Since the Premier League began, we have seen many youngsters either come through clubs’ academies or signed for big fees with the promise of great things to come.

Some have lived up to expectations like Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Jermain Defoe and Rio Ferdinand, to name but a few, while others have filtered away into football’s unknown world without a trace.

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