Top TEN footballers who failed to ‘live up to their billing’

Following Adam Johnson’s miserable start at Sunderland we look at ten players who have fallen well short of expectations.

Johnson arrived on Wearside as the marquee signing, that had fans believing in the possibility of a top eight finish. Along with the failings of other important, creative players in the North East, the England international now seems somewhat of a let down. Still undecided on whether his performance against Aston Villa was worthy of a three or four out of ten, the main thing I’ve been musing, this week, is was the 25-year-old ever that good? After all, maybe a few impressive goals and cameos may well have masked his short-comings at the Etihad Stadium.

The rest of the list sees players who either have a confidence which their ability belies. Or footballers who failed to capitalise on early promise to the point where their good form is the anomaly. From great youngsters who became average adults, to players who were never that good, this list is devoted to those who just never lived up to the hype.

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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton

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