#8. Julius Agahowa
Like a number of other players on this list, Julius Aghahowa is here because he could have been so much better than he was. Aghahowa was regarded as one of the best young forwards in world football during his first few seasons playing in Europe. Aghahowa was a part of the Nigerian Golden Generation and moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2000. He quickly settled and the forward showed breathtaking pace, trickery, and goal scoring ability which attracted the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs. By the age of 20 Aghahowa had already scored 12 international goals and had scored 18 goals in 35 games for Shakhtar. However something went wrong for Aghahowa. His good form continued right up until the time he was 22 but Aghahowa seemed to just stop developing. His performances dropped dramatically and he left Shakhtar a few seasons later to move to the Premier League with Wigan Athletic. He failed to score in his 18 months in England and returned to Shakhtar after a brief spell in Turkey. Aghahowa’s career fizzled out and he retired in 2013 after failing to find a club.