Living up to the label



Written for The Offside Rule (We Get It!)

Freddy Adu, the proclaimed ‘new Pele’ has been found hosting nightclub evenings in Washington this week instead of playing top-level football. Laura Jones asks whether labelling promising players as a new version of someone else is worth the pressure.

Barry Ferguson, manager of Blackpool in February 2014, said of American striker Freddy Adu,“He is a great lad but I’m more than happy with what I’ve got. I have a strong squad.”

For a player who was dubbed the ‘new Pele’ at the age of 14, being told he can train with Blackpool but that he’s not ‘strong’ enough to earn even a short-term contract, shows a long fall from the superstar shelf.

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