Moussa Sissoko was another. He was not interested in playing Championship football and Newcastle United tried to force him to by putting a high price on his head and turning down all offers. he didn't feature in any of their four Championship games, not even being on the substitutes bench so that when he joined Spurs, he wasn't match fit as he confirmed to the Evening Standard.
"I can't tell you a date when I will be at my peak level, but my fitness is becoming better with every game, and I will work at the training ground to be 100% as soon as possible.
"I came here to help them [win silverware] so I hope we have a great season and finish top of the league. They played very well all last season.
"What qualities can I bring to this team? My power and my strength. I have a lot of energy. Everyone knows I like to run forward, so maybe this is something I can add."
I would think he might get more minutes as a substitute against Monaco and Sunderland and perhaps make his first start against Gillingham in the League Cup where we will have some youngsters playing.