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Dunno why but was remembering Michael Johnson recently, the midfielder for Man City around the Sven era.

 

Looked excellent and somebody who could have been a regular in the Premier League and England team. Then seemed to disappear off the face of the earth. He had mental health issues and retired at the age of 24. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-michael-johnson-news-21535314.amp

 

Another player who fell off the earth was Michu. Was scoring for fun at Swansea in the Premier League and got called up to the Spain team. Then just vanished and ended up at an Austrian amateur team.

 

Any others you remember?

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Giuliano Maiorana

 

Man Utd signed this kid from non-league Histon in 1988 following a trial. Afterwards Ferguson said it was the best performance he's ever seen from a trialist.

 

He was seen as the next 'big thing' and I remember his first start. A televised game against Arsenal, where he played well.

 

It then went down hill, and after making the grand total of seven appearances he finally left on a free in 1994.

 

He went to the Swedish second tier before coming back to England to play for Newmarket Town alongside working for his family's upholstery business.

 

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Fernando Torres. 

 

Close to the best player on the planet during hosr first 18 months at Liverpool. Didn't get close to it after his injury 

 

Robinho also moved to City and was poor and career never recovered 

 

 

On a scale more like the OP is talking, 

Micah Richards 

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10 hours ago, CalmJimmers said:

Dunno why but was remembering Michael Johnson recently, the midfielder for Man City around the Sven era.

 

Looked excellent and somebody who could have been a regular in the Premier League and England team. Then seemed to disappear off the face of the earth. He had mental health issues and retired at the age of 24. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-michael-johnson-news-21535314.amp

 

Another player who fell off the earth was Michu. Was scoring for fun at Swansea in the Premier League and got called up to the Spain team. Then just vanished and ended up at an Austrian amateur team.

 

Any others you remember?

Elano from those same Sven City years

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Marco Negri at Rangers - an absolute goalscoring machine for 6 months, then terrible.

 

Michael Owen was the best player in the world, but terrible from Newcastle onwards.

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, scram said:

Keeping with Man U - Macheda

 

Was it Napoli or somebody they got him from, and they kicked off after that goal about him basically being taken from them and totally undervalued?

 

A year or two later he was turning out for Doncaster.

 

Think he was valued just fine Lazio.

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3 hours ago, Screen Door Slams said:

Dale Jennings................signed by Bayern Munich from Tranmere............currently plays for Prescott Cables

 

Oh............and Lewis McCugan

 

Remember he was on Soccer AM almost every week for walking through defences for Tranmere. Proper weird what's happened with him.

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40 minutes ago, Ellis Rimmer said:

Kerlon, video of him dribbling the ball on his head like a seal then never heard of him again

 

I was trying to remember the name of him just the other day!

 

Defenders would attack him with murderous rage on the videos.

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