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Forgotten Wanderers #2: Blerim Dzemaili

In part 2 of this series, Chris takes a look at the players who you may well have forgotten actually pulled on the famous white shirt at least once...

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It's funny to think that once upon a time we were a Premier League team.

Bolton Wanderers had a squad full of quality players, with nary a Liam Feeney to be seen.

We lived with the luxury of having a player such as Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili in reserve. In reserve, and then we fucked him off.

Signed in February 2007 from FC Zurich, where he had been captain, by Sam Allardyce, Dzemaili joined a Bolton Wanderers in a state of flux with new manager Sammy Lee taking over in the summer just as Dzemaili arrived in the North West.

Just as he began to make his way in the English game, Dzemaili ruptured his knee ligaments and was immediately ruled out for six months. He would make his only appearance for the club as a substitute in the FA Cup against Sheffield United.

His then-Bolton manager Gary Megson saw fit to loan Dzemaili to Torino, and allowed the move to be made permanent soon after for a fee of £1.5m bringing his English nightmare to an end.

The frustration for Bolton fans is that we've seen him leave as a second or third choice midfielder, only to establish himself in one of Europe's top leagues as a midfielder of true class and grace. Something that we've missed in spades in the years since. I mean come on, we've got Neil Danns in our side. Shambles.

Upon leaving Torino, it took £9m to bring him to Napoli, and another £2.5m to then move to Turkish giants Galatasaray in 2014. A further move back to Italy with Genoa saw Dzemaili rack up another multi-million pound move as he returned to Serie A and continues to impress.

Still, at least we've got Darren Pratley eh?

I'm off to take myself to a dark room to cry for a bit.