Footballers Who Could Never Fulfil Their Potential

  1. Jack Wilshere – Jack Wilshere is one of the players who could never fulfil his potential due to his injury concerns at every step of his career. He made his debut in September 2008, at the age of 16 years and 256 days, becoming Arsenal’s youngest-ever league debutant. The Center Midfielder was once seen as the future leader for the Gunners as well as the England National team, but his injury struggles have halted what might have been a spectacular career. After joining West Ham United in 2018, he struggled to get action on the pitch and eventually he had to leave West Ham. Wilshere’s Hammers contract was terminated by mutual consent on transfer deadline day, bringing an end to an unhappy two-year spell at the club he supported as a boy.


  1. Ravel Morrison – Morrison was claimed to be ‘the best kid you’ll ever see’ by none other than the Manchester United legend and former coach, Sir Alex Ferguson. Back then, the controversial midfielder was an integral part of Manchester United’s youth side. While his football ability could never be questioned as he possessed everything that a footballer needs to be but, his work ethic and attitude were far from exemplary at Old Trafford as he trained alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. Due to several controversies both on the field and off it, the Red Devils parted ways with Morrison in 2012. He then went on to join West Ham, Birmingham, QPR, Sheffield United, Lazio and ADO Den Haag, but couldn’t manage to get a great number of games to his name. Currently a free agent, Morrison is no longer the ‘best kid ever’ that he once was.


  1. Mario Gotze – Who could ever forget Mario Gotze scoring the decider against Argentina back in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals. However, disappointingly, that became Gotze’s only career highlight, as the German failed to create an impact despite playing for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for years. Gotze rose through the ranks as a Borussia Dortmund player before earning the switch to arch-rivals Bayern Munich in 2013. Back then, it was a sign of things to come as the football player won his country the World Cup the next year, before playing a role in the Bavarians’ Bundesliga and DFB Cup wins in the next two seasons. However, a metabolic disorder which was later diagnosed to be myopathy meant that he could never reach the heights he was supposed to reach. After returning to BVB, he was reduced as a fringe player before his contract wound up at the end of the 2019-20 season. Aged just 28, the former World Champion currently plays for the Dutch team, PSV.


  1. Alexander Pato – Considered to be the ‘Wonderkid’ and the future legend at his time at AC Milan, the fall of Pato was as quick as his rise. By the time he was 21, Pato had taken his homeland by storm at boyhood club Internacional, as well as leading AC Milan to their first league title in seven years. However, injuries played a major role in the decline of his early blooming bright career. After a spell with Milan, Pato returned to Brazil and joined Corinthians. He failed to impress there as well and loan moves followed one after the other, and finally, he earned a move back to Europe via Chelsea in 2016. Villarreal came calling six months later, before he fell for the riches of the Chinese Super League (CSL) in 2017 when he signed for Tianjin Tianhai.That has turned out to be his last high-profile transfer till date, and while he may have earned a good sum of money from his time in China, his career has undoubtedly not seen the growth that was once expected of him.
  2. Mario Balotelli – “Why always me?” Mario Balotelli famously revealed his shirt to say after scoring in the Manchester derby back in 2011. The Italian has always found the headlines throughout his roller-coaster career. Unfortunately, it’s often been for the wrong reasons. Setting his bathroom alight with fireworks, throwing darts at youth team players, and going to a strip club before a game are just a few of the crimes on his rap sheet. He’s also had a poor disciplinary record and often fallen out with his managers and teammates. Amid that, there have been moments of genius – his performances at Euro 2012, especially his performance against Germany in the semi-finals were astonishing, It’s a shame it didn’t happen more often