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PwoperNaughtyButNot 1:53 Tue Oct 25
Players under 30 that fell off the map
Boogers is a very old example and we all know the story there, but in more recent memory what the hell happens to these players?

I’ll start with Jordan Ibe -

signed by Liverpool as a wonderkid, makes over 40 appearances for Liverpool before a £20m move to Bournemouth in 2016. Released on a free from Bournemouth and now at age 26 he is allegedly in the Turkish 2nd div and not played a game.

Can we make a starting 11 of under 30 players who should have been someone?

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Mace66 7:28 Sun Nov 6
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Paqueta

nychammer 6:47 Sun Nov 6
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Soucek

Ron Eff 1:16 Sun Nov 6
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Good shout on Reo-Coker earlier. Peculiar case, captain at West Ham, but always seemed to view us as a stepping stone thinking Arsenal or similar would come in for him. After that attitude stunk the place out, ended up with massive moves to Villa, Bolton and Vancouver Whitecaps. Wonder if he regrets thinking he was better than us.

He was also an extremely limited footballer. Second touch often a tackle.

woolystone 12:24 Sun Nov 6
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Terry Dixon. Signed from Spurs and hailed as the Irish Rooney, his career really went under. He now works for a tunnelling company.

PwoperNaughtyButNot 11:49 Sun Nov 6
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
I’ll chuck Connor Wickham into the mix after seeing him appear at Forest Green Rovers scoring from the halfway line at the weekend.

He is 29

, 7:51 Fri Oct 28
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Saw Bertie when he played for Hornchurch.

cholo 10:59 Fri Oct 28
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
"The England Learning Disabilities (LD) team is one of eight disability squads supported by the Football Association. To qualify for the team, players must have an intellectual disability with an IQ equal to or below 70-75, as determined by the World Health Organization"


FMOB

Nagel 10:16 Fri Oct 28
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Bertie Brayley also played for the England Learning Disabilities team. Apparently he once went for a haircut at a dog salon among other strange things.

cholo 10:03 Fri Oct 28
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Moving from club to club is a way of making money for lower leagues/ semi pro status players. This thread got me curious about what happened to the fa youth Cup winning team of the late 90s.

Obviously Cole and Carrick went on to have stellar careers. On the other hand Bertie Brayley went on to play for 40 different clubs, most at semi pro levels, takes the label of Journeyman to a different level.

Gary Strodders shank 12:56 Fri Oct 28
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
So many young players come on the scene get a big move and then fall by the wayside.
Injury scuppers a lot of them but equally the big money move may not be the right one in terms of there football development and they struggle to cement a place in the squad are farmed out in loan and soon find there stock has diminished rapidly.
One example of this is a fella now playing at Halifax called Jordan Slew who was signed by Blackburn from Sheffield united on transfer deadline day in 2011 for £1.1m.
He hardly kicked a ball for Blackburn and since then has amassed 14 clubs in the lower echelons of the football league and more recently outside the pyramid.

Players who come into league football late in the day or from non league seem to have more longevity and less injuries ithe likes of Pearce Ian Wright & Les Ferdinand for example played up until late 30s 40s even.
Hunger & desire probably plays a part also.

Matthew Holmes 11:48 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Auto correct you fucker

Morten Gamst Pedersen

Matthew Holmes 11:46 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Was reminded of Mitten Gamer Pederson. Had a bit streak in mid 2000s then I barely remember him doing anything.

Turns out he's still playing st 41!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morten_Gamst_Pedersen

Lato 11:11 Thu Oct 27
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Wayne Harrison of Liverpool, l have just realised the poor bloke died at 46 RIP

Eindhoven Hammer 10:31 Thu Oct 27
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Reece Oxford!

COOL HAND LUKE 9:47 Thu Oct 27
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Reo-Coker

PwoperNaughtyButNot 9:33 Thu Oct 27
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Daniel Sjouland

Liverpool nicked him off is in what was supposed to be major coup at the time

Played zero times for us and zero times for them

Did have a good career though in Sweden and managed 37 international caps for Finland

Leeshere 9:11 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Robbie Fowler once he left Liverpool.

Lato 7:39 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Has Richard Hall been mentioned?

Nagel 7:19 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Matt Jarvis was another one crocked by injury. He was out for 2 and a half years soon after joining Norwich. Even by then I think most clubs had moved on from using wingers who just hug the byline and put in crosses, so I don't think he would have hit any heights or got any more England caps.

Gary Strodders shank 6:23 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Matt Jarvis was also a player that never really hit the heights that were expected.
After he left us he ended up at Woking via Norwich & Walsall.

eusebiovic 5:49 Thu Oct 27
Re: Players under 30 that fell off the map
Remember when we signed Dale Gordon?

A massive let down. Played nine games in about 3 or 4 seasons.

Bonzo made a few questionable signings - whether he had much to do with them is another matter altogether.

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