The Premier League’s elite are constantly rummaging around the lower divisions searching for that diamond in the rough. Whether it’s a striker that can’t go five minutes without scoring or a tricky winger who goes past players for fun, managers are prepared to spend big to acquire the next generation of stars.
This season we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the success stories of Norwich and Swansea, who barring a major meltdown look set to grace the top flight again next season. In amongst the squads that helped them achieve promotion, both clubs have spent wisely from their former Championship rivals. Swansea’s Danny Graham and the Canaries Steven Morison have both proved they are capable of strutting their stuff at the highest level.
However, these are perhaps two shining examples in an otherwise wasteland of broken promises and unfulfilled talent.
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