In part eight of our series looking at the starlets who never quite made the grade in the Premier League, we profile five more wonderkids who failed to live up to the hype.
There are a variety of reasons why young players struggle to reach their potential. Some simply didn’t have what it takes mentally to make it at the highest level, while others were blighted by injuries or other unfortunate circumstances.
In this list, there are a few players who were unable to make the step up to the top flight, despite clearly having the ability, as well as some who had to leave England to realise their ambitions.
Press the next page as we name five youngsters who did not meet expectations.