This is the final part in this mini series by guest author @acidphire21
So not that long ago I wrote an article on here detailing the potential golden generation, of six of the clubs players who looked set to be on the verge of breaking into the first team and become stars for the clubs. The six players could have become a great spine for the club however it hasn’t quite worked out like that for some of these lads but it has for others. I’ll go through them all in the same order I done them last time. So here we go;
When we last met this lad he was 21 years old and trying to force his way past Darren Wilson and he had failed to get any international recognition for his native Germany. Now he did go on to be a main player for us as he made a further 81 appearances for the club scoring 18 goals from the left-wing back position. Making it his own position and becoming a key part of the squad. He went on to never receive international recognition from Germany, so when I took over as England manager I called him into the squad. Having lived here long enough to take British citizenship, he went on to be a star at the 2054 world cup in which England won. That summer though with emerging talent he left for Real Madrid in a £35m deal.
The second of the German contingent who was on the verge of something special. He failed to make the step up, as he got stuck behind Hitzfield in the pecking order. He was a good squad player for us but went on to become a star for the German national team. Because of this he started asking to leave and after 50 appearances for the club in four years, I was willing to let him go. Money bags Ipswich came in for him and he left for £50m. So far this season he’s struggled with injuries and only made 4 apperances from the bench for the tractor boys but continues to play a big part for the national team
Niklas was a player who hung in the balance, he could make it but wasn’t taking his chance to force me into playing him. And that summer after making a poor 5 appearances for the club he was sold to Real Betis for £20m. In spain he has gone on to win the Spanish cup and Supercup, becoming a big player for the Spaniards. And 44 appearances in 3 seasons for the Spaniards. He continued to be picked for the Germans as 17 caps is way more than I thought he was worth. But big spending Ipswich went on to give Betis £27m this summer for him, he has so far made 13 appearances this year on his return to England but wasn’t good enough for us
So when we last saw Kauf he was the promising striker but had Forster and Phillips in front of him and looked likely to struggle to break into the team. But with Phillips career tailing off and Schafer emerging as a striker he failed to make an appearance in the first two years. After the sale of the attacking midfielder and Schafer’s move to the midfield Kauf came into his own scoring 28 goals in 31 games last season for us, and 50 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions. But he had other strikers snapping at his heels and when we were offered £90m by Monaco for his services it was tempting so some negotiating later. Ipswich spent £95m yes NINETY FIVE MILLION! On him to bring him to Norfolk he has so far scored 9 in 13 league appearances this term and we have brought on another youth striker to replace him.
Lee was the youngest of our contingent from last time at 16 he still has easily 20 years of football ahead of him and I had high hopes for him having made nearly 50 appearance by the time he was 16. He has just flourished at 20 he has made over 200 league appearances for the club and has even just been appointed club captain following Liam Phillips retirement in the summer. The 20-year-old also has 65 caps for England as I’m building not only the club side but the national side around him and will continue for years to come as the rock at the heart of our defence!
The young American striker who was easing into first team duties has also flourished! He has 89 goals to his 75 caps for the national team and that will only continue as he has many years of football in him. Club wise though he has taken the mantle of first choice striker from Liam Phillips making 213 appearances in all competitions in the last 4 years he has scored 285 goals! Including the 2052/53 season where he notched 101 goals in all competitions. He will become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with ease if he continues this form for the next 4/5 season. The big question is who in my youth team looks like he could be the next in line!
So not all hit but enough to build the team around coupled with the emergence of a few other players as really helped us kick on. And those I’ve sold on have raised nearly £200m in player sales. The Sunderland Albion conveyor belt continues and I continue to scour the world looking for youth players to bring into the club to develop.