“Well, at one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever. All walks of life: George Best, for example. Had it, lost it.
Although it’s premature to add the name of 20-year-old Islam Feruz to the list of people who had it and lost it, Feruz certainly seems in grave danger of becoming yet another doomed footballing starlet if the classic Trainspotting line is anything to go by.
The facts of the last few years of Feruz’s once fledgling career make for pretty depressing reading. A few Youtube wonder-strikes for Chelsea’s reserves apart, the young striker has produced precious little else since he left Celtic as a 16-year-old kid with precocious talent and bags of potential.
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A recent arrest for driving his Porsche without a licence allied to three failed loan moves perfectly sum up Feruz’s free-fall from grace. To say the young Hibernian loanee is wasting his talent would be to water down the severity of the situation. So where did it all go wrong for the Somalian born wonder kid?
Well, the fact that a young man, who only turned 20 last week, owns a Porsche despite achieving absolutely nothing in professional football points to the post-modern problem of young players getting too much too young. But is the plot thicker still?
Reports of his poor attitude to training and his inability to integrate properly with his teammates have plagued him long before he received pay cheques big enough to buy a Porsche. Ever since he was a young player for Celtic, rumours have been rife that Feruz had considerable troubles to go with his supreme talents.
Apparently his problems have followed him every step of the way on his footballing odyssey over the last few years, which has seen Feruz embark on ill-fated loan moves to places as far flung as Russia.
However in spite of his stock plummeting like penny shares, Feruz insists his transgressions as a teenager may just be his making as a man.
Feruz said: “I’ve got wiser. I know what I want and I am determined to make the most of this chance and do well. I’ve made a few mistakes, but I’ve learned from them. If it was not for the mistakes, then I wouldn’t be the man I am today."
Still, searching for a place where the penny will finally drop has proved futile for Feruz, who has been sent packing prematurely from OFI Crete, Blackpool and Russian club Krylia Sovetov where he only lasted two days, citing ‘homesickness’ as his reasons for leaving.
Funnily enough, Feruz’s new home is Edinburgh, the setting of the cult classic film Trainspotting. Let's hope that Feruz is able to redeem himself at Hibs and prove that he still has the raw talent that tempted Chelsea to buy him as a teenager. Because if fails at the Scottish Championship club, many will believe he has lost it and it's gone forever.
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