Our promising youngsters who disappeared: what went wrong?

Rolando Aarons has just returned from a loan spell at Czech First League side Slovan Liberec and as he failed to get a single goal or assist there, I think it's time for us to sell him. Having been a very promising talent when he first burst onto the scene, this got me thinking about our academy graduates that were tipped for big things but failed to deliver.

Young striker, Adam Armstrong showed a lot of promise in his early career days, he was shipped off to Blackburn this summer. Picture courtesy of The Boot Room.

Adam Armstrong

Like Aarons, Adam Armstrong was tipped to go far in his career in 2014 and even more so after scoring twice as England won the U17 Euros that year and then his twenty league goals campaign at on loan at League One Coventry in 2015/16. However, things started to go wrong for him as he only got a combined seven Championship goals in loan spells at Barnsley and Bolton, he found his feet again when he was reunited with Tony Mowbray in January 2018 as he helped Blackburn to promotion from League One but it didn't stop Rafa Benitez wanting rid of the West Denton born forward and Rovers signed him permanently in August.

Adam Campbell

Like Andy Carroll, Adam Campbell made his first team debut in a European away game at the age of 17 (subsequently overtaking him as our youngest player to play in Europe) but he only made five appearances in total and after underwhelming loan spells at St Mirren, Fleetwood, Hartlepool and Gateshead (we won't count Carlisle as he was recalled quickly), he was released in 2015 at the age of 20.

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