Top five “Wonderkids” that never lived up to the hype

Sometimes the ‘next big thing’ in football goes on to be a world-beater… but here are five that didn’t warrant all the noise.

5. Michael Johnson
Johnson was a product of the Manchester City youth academy and was considered to be the best of a group that also included Daniel Sturridge and Micah Richards.
He broke into the first-team in 2006, aged just 18 and in the 2007/08 season, was a City regular under Sven Goran Eriksson and nicknamed ‘FEC’ – Future England Captain – in the Eastlands dressing room.
Injuries restricted the midfielder to 10 games over the following two seasons, before a cruciate-ligament injury effectively ruined his career. He did spend one season on-loan at Leicester in 2011, again under Eriksson, but only made seven appearances.
Johnson was released by City in January, aged just 24...
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