Five players you didn’t realise went from non-league to Premier League
There have been a few players who did it the hard way – hauling themselves from the non-leagues to the top table of English football by their boot laces at a relatively late age.
They’re regularly called Late Bloomers because all too often Premier League teams source players from abroad, and it has been a challenge for English non-league players to ascend the ranks all the way to the top. In fact, it’s more common for players to move down the leagues rather than up.
Every now and then a success story occurs and while West Ham’s Michail Antonio is certainly flavour of the week in the Premier League, he isn’t the first name to make the step up from non-league football.
Here are five players you didn’t know played non-league football before becoming well established in the top-flight…