We’ve all heard the acclaim and read the hype but more often than not ‘the next Lionel Messi’ never quite lives up to expectation. However gloriously the gossip columns portray them, these players’ careers are never quite as faultless as their YouTube clips would have you believe and the Premier League is littered with supposedly talented individuals who usually fail to live up to expectation.
Whether it’s the youngster who hasn’t sparkled since his big money move from the lower leagues or the journeyman who has been given umpteen chances to prove his worth, today’s sensationalist media are desperate to build players up so they can knock them down. While in decades past the true heroes of yesteryear would earn their place in the history books with years of committed service, nowadays a handful of skilful showings can thrust a player into the limelight before they are ready as dramatic expectation often outweighs reality.
Such high standards are difficult to maintain and more often than not these players suffer from having too much responsibility placed on their shoulders, so inevitably their indifferent performances are deemed unacceptable and reputations are tarnished. The English top flight has a plethora of talent but too often modern day pros are given far too much attention too soon so let’s take a look at the 15 ‘Most Overhyped’ Premier League stars…