After seeing Stirling and Delph move to Manchester City this week we look at a few other Englishmen under 23 who made the move to a top 4 club and things didn’t go to plan.
Andy Carroll – Newcastle to Liverpool (£35m)
Became Newcastle’s new Alan Shearer, a local boy with an eye for goal. Became a regular after Newcastle dropped down to the Championship scoring 17 goals before Liverpool to spent a British transfer record of £35 million after 11 goals in 19 games as a replacement for Chelsea bound Fernando Torres. Had to wait 3 months to play his first game for his new club following an injury and after only 6 goals in 44 games Carroll was loaned out to West Ham before moving on a £15 million deal. Carroll claimed he was forced out of Newcastle has never really recovered his goal scoring form.
Francis Jeffers – Everton to Arsenal (£10m)
Jeffers made his debut for Everton in 1997 aged 16 and made a big-money move to Arsenal at 17. However his Arsenal career was ruined by injuries and after three years and four goals, Jeffers dropped down the leagues and only managed another 18 goals in 10 years. Currently working for Everton’s academy on a voluntary basis.
Jack Rodwell – Everton to Man City (£12m)
Spent five years in the Everton first team before he secured a move to Premier League champions Manchester City in 2012. Rodwell failed to establish himself at Man City and dropped away from the England team before moving to Sunderland.
Scott Parker – Charlton to Chelsea (£10m)
Was considered one of the brightest prospects in English football while playing for Charlton and was consistently linked with moves away from Charlton for several years before leaving the Valley in 2004 to join Chelsea on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of £10 million. He did not play regularly at Chelsea, but did manage to rebuild his career after a move to Newcastle United the following year, where he was made captain. Parker joined West Ham United in 2007, and was the FWA Footballer of the Year for the 2010–11 season despite the club being relegated. He was then signed by Tottenham Hotspur and joined Fulham in 2013.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace to Man Utd (£8m)
Joi Man Utd, and was loaned back to then Championship side Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season. Started the 2013 FA Community Shield against Wigan but things quickly wend down hill and he only managed another 2 games after rumours Zaha was in a relationship with David Moyes daughter.
Nick Powell – Crewe to Man Utd (£5m)
He began his career at Crewe Alexandra, initially as a forward, making his debut at the age of 16. moved to Man Utd in the summer of 2012. Gained European experiance while on loan at Wigan but a loan to Leicester City was terminated early due to the player showing a lack of commitment to training.
Scott Sinclair – Swansea to Man City (£5m)
Second-youngest Bristol Rovers first-team debutant – at the age of 15 years 277 days. After 5 Premier League games and a number of loans Sinclair left Chelsea for Swansea before moving to Man City for £8 million. Now rebuilding his career at Villa after only making 3 starts for his former club.