The beautiful game of soccer gets to witness the emergence of special young players that standout from the crowd as a result of their talents and promises.
Sadly, despite the hype that always surround these youngsters, not many of them actually go all the way to live up to the lofty expectations many have of them.
At the moment, here are 3 of such players yet to advance to the next level tipped for them.
Would they ever become what we thought they would become?
While the Italian striker is beginning to find his footing at Ligue 1 table toppers Nice, it hardly adds up as this isn’t the level the 26-year-old ought to be.
The former Inter Milan, AC Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool striker took the footballing world by storm after arriving San Siro with a lot of promise under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.
He was quickly snapped up by Manchester City, helping the Citizens to their first EPL title in 2011-12 with 13 goals and most importantly, providing Aguero with the assist for the goal that won the league.
That summer, he led the line for Italy at the European Championships weighing in 3 goals as the Azzurris went all the way to the final only to bow to Spain’s supremacy.
While he still performed well for the next 2 seasons after leaving Etihad for Milan, it all started to go wrong upon his return to England, and all that followed was 2 seasons and 2 league goals.
The 2010 Golden Boy Award winner might have scored 6 times in the French league thus far, but that he has wasted time on other commitments means he never reached that peak many predicted he would by this time. Too little, too late for him to?
From lining up alongside Messi, Iniesta and Xavi to sharing the substitutes bench with Peter Crouch, all hasn’t gone according to the script for the 2-time Champions League winner.
His early promises and potentials meant the 26-year-old, once dubbed the Spanish Messi would make his debut for the Camp Nou outfit as a 16-year-old striker.
Bojan then bagged 26 goals in 104 appearances over the course of 4 seasons. But a search of additional playing time would see him go to Roma, Milan and Ajax before getting sold to Stoke City for just €1.8 million in 2014.
He isn’t even able to hold down a starting spot at the side in a point of his career where he should have conquered the world of football. Bojan has failed to develop into that fine striker many thought he would be.
A little over a year ago, France Football adjudged 22-year-old Memphis Depay the Best Young Player for 2015 following his exploits with PSV in the Netherlands Eredivisie.
The winger had bagged 22 goals in 30 league games to help lead the club to a title win, and earned himself a £25million switch to the Old Trafford few months afterwards in the process.
Depay was tipped by all and sundry to go onto bigger things at the Theatre of Dreams, and his request to wear the number 7 Jersey further brought out the “next Ronaldo” tags.
To say that he has struggled ever since would be an understatement. His only noteworthy contribution in a United shirt and best game to date was the Europa League home game against FC Midtjylland.
He scored a goal, assisted one, won 2 penalties for his side and forced the visitors backline to an own goal from a cross, thus having a hand in all of the Red Devils goals in the 5 – 1 win.
Apart from that, his 2 league goals in 29 appearances in what was far more of a disappointing season have seen him become a fringe player, and he has only played 7 games across all competitions.
Not once has he completed a game this term, and wasn’t even deem good enough to finish 90 minutes in the EFL Cup clash against League One’s Northampton.
A temporary move away to Everton is said to be on the books come January, hoping one of Europe’s brightest talents some months ago will finally live up to the hype away from the watching eyes on his every move in Manchester.