Living up to the label

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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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