but they tried. Bless ’em.
In order of tragedy:
40 appearrances yet no goals or even assists at Crystal Palace for this lost little soul. Image Source: Twitter
Well past his peak, this fella has finally settled at his level. The bottom end of League One. Image Source: Twitter
Once heralded England's most promising star and captain of everyone's fantasy team, Austin has failed to recover from injury and has very firmly ended his run of form since. Forever stuck as the nearly-man. Image Source: Twitter
Having just been banned from driving, Steven Caulker now has not one talent left. Driving the ball out of play is the next closest thing. Image Source: Twitter
Should he have turned down Inter Milan? Probably not. At least Derby County are now filling the gap. Image Source: Twitter
Oh, Rob. We'll never forgive you, mate. Image Source: Twitter
From the Arsenal academy to Júbilo Iwata. Need we say more? Image Source: Twitter
The poor bloke has wanted a transfer forever. Thankfully, he got it and now plys his trade with Rotherham United. Happy days. Image Source: Twitter
England's number one? Move over. The fella is barely second choice in Norwich. Image Source: Twitter
6ft 7" of Championship steel. 6ft 7" of Premier League crap. Thankfully he seems aware of this and has stayed with Birmingham City since the dawn of time. Image Source: Twitter
Big ol' Cam Jam is not a man you'd mess with. Having said that, he is a man you'd fancy your chances with on the pitch. Underachieving eternally. Image Source: Twitter
Perhaps better known for his punditry, Savage seems to cover a dreadful career with even more dreadful haircuts. Image Source: Twitter
"When the ball hits your head and you sit in row Z, that's..." Image Source: Twitter
Big, fat, Adel Taarabt. Wasted talent in many respects. Image Source: Twitter
The poor bloke just wants a decent barnet and a couple of goals. Sadly, he gets neither and hasn't a clue where they'll come from. Image Source: Twitter
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There they are. The poor buggers.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that these men don’t bother making another attempt at Premier League success. It’s embarrassing for all concerned.