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What happened to Kevin Strootman?

I remember when he was about 22/23 he got linked here a lot, that being around the time we were crying out for CM's. I thought it was nailed on at one point.

He's 31 now, should be in his prime. But he's on loan..
If I remember correctly he had a serious knee injury a few years ago, then just over a month after returning he had a ACL injury one on the same knee which basically ended any chance of becoming a top player.
 

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This is a useful thread for tempering expectations of all those who are calling for us to sign the latest starlet or flavour of the month "next sure thing".

There have been loads of players down the years who fans were enraged that we didn't sign or clamouring for players they'd barely seen that have since slipped into obscurity.
 

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Can anybody remember a short, stocky winger/attacker from 10~20 years ago who played for (I think) Wigan?

Been going mad trying to remember him, although I may have the wrong club which wouldn't help! :lol:
 

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That world cup had a lot of those kind of players by the way: Oscar, Schürlle, Götze (though he resurfaced somewhat), Jackson Martinez, Julian Green, etc.
 

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Can anybody remember a short, stocky winger/attacker from 10~20 years ago who played for (I think) Wigan?

Been going mad trying to remember him, although I may have the wrong club which wouldn't help! :lol:
from Wigan I can only remember Moses and Malouney. Hoilett was still playing for Blackburn in those days, maybe it's him you were thinking about.
 

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Basically Brazil's 2nd star player, attacking-wise, after Neymar in their 2014 WC. Kinda hard to believe now.
If I’m not mistaken, scored the only goal for Brazil in the infamous Germany beatdown. That’s all I remember him for now :lol:
 

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At one point I thought Andros Townsend had retired when he was a TV pundit for a while. Then he started playing again.
 

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If I’m not mistaken, scored the only goal for Brazil in the infamous Germany beatdown. That’s all I remember him for now :lol:
And Neuer was furious that the defense allowed that goal. One of the most strange games that ever happened :houllier:
 

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Can anybody remember a short, stocky winger/attacker from 10~20 years ago who played for (I think) Wigan?

Been going mad trying to remember him, although I may have the wrong club which wouldn't help! :lol:
If it's Wigan during the PL years, then it could be Shaun Maloney (as others have suggested), Gary Teale, Callum McManaman (more recent times)?

The description of a short stocky winger also fits Damien Duff (or Junior Hoilett) who were at Blackburn around 10-20 years ago?
 

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Can anybody remember a short, stocky winger/attacker from 10~20 years ago who played for (I think) Wigan?

Been going mad trying to remember him, although I may have the wrong club which wouldn't help! :lol:
Short and stocky, Andy Reid springs to mind, or Andy Sinton but neither played for Wigan.
 

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Can anybody remember a short, stocky winger/attacker from 10~20 years ago who played for (I think) Wigan?

Been going mad trying to remember him, although I may have the wrong club which wouldn't help! :lol:
Do you mean Amr Zaki?
He didn't play on the wing, but was definitely short and stocky.
 

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I thought strootman would have retired by now as he seemed a complete different generation.
 

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Do you mean Amr Zaki?
He didn't play on the wing, but was definitely short and stocky.
Thank you!!! Scored a few screamers if I remember correctly. I bought him for my team on Pro Evo and wanted United to sign him because he was so good on it (I was young, okay!?)
 

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Do you mean Amr Zaki?
He didn't play on the wing, but was definitely short and stocky.
Thank you!!! Scored a few screamers if I remember correctly. I bought him for my team on Pro Evo and wanted United to sign him because he was so good on it (I was young, okay!?)
Zaki is a perfect warning to fans not to always buy into the old 'kissing the badge, waving to fans' antics.

I know a few Wigan fans and he joined them on loan and in the first half of the season was playing really well, scoring goals and kissing the badge, and saying how he loved the club and fans, etc. When there was talk of him earning a move to bigger clubs in the January market that never materialised he started being really unprofessional, and not returning from international duty, etc - to the point that Steve Bruce, Wigan's manager at the time, said by the end of the season loan that he was the most unprofessional player he'd ever worked with.
 

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Just seen Pandev score against Germany. I remember him a long time ago with Inter and thought he had retired.
 

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Just seen Pandev score against Germany. I remember him a long time ago with Inter and thought he had retired.
Yeah, thought the same. Wasn’t he part of Inter’s treble winning team in 2010? He looked 30 back then.
 

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Does Lewis Holtby still exist? Marko Marin? Where are these guys :lol:
I use to post on a blog, where one of the more prominent members was convinced Marko Marin would be as good if not better than Messi. Literally every other day would be going on about how United simply can't miss out on the once in a generation talent Marin.

Made few appearances for Chelsea I guess.
 

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I use to post on a blog, where one of the more prominent members was convinced Marko Marin would be as good if not better than Messi. Literally every other day would be going on about how United simply can't miss out on the once in a generation talent Marin.

Made few appearances for Chelsea I guess.
I thought Marin was going to be the dogs balls as well, mainly due to football manager though and nothing to do with his actual skill set.
 

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I use to post on a blog, where one of the more prominent members was convinced Marko Marin would be as good if not better than Messi. Literally every other day would be going on about how United simply can't miss out on the once in a generation talent Marin.

Made few appearances for Chelsea I guess.
He was nicknamed the German Messi, the hype around him at Bremen was real as I remember making a long long thread in another forums convinced that we have to sign him. Made myself look a right idiot 2 seasons later.
 

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On the subject of forgotten players you wrongly thought would become world class, I'll put forward Daniel Opare.

I watched him at the 2007 U17 World Cup with Ghana and he was an amazing attacking right back - getting up and down all game at pace, good on the ball, and making great contributions at both ends.

I was raving about him and he quickly joined Real Madrid and progressed to the Ghana national team. However he failed to establish himself with either and his career drifted for a number of years. I forgot all about him but, having checked, he seems to have had a couple of decent seasons in Belgium recently - although he's 30 now so really hasn't achieved anywhere near what I thought he might.
 

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He was nicknamed the German Messi, the hype around him at Bremen was real as I remember making a long long thread in another forums convinced that we have to sign him. Made myself look a right idiot 2 seasons later.
It was you wasn't it :smirk:
 

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On the subject of forgotten players you wrongly thought would become world class, I'll put forward Daniel Opare.

I watched him at the 2007 U17 World Cup with Ghana and he was an amazing attacking right back - getting up and down all game at pace, good on the ball, and making great contributions at both ends.

I was raving about him and he quickly joined Real Madrid and progressed to the Ghana national team. However he failed to establish himself with either and his career drifted for a number of years. I forgot all about him but, having checked, he seems to have had a couple of decent seasons in Belgium recently - although he's 30 now so really hasn't achieved anywhere near what I thought he might.
I thought Emmanuel Frimpong was gonna be solid, not world beater but solid premier League player for the likes of Everton, villa or spurs (at that time).

Royston Drenthe was another. Was so disappointed when he went to Madrid off the back of that u21 championship. So much talent in that particular tournament if memory serves.