The reasoning it was removed was the views weren't good enough due to people just posting loads of screenshots and one line about a player, therefore it was popular content to post but not to read. Plus the search system led it to be really not very useful as it was just a list of players and names mean nothing if you're looking for a player. Plus with the idea of changing to a tagging system we thought it would lead to high volumes of what would be lesser viewed content (replaced with a recommendation thread that indexed by position - this flopped) and would lead the content people spend more time on and the users enjoy more (with their views) be harder to find and therefore make the site a nightmare to navigate and turn off a lot of potential members.
We also looked for several years to implement a database directly on the site similar to FUTHead and SoFifa where users could filter better and then comment their opinions like an iScout with other features too like public and private shortlists - making lists easier to produce. However this proved to be tricky to implement with consistency and therefore never happened unfortunately.