Once a footballer has fallen off the map, it’s hard for them to get themselves back on it – but that’s exactly what these players have done. Through hard work and determination, they have picked themselves up and revived their football careers.
The Fan Park crew has a look at five players who’ve put themselves back on the map this season.
The Portuguese winger joined Manchester United in 2007 and was very much in the shadow of fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo. His stats proved better than his colleague’s at the same age, and the glory was out there for Nani to grab. However, after a few disappointing seasons, Nani went on loan to Sporting Lisbon where he has managed to find some good form again, particularly in the Champions League - scoring four goals and providing two assists.
Once he’s loan spell is complete, it will be interesting to see if Van Gaal will be keen to use the skilful right-footer.
It was a surprise to most when Louis Van Gaal said that Ashley Young was staying at Manchester United last summer, after an impressive preseason, but the former Aston Villa man has been more than handy in the current campaign. Starting 11 games in the league and providing dangerous deliveries from out wide as wing-back, there’s no doubt that he’s slowly finding the form triggered United's interested in the first place.
The Frenchman was on loan at Charlton in November, but was recalled after several injuries to key players in Arsenal’s midfield. Coquelin’s brave performance against Manchester City in the Gunners’ 2-0 win was highlighted by his manager, and that game alone undoubtedly won over a few Gooners. Will we be seeing more of the 23-year-old in Arsenal’s starting line-up?
When he was brought to Manchester United by former coach David Moyes, some argued that new role in central midfield wasn’t where he was most suitable – while others argued that he was the worst buy prior to the last campaign. However, Van Gaal restored faith in Fellaini and brought him on as a substitute, where he scored an emphatic equaliser against West Brom. After that, he started 10 league games, playing a key role in Manchester United’s good run of form.
Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian attacking midfielder was sold to Wolfsburg from Chelsea after not being seen as good enough for the star-studded team. Now, the 23-year-old is regarderd as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe. Next to his name this season, he has 11 goals and 12 assists in just 26 appearances. It’s no doubt he will be a sought after player at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Catch the second part of players who have revived their careers tomorrow at 7pm!