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Biggest Disappointments XI of the last 20 years

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Halmeister, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. Halmeister

    Halmeister Some sort of pun about having a well known member Member

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    Okay... so not quite the worst players of the last 20 years, but ones that you expected and hoped so much more from. There'll be some crossover here, I imagine.

    Karius

    Clyne
    Lovren
    Sakho
    Moreno

    Allen
    Aquilani
    Keita

    Benteke
    Carroll
    Morientes

    Ignore the fact I've got 3 lumbering glaciers up top there for the purpose of this thread.

    Dunno how Markovic keeps missing out in these XIs for me, but hey ho.
     
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    Mors Well-Known Member

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    Here's a few I thought we'd get much more from:

    Şahin
    Litmanen
    Kewell
    Keane
    Cole
    Balotelli
    Lallana



    I was going to add in Lucas, but I think most knew he'd be shit upfront.
     
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  3. Halmeister

    Halmeister Some sort of pun about having a well known member Member

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    Kewell is a great shout. Throw him in mine somewhere.
     
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    Red Bird Very Active Member

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    I’d put one of Diouf and Cisse instead of Morientes.
     
  5. Halmeister

    Halmeister Some sort of pun about having a well known member Member

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    Yeah, I expected big things from Cisse actually. Diouf, too, after that world cup. Swap Morientes and Benteke for them two.
     
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    Donavan Ried Minamino our new Japanese Brazilian Member

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    Mignolet

    Arbeloa
    Lovren
    Coates
    Moreno

    Kewell
    Downing
    Joe Cole
    Ibe

    Ryan Babel
    Solanke
     
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    Donavan Ried Minamino our new Japanese Brazilian Member

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    Forgot all about Keane, he made so little impact
     
  8. Aidan O' Neill

    Aidan O' Neill Well-Known Member

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    Arbeloa?
     
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  9. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    These threads are always veering close to just a "Shittest Ever XI",  but I see you're making an effort.

    However, there's also the issue of players who some fans (not all, indeed sometimes not many at all|) expected to be shit, or at least average, or had no really high expectations for, and out if this list Morientes and Allen fit that bill for me. And you could add Balotelli too.

    Then there's the players who very few had seen play much, so didn't have an opinion until they actually started for us, and were indeed shit (Aquilani, Karius, Keita, Sakho, Babel, Dossena, Riera, Lucas)

    And there's the ones who I thought might be alright, with some reservations, and were much, much worse, or at least a bit disappointing (Carroll, Benteke, Lovren).

    Personally, most of the players who I was quite excited about, but failed me utterly, were some time ago - which is probably explained by an increasingly jaded and cynical view, but include:

    Stan Collymore (he was great for a season at least)
    Paul Ince (what an idiot I am)
    Dean Saunders
    David James
    Christian Ziege
    Robbie Keane
    John Scales/ Phil Babb/ Neil Ruddock/ Jason McAteer/ Julian Dicks/Piechnik/ Kvarme (basically every defender that Souness and Evans signed, although I recognise Scales was quality for a while)
     
  10. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Yes, Kewell was one I forgot. So buzzing when we signed him, then sadly we never saw the best of him due to about a dozen injuries.

    Not sure anyone rated Ibe, Coates, Cole or Downing that highly though
     
  11. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    That great world cup in which he scored exactly zero goals
     
  12. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Balotelli?!
     
  13. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Cisse, yeah. I actually liked him a bit more than most though.

    Sucker for quick players that I am. He did have one decent season, and scored 18 goals or sommat, albeit playing RM
     
  14. Halmeister

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    He tore France apart in the opener, right? I remember being a kid and excited he was coming to us. Afterall, we fucked Anelka off for this guy. He was going to be quality, right?

    As for your earlier post, I was definitely excited about Keita coming. He looked top quality, and all reports about him seemed to back that up.

    Morientes was an important member of a great Real Madrid squad, and coming off the back of a great campaign with Monaco.

    Joe Allen had Ryan waxing lyrical (Rolls Royce!) and Rodgers had branded him the Welsh Xavi. I naively got swept up in all the hysteria.

    Cisse was a good one. I honestly thought he'd go on to be our Thierry Henry.
     
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    tombrown Very Well-Known Member

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    No Gonzales yet? He was going to be the pacey winger we had been crying out for, and the answer to all our problems
     
  16. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Yeah, he had a good game against France. Still scored no goals. At all.

    In fact, he was outscored by that other dopey cunt who played for Senegal, Salif Diao. Who we obviously also signed and was also fucking laughably shit.

    I never fancied Morientes. Lumbering fuck.
     
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    Irishanfield Tiocfaidh ár lá Member

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    Also Joe Cole was a massive disappointment even if he was on a free
     
  18. Halmeister

    Halmeister Some sort of pun about having a well known member Member

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    Nah, I thought Joe Cole was finished by that point.
     
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    Markovic should be in there.
     
  20. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Yeah, free, but what was the wage we offered? £120,000 a week or something retarded.
     

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