Plenty of rumours & speculation encapsulate fans during the summer transfer window but some players need to get involved and make things happen themselves.
Current stars of this season Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah both got out of sticky situations at a Chelsea in order to progress in their respective careers; but who else (with possibly different reasons) needs to get a move?
Let’s take a look.
10. Jonny Evans – West Bromwich Albion
Since leaving Manchester for pastures new, the solid and now experienced Northern Irishman has become the strongest asset of a now worryingly in trouble Baggies outfit who look to be all-but relegated. He is undoubtedly good enough for the Premier League and even with this blip, may make a decent signing for team aiming to finish in the top half. The club and country leadership qualities he possesses is also a plus on his CV.
9. Davy Klaassen – Everton
Yet another Eredivisie star to come to England with high expectations and flop, the goal-scoring midfield man has never got on with Big Sam after the man who brought him to Merseyside, Ronald Koeman, was relieved of his duties. With decent years left in the tank, the Ajax academy graduate could still make his name elsewhere. He may even return to the Netherlands if he aims to get back into his national team’s starting line-up.
8. Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City
Things just haven’t worked out for the young Nigerian this campaign with a lack of starts and the industrious, two-striker system of his team not suiting his fluent style. He looked to be a sensation in Pep Guardiola’s side last season but even with a buy-back clause in his current contract, the skilful striker probably won’t be back there anytime soon. Plenty of clubs would be in contention to sign the still 21 year-old but his next move is crucial.
7. Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke City
There’s no doubt the powerful Swiss man took a while to begin fully firing in the Premier League but now his team’s fate rests heavily on him. Almost derogatory comments in reference to his teammates haven’t helped either. With age catching up with him and quality to take out most defensive units, it’s time to move to a higher level whether his club beats the drop or not.
6. Alberto Moreno – Liverpool
Arguably one of most disappointing signings the Redmen have made in recent seasons, the flying full back has failed to ever live up to the promise shown in 2014 with Sevilla. The style of British football (even with Jürgen Klopp’s gegenpress) has evaded the Spaniard thus far and things don’t look as if they’ll ever improve. Abroad or his homeland seems the sensible option for him at this time.
5. Morgan Schneiderlin – Everton
Receiving constant criticism from other teams’ fans is one thing, but persistently getting stick week-in, week-out at your own ground is different as his starting opportunities have dwindled. The Frenchmen has failed to ignite his current team like he did at Southampton over 3 years ago now from deep. He still has time to impress at a similar level but he easily could become a key man at a club in need of rejuvenation.
4. Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool
Prior to the last World Cup, you would never have believed anyone if they told you the inside forward would be loaned out to the aforementioned club at the bottom of league because he couldn’t break into his Champions League playing side by the time of the next one. Quality has always been at his feet but injuries have hampered his hopes of becoming one of the great strikers of his generation. Time is not on his side and with no likely place in England’s squad for the tournament, this man has to get out a sticky situation.
3. Pascal Groß – Brighton & Hove Albion
One of the steals of last summer from Ingolstadt, the advanced German play-maker has been key in his side’s decent success this season behind the in-form Glenn Murray up front. Some might say the 26 year-old should stay put in a developing team with 5 goals and 8 assists but there’s always the danger that clubs such as the Seagulls could suffer second- season syndrome. Clubs will be lurking all round the world for a man who creates chances for his bread and butter, so at his age, the chances simply cannot be squandered if he wants to break his national ranks.
2. Luke Shaw – Manchester United
Another full back to not live up to expectations since moving to one of the biggest club’s in the world, it’s time for the Englishman to get out of hostile circumstances. His manager has publicly criticised him on a number of occasions and apparently privately has “bullied” the young man so surely with his contract expiring this June he’ll walk away. Time will tell where but an abundance of managers would be prepared to give him a chance in their team at a high level.
1. Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
Loyalty is indeed rare in modern football and the former PFA player of the year showed it for years since unbelievably winning the title with his side in 2016. However, when things got too much for the Algerian towards the end of the January window, he snapped and decided to go on strike (but has since returned to fine form) which shows all is not well. With his immense class on the ball from the right, there’s no doubt that he really could fulfil his potential in a top class side.
Do you agree or disagree with these picks? Let us know.