World Cup winner and PSG 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe is one of those youngsters shining in football right now. The young attacker netted four goals to help France conquer the World in Russia 2018 showdown. He also had a great time at AS Monaco too. The future looks very bright for him and the likes of Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, Paulo Dybala of Juventus and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspurs. The fans expect them to take the stage but as we have seen before, anything can happen. Today, we want to take a look at Wonder kids who failed to live up to the expectations.
5. Federico Macheda-Manchester United
Nine years ago today, Federico Macheda scored a goal that no-one will ever forget…
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 5, 2018
We can’t forget the former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda. The Italian striker took the World by surprise in 2008/09 when he scored crucial goals to help Sir Alex Ferguson win another League title. He was compared to Dennis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton in many ways. However, he really never made it.
The attacker was loaned out to Sampdoria, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers among others before joining Cardiff on a permanent deal. In 2016-17 he was signed by Serie B side Novara. At a tender age of 26 years, his career looks to be coming to an end.
4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- £15 million
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that leaving Arsenal was the hardest decision of his life… pic.twitter.com/CJLA0figqf
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) September 9, 2017
In August 2011, Arsenal paid £12 million to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton. In his final season at St. Marys, he netted 10 goals in 41 appearances. Arsene Wenger believed he had seen enough and splashed the money.
The story was not been the same when he arrived at Emirates. In six years he scored only 20 goals in 194 appearances. A combination of injuries and poor form is what derailed his development. He failed to live up to the hype and the Gunners sold him to Liverpool.
3. Martin Ødegaard- Real Madrid
After the United States tour, Martin Ødegaard will be loaned out for the 2018/19 season. [AS] pic.twitter.com/jECEJYlrW1
— Spectating Madrid (@spectatemadrid) August 6, 2018
In 2015, Real Madrid paid 35 million kroner (approximately €4 million) to Strømsgodset to sign Martin Ødegaard. The deal could rise to 70–75 million kroner (approximately €8–8.5 million). The wonder kid was only 15 years then. He was said to be the next Lionel Messi.
The player joined Real Madrid reserves and played there for three years. However, the Norwegian attacking midfielder failed to live up to the hype. In January 2017 Madrid had seen enough. They loaned him out to Dutch club SC Heerenveen for 18 months. He is now back at Santiago Bernabeu and they don’t know what to do with him.