14. Joe Cole
If injuries hadn’t decimated Cole, there’s a good chance we’d be talking about him as one of the greatest English players of his generation. Steven Gerrard even compared his technical ability to Lionel Messi. Cole had great dribbling skills. His low center of gravity and ability with the ball made him a defender’s nightmare.
After a successful few years with Chelsea, Cole moved to Liverpool on a free transfer to try and reignite his career after numerous injuries. First, he got sent off in his debut. Then he totally failed to make a positive impact on the pitch. That was the end for Cole as he went on a nomadic career that would end with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.