Spurs' Gareth Bale & 9 Players Let Go Before They Were Superstars

Spurs look set to make a killing from selling on Bale to Real but they're selling at the right time. Here are a few players whose clubs weren't so lucky...
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Spurs look set to make a killing from selling on Bale to Real but they're selling at the right time. Here are a few players whose clubs weren't so lucky...

Once upon a time, before Spurs' Gareth Bale was GARETH BALE, the Welshman was a lowly left-back signed with promise but not yet fulfilling his potential. In fact, he was down-right dramatically bad; with a damning statistic circulating for quite some time that the North London club just couldn't win whenever he played.

It's hard to believe that, at one stage in 2008, Spurs were going to offer Bale plus £15MILLION for lightweight winger Stuart Downing. They got lucky when they decided that holding onto him would probably be a better bet, but go to Topman Generation to find out some of the players let go by teams before they became superstars.

Created by Sabotage Times, Topman GENERATION is a new daily interactive multi-media men’s magazine providing a unique cultural insight into the worlds of fashion, music, film, sport and art.

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