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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    My view on Delph has been consistent from the beginning. The manner in which he left just shed further light on his lack of leadership ability which I was already fully aware of.
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    January (we need a keeper) transfer window 2019

    How many of those will be able to cut it at Premier League level? Bolasie and possibly McGinn. Maybe Hourihane. He also signed Whelan, Lansbury, Elmohamady, Taylor, Nyland, Bjarnason and Hogan. How about his signings for Sunderland and Hull?
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    January (we need a keeper) transfer window 2019

    Bruce rarely signs quality though so I don't understand the comparison.
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    Who would you say is more overrated (reputation vs actual ability)?
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    Delph for me was a weak link in Lambert's teams. Anything but solid, wasn't overly composed or great in possession, wasn't great offensively or defensively, frequently gave away possession cheaply, was captain but hardly displayed any 'captain-like' qualities. Never rated Stewart Downing. James Chester - Not the worst CB I've seen but he's not Premier League quality. Lacks size and presence for a CB and doesn't make up for it enough in other areas. Pulis used him as a RB at West Brom and I can see why. Jack Grealish - Not a fan of his mentality or style of play to be honest. I can't think of a player less suitable for 'building a team around'. The end product of the club's poor decision making and misplaced investment of recent times. Hopefully something can be salvaged from it but I'm not holding my breath. When you compare the way I view him to the hype surrounding him I have no other choice but to include him in the list. Abraham - If he "hasn't cut it in the Premier League for a poor Swansea team", why are there fans calling for us to sign him permanently even if it costs £100m? The rest are still rated by some and if not were rated reasonably highly when they joined or at some point.
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    I based it relative to their reputations. Mellberg has an overwhelmingly positive reputation among fans but I was never overly impressed when I watched him play. Jenas and Whelan both came over with reputations but I never rated either based on what I saw of them at their previous clubs. Abraham and Grealish - both lack some fundamental qualities I look for in players who feature in such key roles. I struggle seeing either forming part of the core of a successful team at Premier League level. That's not to say they won't go on to have successful careers at 'big clubs', but they're anything but safe bets and not players I would have invested heavily in.
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    I rated Laursen highly. I would have loved to have seen Laursen and Vlaar paired together. For me, Vlaar was seriously underrated. If he was around during the MON era he would be remembered as a different player. Clark and Okore also ridiculously underrated and neither have come close yet to reaching their full potential.
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    Agreed, I thought he showed tonnes of potential but was also sold to Bolton to fund the recruitment of Curtis Davies. My list of our most overrated players: Fabian Delph, Curtis Davies, Darius Vassell (only saw the last few seasons of his career), Olof Mellberg (only saw the last few seasons of his career), Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede, Stewart Downing, Stephen Ireland, Jermaine Jenas, Luke Moore, Henri Lansbury, Glenn Whelan, Albert Adomah, James Chester, Jack Grealish, Tammy Abraham.
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    Players I rated who never got the best out of themselves while with us: Crouch, Davis, McCann, Sorenson, Cahill, Angel, Solano, Baros, Warnock, Makoun, Lichaj, Daniel Johnson, Albrighton, Guzan, Vlaar, Okore, Clark, Gil, Kozak, Westwood, Lowton, Sylla, Gueye, Traore, Amavi, Bacuna, Cissokho, Gabby.
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    Oscar Borg

    What does age, club or number of games played have to do with x factor?
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    Oscar Borg

    Absolutely. I'm not surprised you say he has a good attitude. It comes across strongly on his twitter account and by the way he carries himself. It's a shame he will probably need to work his way back up the divisions but from what I've seen he has the tools to turn it around. Stories like his is what I watch football for. So many talented players just don't get the opportunities or the support they need at clubs to live up to their potential and are let go or fall through the cracks. Hopefully he can find a club where he is valued so he can get back on track and turn things around as quickly as possible so his talent isn't wasted.
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    Oscar Borg

    Thanks for that, V4L. Weird though as I was planning to come on here and ask about him over the next few days. I looked him up and couldn’t find much info apart from him not having a club. Surprising because although I only saw him play once for us, I thought he was a stand out and was disappointed we let him go. Too much x factor and creativity for Bruce and MacDonald to handle probably. Glad to hear he is training with someone and is still on some club’s radars. He’s definitely a talented player with a lot of potential.
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    The Ex-Villa Player thread - Keeping tabs on old Villans

    https://www.svenskafans.com/fotboll/ostersund/forum.aspx
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    The Ex-Villa Player thread - Keeping tabs on old Villans

    Jerell Sellars scores his first goal for Swedish team Östersunds FK coming on as a late sub. 6 mins, 28 secs.
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    The Ex-Villa Player thread - Keeping tabs on old Villans

    Just an update on his progress. It's no secret that I rate him pretty highly. He's just turned 26, but I still think he has a lot to offer at Premier League level if someone is willing to take a chance on him.