(Original post by River85)
Terry Cooke, was fairly highly thought of and had an excellent debut for Manchester United in February of 1996...certainly in the 95/96 season anyway (setting up a goal for Giggs, almost scoring himself) but his career has turned out to be loan spells and single seasons at lower league clubs (or the US). Playing on the right of midfield as Beckham was emerging didn't help.
There have been many young players at all clubs, particularly United, who never made it. But for some reason I always remember Terry Cooke, probably because of his debut (and an awesome goal he scored when playing for City).
Paul "I was one of the best" Gasgoine. No Paul, you never truly established yourself as one of the best over a long period of time, for obvious reasons. Then there's all the other obvious ones like Francis Jeffers.
Well, I suppose there's Scotland too....
He is Ukranian. Italy is "abroad" for him.
Messi is Argentinian, playing in Spain, though at least he spent some of his teenage years in Spain and classed as home grown but still techincally "abroad".
At least another two seasons, though I can't help but think that he was being hyped up just a little too much in his final months at Newcastle.
Was converted to a defensive/holding midfielder type by Fergie, so of course he wasn't as regular a goal scorer. But, yes, he did have a few injuries in his first season at OT, then further injuries in his final season and at Newcastle.
Erm....he has won it twice (1998, 1999). He hasn't won the Golden Boot in his 20s or 30s, however
Considering his still very young age when he joined United, I don't think the year in the army negatively affected his career too much.
If he had started the games who's to say he would've had the same impact? Fergie himself said that Solksjaer was a master of watching the game on the bench and carefully studying it before coming on. As a started he would have been unable to do this.