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The last decade gave us some of the greatest names football will ever see. The new decade promises to provide us with another group of stars that will take over once the current crop takes their bow. Each year, a selection of footballers come onto the scene from the Non League and grab our attention. Here’s a look into the future and past, revealing a few names that are sure to dominate chatter in the footballing community and the Infogol tips.

  • Dan Sweeney

Sweeney is a 6ft 3in natural midfielder but during his 2017/18 season at Barnet, he was put in the position of centre-back which transformed his career as he is now a vital part of Barnets side. His tall stature gives him an advantage over competition in the league, making him one of the best in his class. A few months after becoming centre-back, Sweeney was appointed captain and then went on to win the player of the season award back to back across the 2017/18 and 2018/19 season. He has also had multiple appearances across several FA Trophy games.

  • Kabongo Tshimanga

Tshimanga is a 22 year old 5ft 11in striker who is always a threat to the other teams defense efforts because of his ability to run at people with his quick and powerful speed. His career started out at Milton Keynes Dons where he made his first appearance outside of the youth team at the age of 18. Tshimanga now plays for Boreham Wood in the National League where he is turning heads. Because he is still so young, he has plenty of time to impress and work his way back up to a professional level.

  • Robbie Savage

Savage was and arguably still is a popular name in football. He started his career as a trainee striker at Manchester Utd before signing for Crewe Alexandra three years later in 1994. Savage was known to collect yellows cards due to his play style as a midfielder being very energetic and full of action.

Since he retired in 2008, he has occasionally been a pundit and tried alternative methods to broadcast himself such as taking part in Strictly Come Dancing. However in 2019, the 45 year-old came out of retirement to sign for Non-League side, Stockport Town, where he made 1 appearance as an 80th minute substitute. They won the game 3-2 against FC Oswestry Town.

  • Jamie Cureton

 Cureton is a former English professional footballer and at the age of 44, he is still very much in the game. He started his career out at Norwich City where he made 29 appearances but at the end of that season they were relegated, subsequently making Cureton play out most of his career in England’s lower leagues. Throughout his career, he has spanned eight tiers of the football pyramid from the Premier League to the Isthmian League and that has seen him score over 350 goals. Cureton is now one of 29 footballers who have made over 1,000 competitive appearances and currently plays for Hornchurch in the Isthmian Premier League whilst acting as an academy coach at Arsenal.

Sources

https://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/10-players-you-probably-didnt-know-were-playing-non-league-football/ – Planet Football

https://www.devonlive.com/sport/seven-superb-non-league-strikers-2716172 – Devon Live

https://www.footballwhispers.com/blog/non-league-talents-premier-league – Football Whispers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Savage – Wikipedia

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