Where did it all go wrong for Royston Drenthe? From being one of the hottest young prospects in the world to leaving Reading to sign for Kayseri Erciyesspor.
No disrespect to Reading or Kayseri Erciyesspor, with a player with Drenthe's potential many would've expected him to be playing at the top level of European football for most of his career.
Signing for Real Madrid at the age of 20 for a hefty fee, big things were expected from Drenthe.
Real Madrid spell
He made 26 appearances in his first season in Madrid, scoring two goals and getting three assists in the process.
As the seasons went on, Drenthe's playing time decreased. Furthermore, in the 2008-09 season he suffered from anxiety issues after being booed by the club's supporters during a 1–0 home win against Deportivo de La Coruña and did not feature for the club for a period.
After minimal playing time he was loaned to Spanish side Hercules in the 2010/11 season and despite making a positive impact he fell out with the club's board over rumours of unpaid wages.
The following season Drenthe was loaned out to Premier League side Everton. Although he scored some brilliant goals for the Toffees and looked unplayable at times, his problems off the pitch got the better of him and he fell out with the then current Everton manager David Moyes.
Upon reflecting at his time at Everton, Drenthe told reporters: “I used to confront David Moyes, thinking I had the right to talk to him like that. But in hindsight, he was so right about me most times.
“Now I can’t believe I blew it at Everton. It is one of the most fantastic clubs in the Premier League.
“My attitude and poor mentality are the reasons I ruined my career there.’’
Subsequently, Drenthe was released by Real Madrid, where he had a brief stint at Russian Premier League team Alania Vladikavkaz, followed by a free transfer to Reading and a loan spell to Sheffield Wednesday. Now after leaving reading, has signed for Turking premier league side Kayseri Erciyesspor.
Oh how it's all gone wrong for Drenthe, who is still only 27. It just goes to show that potential is nothing until it is fulfilled.