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Perpetual Football Manager Wonderkid Joins 10th Club In 10 Years

Perpetual Football Manager Wonderkid Joins 10th Club In 10 Years
By Gary Reilly Updated

For anyone whose minds have not been riddled by alcohol or disappointment, cast your minds back 10 years and think about what you imagined the future of football to be. Chances are somewhere included in there was the name Freddy Adu. The precocious American was the wonderkid to beat all wonderkids.

He broke into the DC United first team in2004 at the age of 14. That's 14-year-old. He was like Cherno Samba, Sonny Pike and Tonton Zola Moukoko rolled into one. Europe's big sides were falling over themselves to offer him trials here, there and everywhere. Football Manager and Championship Manager aficionados had a new favourite player.

But, somewhat predictably, that's about as good as it got for Adu. He was moved on to Real Salt Lake in 2007 for a short stint before a move to Europe signalled the beginning of the end. In four years he played 11 league games for Benfica, being loaned out four times. The final of those loans was to the heady heights of the Turkish second division.

In 2011, he bit the bullet and moved back to America with Philadelphia Union, but even that didn't last long. He was moved on to Bahia in Brazil, where he played two league games before promptly being released. Now, after he couldn't even agree a deal with Blackpool, he's about to end up in Serbia with FK Jagodina. Let's hope he has some nice pictures from his early career.

We may be wrong but he doesn't look overly happy with the move here.

Oh what might have been!


[The Big Lead]

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