These 13 forgotten but once brilliant players could be available to buy in July

first_img Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – Jurgen Klopp seems to have lost a lot of faith in Sturridge. His goalscoring record for Liverpool has been outstanding, but lengthy spells on the sidelines has seen his manager’s frustration reach boiling point. Even when injuries have hit his front line, the German coach has preferred Divock Origi. West Ham have been linked with a move and if he wants to get back in the England team, he may have to leave Anfield. 13 The transfer window almost always throws out some names we haven’t heard for a while or have barely spoken of.This summer is likely to be no different.So we decided to take a look at a selection of forgotten players in the Premier League, who might be made available in this summer’s market.Scroll through the gallery above to check out the 13 to feature. 13 13 13 Shane Long (Southampton) – Long’s career has been frustrating to follow. In his early days he looked as though he could make a move to one of the top Premier League clubs, but never really lived up to his potential. He isn’t a regular starter at Southampton, with 22 of his 32 league appearances coming from the bench last season. With Charlie Austin now over his shoulder injury, his playing time won’t improve. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, pictured on loan at Stoke City last season) – Stoke seemed a good fit for Bony, but he has continued to look a shadow of the player who made a name for himself at Swansea. His confidence and fitness has clearly taken a hit at Man City, but knowing his ability, there could be a queue of clubs willing to take the risk on his signing. What is certain is that he won’t be competing with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero for a place up top at the Etihad. 13 13 13 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) – There are few better examples than Wilshere at how easy it is for a player to suffer a quick fall from grace. His move to Bournemouth last summer was one of the biggest surprises of that transfer window and it didn’t go to plan. His influence wasn’t felt at Dean Court, with Eddie Howe eventually dropping him from his starting line-up before injury ended his season in April. It remains to be seen if Arsenal decide to sell him on. Loic Remy (Chelsea, picture on loan at Crystal Palace last season) – It’s hard to believe Remy is still a Chelsea player. He’ll be out of contract at Stamford Bridge next summer and the Blues will be keen to grab a few million quid for a player who sadly doesn’t have a future with the club. He joined Palace on loan last summer but injury didn’t seem him make an appearance until January. It’s been a sad fall from grace for a striker who was once full of confidence at QPR and Newcastle. Enner Valencia (West Ham United, pictured on loan at Everton last season) – Valencia wanted to leave West Ham permanently last summer, but settled on a loan move to Goodison Park. With Romelu Lukaku having the season of his life, the Ecuadorian found it difficult to get into the team, starting only five league games. He might feel his time in the Premier League is over. 13 13 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – Loftus-Cheek becoming a forgotten figure at Chelsea should be a major concern for the midfielder. The Stamford Bridge faithful, not so long ago, couldn’t stop talking about the 21-year-old, but now there’s doubt over his ability to perform in the first team. Jose Mourinho wasn’t convinced and Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to be either. It’ll be disappointing if he again decides to take a seat on the Blues bench. He should be an inviting loan prospect for clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League. 13 13 Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) – Injuries restricted Lamela to only nine league appearances last season, and there were reports suggesting he wouldn’t be seen again in a Tottenham shirt. The Argentine really struggled to live up to expectations in his first season at White Hart Lane, but had been given a new lease of life under Mauricio Pochettino, or so it seemed. Fitness concerns, namely a hip problem, mean he could be seen as a risk signing. His fate rests on any desire Daniel Levy has to cash in. 13 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) – Moreno is one of those players you can only watch with one eye open when defending. The Spaniard is brilliant going forward, but his poor defensive ability forced Jurgen Klopp to turn to James Milner last season. Moreno won’t want to endure another year of sitting on the sidelines. 13 Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) – Your memory isn’t fooling you, Spurs really did pay Newcastle £30m for Sissoko last summer. The 27-year-old had been talking up his Champions League ambitions, but he didn’t play much of a role in Tottenham’s season at all. He looked short of confidence and motivation, so may have already lost the trust of Mauricio Pochettino. The north London outfit will struggle to recoup the money paid for him less than a year ago, but getting him off their wage bill might be wise. Fabian Delph (Manchester City) – There’s every chance Delph, harsh as it may sound, is still a City player purely to maintain their homegrown quota. The 27-year-old hasn’t fallen completely out of favour with Pep Guardiola, but he isn’t a player he’ll be looking to build his midfield around. Provided he’s fit, he’ll likely get a good run out in cup competitions, but it might be time he decided to move on to a club he’s almost guaranteed action. Lucas Perez (Arsenal) – Why did Arsene Wenger bother signing Perez last summer? That’s what we all want to know, especially Gooners who believe it’s harsh he hasn’t been given much of a chance in the Premier League. At the end of May, the forward’s agent unsurprisingly revealed that his client wants to play for another club, expressing sympathy for Perez’s situation at Arsenal. Samir Nasri (Manchester City, pictured on loan at Sevilla last season) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at other forgotten Premier League players who might be made available this summer – Nasri has been in the news this week, with The Sun reporting that City are prepared to slash their £16m asking price to £12m for the Frenchman, as there’s been so little interest in his signature. He spent last season on loan at Sevilla where he was satisfactory, but certainly didn’t light up LaLiga. The Spanish side don’t seem keen on making his deal permanent and City manager Pep Guardiola doesn’t want him, either. last_img

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