The best players need not always belong to the traditional big clubs in world football. Herein we take a look at some of the up-and-coming potential stars of the future, and some established players loyal to the clubs that brought them into prominence, currently plying their trade in relatively lower-ranked teams:
10. Ross Barkley
The Scouser has given pundits a lot to think about, with inevitable comparisons to Wayne Rooney galore. In an advanced midfield role, his quick, short-backlift passes are liable to thread the eye of a needle, and skilful, marauding runs have made him a more versatile player, usable on the wing if needed. The defensive side of his game still needs some work, though, but the Everton lad looks to be a bright prospect, hopefully for the Toffees’ long-term future.