The January transfer window is always an opportunity for disgruntled and fringe players and players who are fed up of sitting on the bench to seek for a move away from their current clubs – either a temporary or a permanent transfer, some players just need to move for an opportunity to start afresh somewhere else.
Some transfer rumors with the potential to set the premier league on fire are beginning to leak out in the press. So here, I took a look at each of the 20 teams in the premier league to see which fringe or disgruntled players that needed a fresh start and a move away from their current clubs.
1. Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah
Since 19year old Eddie Nketiah announced himself to the world with a wonderful performance last year in a League Cup match against Norwich City where he came off the bench to score two late goals to win the game 2 – 1, he has only been able to make a few appearances sparingly this season coming off as late substitutes.
No doubt the 19-year-old English man needs more playing time in order to develop his talents. Perhaps a temporary move away from the Emirates stadium would do him some good.
2. Bournemouth – Jermain Defoe
Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has not featured much for Bournemouth’s first since last year team due to the impressive run of form of Callum Wilson and Joshua King. Jermain Defoe who scored 15goals for relegated side Sunderland before moving to Bournemouth has found first-team opportunities hard to come by as he is currently behind Callum Wilson and Joshua King in the pecking order.
If the 36-year old English man, Jermain Defoe still desires to play regular first-team football at the highest level, then he needs to move away to another club to get a fresh start to his career.
3. Brighton – Jurgen Locadia
The 25year old Dutch striker has hit out in frustration to his manager because of his lack of opportunities and playing time. Since he joined Brighton & Hove Albion in a £14m club record move about one year ago, Jurgen Locadia has only made just 4 league appearances. He has made his dissatisfaction known to his manager when he said: “I have to play weekly but I’ve never had the chance to show what I am worth. I haven’t had a clear explanation of why I don’t play and I don’t feel that my situation will change quickly. The coach keeps finding strikers who he thinks are better and I must respect that. But the whole storyline is wrong and that is what makes me angry.”
Jurgen Locadia looks intent at leaving Brighton in January.
4. Burnley – Tom Heaton
Tom Heaton will likely become third-choice goalkeeper at Burnley when first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope who is currently sidelined due to a shoulder injury returns to action. Tom Heaton is currently behind Joe Hart as the choice goalkeeper for Burnley.
Tom Heaton might need to drop t the Championship if he needs to get regular first-team football and playing time.
5. Cardiff City – Gary Madine
Imagine a striker who is being kept out of the team by a defender-turned-striker. Such is the case of 28year old English striker Gary Madine at Cardiff City. Gary Madine has not lived up to the expectation at Cardiff city after he was bought from Bolton for a £6m fee in the 2018 January transfer window. Gary Madine has not scored a single goal for Cardiff city since he arrived at the club in January.
Perhaps he could regain his goal-scoring form for his former club Bolton who is currently struggling to score goals and fighting relegation in the Championship should he decide to move away from Cardiff.
6. Chelsea – Gary Cahill
In his six-year stay at Chelsea, Gary Cahill has won every major trophy there is to be won at club level and was an integral part of the Chelsea squad in the two seasons Chelsea won the league under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has lost faith in the 32year old England international defender and has used him only a few times this season. Although Gary Cahill’s contract expires in 2019, he is not short of suitors as Aston Villa and AC Milan have shown interest in snapping the defender and are currently monitoring his situation at Chelsea.
7. Crystal Palace – Joel Ward
Joel Ward’s Crystal Palace future is in doubt as he has been relegated to the bench with only a few appearances after the sudden emergence of 20-year old Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back for Crystal Palace.
Perhaps this is the time to move to another club after being a regular and integral part of Crystal Palace team since they gained promotion to the Premier League in 2013.
8. Everton – Ademola Lookman
Everton winger Ademola Lookman has not started a single game this season under manager Marco Silva. Despite enjoying an impressive form while on loan to Bundesliga club RP Leipzig earlier this year, the 21-year old Lookman has had to settle for a substitute role at Everton.
A move away from Everton – either permanent or temporary – would do no harm to the development of the England Under-21 forward’s talent and career.
9. Fulham – Marcus Bettelini
Former Fulham’s first choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettelini lost his position as the first-team goalkeeper to 26-year old Sergio Rico. Bettelini who recently returned from injury lost the position as Fulham starts leaking too many goals.
Bettelini who was called up to the England national team this month cannot afford to sit o the bench at Fulham because a lack of playing time could mean that he will lose his chance to be called up for England national duty in the future.
10. Huddersfield – Tommy Smith
Although Tommy Smith captained Huddersfield as they gained promotion to the Premier League but it appears that he is now a fringe player at Huddersfield as he has lost his position at right-back to Swiss defender Florent Hadergjonaj who has been the preferred choice at right-back for manager David Wagner since last season.
11. Leicester City – Christian Fuchs
Christian Fuchs sure has many fans who adore him due to his role and contributions in the unforgettable 2015/2016 season where Leicester city won the league. But the emergence and impressive run of form and a strong start to the season by Ben Chilwell at left-back have meant that Christian Fuchs has only been limited to just 2 appearances this season in the EFL Cup.
Although Christian Fuchs had already decided that this is going to be his last season at Leicester city, a January move would do him so much good.
12. Liverpool – Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne was a regular at right-back for Liverpool and an England international before he was sidelined for 9-months due to a serious back injury since July 2017.
During his time on the sidelines, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have both stepped up and rose to the challenge and have imposed themselves as capable to get the job done at right-back.
Now, 27-year old Clyne would have to be playing regular first-team football for him to be recalled to the England national team duty.
13. Manchester City – Alexander Zinchenko
Alexander Zinchenko had a chance to join newly promoted premier league side Wolves in the summer, but he decided to stay at the Etihad arena to fight for a first-team spot at Manchester City.
The 21-year old Ukrainian full-back has only appeared 4 times for Manchester City this season. So if Zinchenko wants to enjoy more playing time, then he’ll have to move to another club to get it.
14. Manchester United- Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez’s time at Manchester United has been nothing but disappointing. Sanchez has only scored 4 goals for United since he was acquired in January despite the huge £500,000 that is splashed on him as wages every week.
In fact, Mourinho has been forced to leave Sanchez out of the Manchester United squad lately because of his terrible form. It is evident that it just hasn’t and may not work out for the Chilean attacker at Manchester United. Maybe Sanchez needs a fresh start somewhere else as it is reported that Paris Saint Germain is interested in signing him.
15. Newcastle United – Jacob Murphy
Jacob Murphy could go out on loan in January as he has only scored 1-goal in 31 appearances for Newcastle despite the fanfare that was associated with his signing form Norwich last year. Newcastle had to fight off other big clubs and pay a 13m fee for his signing, but since then the 23-year old English attacking midfielder has not impressed for Newcastle.
16. Southampton – Manolo Gabbiadini
When Gabbiadini scored 4 goals in his first 6 appearances for Southampton, it looked as though they have found a replacement for Graziano Pelle. Unfortunately, Gabbiadini did not capitalize on his strong start to life at Southampton and has only scored 3 goals this year and so lost his place in the Southampton team as manager Mark Hughes favors pairing Danny Ings with Charlie Austin as strikers.
It seems like a move back to his home country, Italy might be a win-win situation for all parties involved.
17. Tottenham – Fernando Llorente
It is an almost impossible task to compete with Harry Kane for a starting place up front in the Tottenham squad, so a move away from White Hart lane might help reignite Fernando Llorente’s dying career even though a fantastic run of form for Swansea City side had facilitated his £12m move to Tottenham in 2017.
18. Watford – Heurelho Gomez
Ben Foster’s impressive performance in goal for Watford this season has meant that Heurelho Gomez would be content with a place in the substitute bench. It is highly unlikely that Gomez will dislodge Ben Foster as the first choice goalkeeper for Watford any time soon and with his contract expiring in the next summer, one thing is certain: Heurelho Gomez days at Watford are numbered. So the January transfer window might be a great time for him to change club.
19. West Ham United – Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez was once dubbed the “best player West Ham had ever signed” in 2017 by the co-chairman but since then Javier Hernandez has performed very poorly for West Ham.
Javier Hernandez does not even have a regular first-team position despite being the highest paid player in the West Ham team.
Javier Hernandez needs to move to another club perhaps he might regain that fiery form that he once enjoyed.
20. Wolves – Leo Bonatini
Leo Bonatini’s impressive 12 goals for Wolves in the championship last season help Wolves to gain promotion to the premier league but since the arrival of Raul Jimenez, Leo Bonatini’s game time has been drastically reduced.
Perhaps a move to another club might do Leo Bonatini some good as he has not started any game for Wolves this season and is second in the pecking order behind Raul Jimenez.