Non-League to the Premier League. Which Footballers have made the Leap?
With money dominating the football world, it wouldn’t come as a surprise that high fee transfers is one of the main ways clubs do their business. Paying the highest amount they can afford to get the greatest players in the world.
But some players have reached the top clubs in the unlikeliest of ways, starting from the bottom of the football pyramid with non league, right to the very top division in the Premier League.
We take a look at which of the top players have made the leap to the biggest stages in football:
- Chris Smalling: The Manchester United defender has played under the best managers in the world in Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho. But the English defender used to play on pitches that have often called off games. Maidstone United was his home utill 2008.
2. Ben Foster: The ex England goalkeeper is now back at Watford keeping seven clean sheets this season. Though the thirty five year old was making the saves from an early age when he was playing for Racing Club Warwick.
3. Jordan Pickford: The England’s number one made his World Cup just last summer, marking quite the journey for the Everton player who used to play for Alfreton Town.
4. Steve Cook: The Bournemouth defender has had a crucial role in Bournemouth’s rise through the divisions to the Premier League but didn’t start his life at Bournemouth joining them in 2012 from Brighton. The English defender was loaned out to Eastleigh during his time with the seagulls.
5. Jamie Vardy: The one that made all the headlines with Leicester in their incredible Premier League win in 2016. He’s been scoring the goals since his days at Halifax Town.