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8 Players who signed but never played

Monday 20th January 2020
This former Stamford Bridger all too briefly called Old Trafford home.
This former Stamford Bridger all too briefly called Old Trafford home.

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With the time put into football transfers these days and the hype built around them, players face enormous expectations to deliver the goods and justify their price tags. In some cases, though, the player never has the chance. 

Clubs may sign young prospects only to loan them out until a player puts his foot down and forces a permanent tranfer. That's not what we're on about here. In this compilation, we're interested in senior players who were expected to make an immediate impact but never even scratched the surface.

Fans are told not to believe transfer rumours until the player dons a shirt and holds up the side's scarf. Here are eight footballers who did that and still never made an appearance for the club.

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Tom Clarke

Tom is a young sports writer who has previously contributed to the likes of BBC, The Times, Mirror online, talkSPORT and Liverpool ECHO as well as being Media Officer at non-league Marine Football Club. A big fan of Everton, bear in mind that his articles will come from the point of view of a man with a recent past of footballing let-downs and disappointment. However, he also adopted FC Barcelona as his second club so expect a rather rosier outlook on the continental side of things.


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