The Most Unwanted – Premier League

Written by David Robinson

The transfer window is in full flow now with under a couple of weeks until the Premier League season starts. Each club is trying to get the right numbers in while trying to improve their squads in the best possible way with their resources at their disposal. We usually see clubs play safe and wait until the end of the window to get rid of their perceived deadwood. I identify some of the best players in the league who are not exactly wanted at their club and look at potential suitors.

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Christian Benteke – Liverpool

It’s been a tough time for the former Aston Villa striker in the last season, with Jurgen Klopp making it clear that Benteke is not a favoured player although the Belgium forward has done little to convince him otherwise since his arrival at Anfield. It does appear that the Target Man just isn’t suited to life at Merseyside, certainly not for the £30 + plus million paid for his services however his time with the Reds hopefully won’t pass judgement that he is a bad player. A move away would really benefit Benteke with the 25 year old a handful for defences given he would make the right switch. He has had firm interest from Crystal Palace which I think would be a great move for both club and player. They share similar traits to Aston Villa where Benteke flourished and the Eagles have been needing a striker that fits but also is of top quality so I think the Liverpool man would be the ideal candidate even if he costs a similar fee to what Liverpool paid for him. The Reds themselves will be wanting to re-coup some transfer income having gone big in the market so far. They should look to cash in for a high price while they still can otherwise they risk a decline in value to a player who is unlikely to feature an awful lot this season.

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Wilfried Bony – Manchester City

From my own judgement, I would suspect Bony will not play a key role in Pep Guardioula’s time in charge. This would certainly seem the case after a pretty dreadful season last time round. The Citizens have plenty of attacking talent and teenager Iheanacho was ahead of the Ivory Coast international in the pecking order last campaign and rightfully so. Following an expensive fee paid, Bony should have clubs after him when remembering his time at the Liberty Stadium where he was a formidable force. I think it’s another case of a bad move to a club fighting for titles. A transfer away from the Etihad Stadium could re-ignite his career. The problem will be finding the right suitors. Man City are reportedly trying to use Bony as bait to get John Stones which would indicate he is not wanted. A move to Everton would be a strange one with Lukaku already at the club while I believe a move back to the Liberty Stadium would be ideal although a large asking price could be the barrier for that move. Elsewhere West Ham are clearly on the hunt for a very good striker, a move to the Olympic Stadium would be a surprising one but I think that could be a great deal for the Hammers and Bony himself. If not I can’t see the 27 year old moving which would impact his career for the worse.

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Mario Balotelli – Liverpool

The Italian finds himself back at Anfield after a loan move away and you cannot see him being at the club for much longer. The problem is who would be willing to take the gamble on him? The 25 year old showed he had undoubted talent at Manchester City but he was too often a liability. Since his switch from the Etihad he has become even more less worth the risk following a decrease in performance. One goal for AC Milan last season would suggest clubs won’t be fighting over Balotelli’s signature. He is without doubt a risk however you would surely expect the Reds to look to offload him in whatever way possible meaning he could be purchased for a really cheap price. With Besisktas reportedly showing some degree of interest, this is the type of move you would expect now for the striker. A Premier League club coming in for the Italian would be surprising but with Balotelli you would hate to rule anything out.

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Saido Berahino – West Brom

The subject of speculation for months, Berahino had made it clear that life would be better away from the Hawthorns however the Baggies seem determined to not let him go on the cheap. The fact the club are turning down £20 million bids indicates this. It seemed that Tony Pulis was stubborn enough to not want to include the English forward fully in his plans last season with Berahino having to settle for the bench on quite a few occasions. A move that outsiders would deem bizarre due to in my opinion him being one if not the best player at the club. I think Berahino is a talent but his situation in the Midlands has not helped his cause although the likes of Stoke and Crystal Palace remain very keen on his services. It looks clear that Berahino will require a large offer to get a bid accepted however it surely will be a case of negotiating the best deal for the player. With Diafra Sakho seemingly on his way that could be the catalyst for a move. He would be an excellent signing for both Stoke City and Crystal Palace in my opinion with both clubs in need of a striker to take them further forwards.


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Loic Remy – Chelsea

A waste of the Frenchman’s talents since he arrived at Stamford Bridge. The 29 year old has not only had to settle for second best but often has had to play third fiddle up front for the Blues. With his career starting to get on he needs to find a way out of the club and despite being on very large wages Remy will surely have interest. The signing of Batshuayi will surely signal this, that Remy is going to be back of the line again with Diego Costa also ahead of the Frenchman. A few clubs are in the hunt for a striker and you would surely expect to see a bid of under £15 million accepted so this would certainly not be the worst deal for a Premier League rival to make.


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Victor Moses – Chelsea

Another player at Chelsea who needs to get out of Stamford Bridge. Victor Moses has been surplus to requirements having been sent out on loan for the last 3 consecutive seasons. You would suspect that could be the case once again when inevitably Conte doesn’t fancy the winger. The 25 year old has shown his worth on occasions during those spells but he tends to suffer from inconsistent spells and a move down the league would really but much better suited where he is likely to get more game time. Moves to either Sunderland or Hull would be the best match in my opinion. Not a bad player but it’s time to get out of the club for the Nigerian born wide man.


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Samir Nasri – Manchester City

A bit of a forgotten man, the Frenchman has apparently reported back to Pre-Season overweight and made a negative impression on Pep Guardioula. Not the ideal start under a new manager when also considering the former Arsenal man barely featured last term. With the likes of Nolito and the imminent arrival of Sane joining a few other attacking options at the club it would appear that Samir Nasri may be surplus to requirements before too long. With this in mind he could prove to be a superb signing elsewhere in the league however his very high wages of well over £100,000 a week could put off any suitors. Everton would be the most suited club for the 29 year old in my opinion with the Toffees needing an attacking wide man to add to their squad. I can’t see any form of move on the cards though however meaning Nasri could rot away on the sidelines although he may still emerge in City’s plans.

Would you take any of these players? Can you see them having a future at their respective clubs?

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