After a glorious spell at Chelsea, where he was contracted for three years and started no Premier League games, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has voiced his desire to one day play for a ‘top club’.
“I want to develop so I can eventually get back to playing for a club like Chelsea,” he said.
“I just want to grow as a player and eventually arrive at a top club again.”
A tremendous demonstration of loyalty and gratitude to the Toffees, who paid a club record £28m to sign him when his Stamford Bridge employers deemed him substandard to Ivorian artefact Didier Drogba and made it clear he had no future at the highest level.
These sentiments echo those made by West Brom’s Saido Berahino earlier in the month, who also has aspirations of moving up in the world and doesn’t expect any of the Baggies’ faithful to begrudge him a high-profile transfer.
His eternal affection earned from a whopping 61 appearances in Throstles colours.
Far removed from their stations, this twosome clearly hasn’t heeded the misfortune suffered by these three young guns that formed big ideas on misguided foundations.
Loved by supporters for his industriousness and tenacity, Parker first sprung to attention when bossing midfields at Charlton in his early 20’s.
By January 2004 the Chelsea talent tractor beam was drawing him to Stamford Bridge, though the Addicks were determined to hang onto their prized asset.
Parker combated the south Londoners’ resistance with an attitude adjustment that made it clear he wouldn’t be giving 100% commitment until he was sold.
Boss Alan Curbishley described it thusly:
“Scott, from the moment he heard Chelsea were interested, has not wanted to play for us.”
He was ultimately sold for £10m, but a torturous spell at Stamford Bridge saw him make only 15 league appearances (11 came in the half season following his cross-capital switch) and he left for Newcastle with a stomach full of humble pie.
Currently at Sunderland, the former prodigious winger was quick to abandon Middlesbrough, the club whose esteemed academy he graduated from, when Manchester City knocked on for him.
Having spent the bulk of his Boro career in Stewart Downing’s shadow, the England international was revelling as the Mac Daddy on Teesside in 2009/10, though wouldn’t extend his contract at the Riverside, prompting them to sell to City halfway through the campaign in question for £8m.
Unfortunately, Johnson’s only electrifying spell came in the Championship and wasn’t able to replicate this brilliance consistently at Premier League level.
Were it not for Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea on the same day, Carroll’s £35m transfer from boyhood club Newcastle to Liverpool would be regarded as the biggest waste of money in Premier League history.
At 22, the Toon’s talisman had savoured a decent half season in the top-flight before commanding such a sizeable fee.
This form eluded him throughout his Anfield tenure, Carroll scored just six league goals before being fobbed off to West Ham.