Players you really wanted here but failed when they joined other clubs

DevilRed

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Shevchenko. What a player he was for milan.

Joaquin. Blast from the past. Everyone wanted this mercurial right winger way back when. I don't think you can classify him as a failure when he moved to valencia, but he was amazing when at betis. People were crying out for him to come to Manchester after the departure of Beckham, but the move never materialised.
 

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Jordan Henderson. Good call by Fergie, He never had the hips to be a United player!
 

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Are you sure? I can't say for myself but by most accounts he had a rough start in Italt.
Even if he had mixed performances, half a decent season for a team that always wins their league hardly means corresponding to the hype for someone who's touted as the next Baresi or something.
Some articles that suggest his first season was anything but special:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/syndic...s-1st-season-at-juventus-really-been.amp.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.th...-prove-he-s-far-from-the-finished-article.amp

https://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news...h-better-place-slow/21x9dcckjoeo1friseml6ra3p

https://www.sports-nova.com/2020/07...-a-mistake-after-signing-for-european-giants/

Like I said, early days, he can be the best defender in the world for years to come, but to suggest that right now he's already living up to the expectations just doesn't seem right.
 

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Eden Hazard and Mane are couple I can think about. I thought we matched the fee for Hazard but he chose Chelsea while we bought Mikhi instead of Mane!
What? Why don’t people understand this thread?!
 

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Nuri Sahin and Kevin Strootman. It seems I've a thing for slow left-footed defensive midfielders who can pass.
 

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Lucas Torreira, not a total failure to Arsenal but I was convinced he was going to be a top player after I saw him with Uruguay in the world cup.
 

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I thought we’d dropped the ball missing out on Lucas Moura. He’s been fine but nothing amazing since.

Same thing with Renato Sanchez. For what’s it’s worth I do think his driving style of play would have suited a top club in the PL on the back of the euros but we all know how that turned out. He had way better players against him in that Bayern team than he would have had in most PL teams. I think he just totally lost confidence and focus while on loan here.

Pepe for Arsenal. I thought he’d be an excellent stopgap until sancho arrived.

Scouting is hard!
 

SAFMUTD

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Im surprised no one has mentioned Malcom, half of the forum was convinced he was the next big thing when Barca got him.
 

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Bit of a random one but I really liked Krasic when he was at CSKA Moscow.

Think he ended up as a squad player for Juve and then quickly back down the levels again.