On our weekly football podcast, we tend to discuss the most layered and intriguing nuggets of transfer news whenever the window is open.
Anyway, with the sheer volume of transfers getting done, we tend to stick to stories that are more than likely going to happen.
It can be hard to keep up with all the wheeling and dealing that takes place during a transfer window.
All eyes are on the likes of Mesut Ozil and Dele Alli making possible high profile moves out of the Premier League. Along with the ever-newsworthy Diego Costa who seems to have a return to England in his near future.
While these big moves involving Ozil and Alli are needed when it comes to the careers of both men. Plenty of other Premier League stars find themselves out of favour at their current clubs.
Some of these players we are going to talk about today are quietly tipped for a move, others are seemingly being left to rot in the stands until a viable suitor comes sniffing.
So, while we could make a short novel on players that need a move during the January transfer window, let’s keep things readable and condense it down to five of the more notable names.
Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
This is a sad end to the Premier League career of Romero I must admit.
Since arriving to Manchester in 2015, Romero has been nothing but consistent, reliable, and positive for his side. This is despite always acting as back up for Manchester United’s number one, David De Gea.
You never heard stories of him complaining about his lack of game time. Romero seems to have a genuine desire to be at the club, unlike some of his colleagues during the past number of years. Many have even hailed him as the best number two in the league during his tenure at the club.
However, the emergence of his younger counterpart Dean Henderson has left the Argentina international out of the squad completely.
Romero last played for his club in last seasons Europa League quarter final tie against Copenhagen in Old Trafford.
Since then, the 33-year-old hasn’t got a look in and doesn’t even make the bench anymore for United.
His attitude and skill set make him a real asset to anyone that comes in for the goalkeeper.
While the addition of Romero could improve other Premier League clubs, a move stateside to the MLS seems to be on the cards.
Manchester United legend David Beckham seems keen on brining him to his club Inter Miami. Well deserved from a man that quite frankly should be finishing up his career as a regular starter.
Divock Origi (Liverpool)
Origi has built up a lot of good will amongst the Liverpool faithful.
The Belgian scored a brace against Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semi final to send his side to that year’s final in Madrid. He was the hero again in that game, scoring late in the day to ensure the famous trophy returned to Merseyside.
Unfortunately for Origi, his time seems to be up at Liverpool.
The 25-year-old will always have cult hero status at Anfield due to his escapades at home and aboard.
He has a Premier League and Champions League winners medal to his name, but improved personnel at the club have limited his game time.
While Origi was mainly used as an impact sub, he has only made four appearances off the bench this season. With him only playing for 27 minutes overall.
The additions of Diogo Jota and Minamino Takumi have pushed Origi down the pecking order.
A possible move back to the Bundesliga on a permanent basis this time may be the best bet for a player that still has plenty to offer.
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Talk about falling out of favour at your club.
Things have got so bad it’s believed the Englishman’s contract could be terminated during this very transfer window.
Danny Rose has been with Spurs since 2007, with five loan spells spread out during that period.
His last loan move came last season, when he went up North to play for Newcastle United.
Even during his time at Newcastle, Rose only made 11 league appearances and really failed to impress.
The 30-year-old hasn’t played a competitive game since July 2020, when Newcastle lost at home to Liverpool.
He hasn’t even been allocated a squad number for Tottenham’s Premier League and Europa League squads. This made him ineligible to play for his club throughout the entire first half of their campaign.
His relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is dead and he needs to find another home ASAP.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
Talk about a complete and utter flop of the highest order.
Kepa came into Chelsea for a staggering €80 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
He came with a major price tag and a reputation as one of the best young goalkeepers in football.
In fairness, Kepa started to repay his new club with a consistent run of great performances during his first season.
However, the wheels quickly came off for the Spanish international.
Questions over his shot stopping ability quickly came to the surface. A string of mistake riddled games took him out of the side. The break didn’t help, the awful performances just kept on coming and Kepa swiftly became a laughingstock in England.
Chelsea have now replaced him with Edouard Mendy, making him one very pricy understudy.
While this move may not happen in this window, it’s time for Chelsea to cut their losses and get rid of the headache that is Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea)
Sticking with ‘The Blues’ and the one player in their ranks that needs a move away even more than Kepa.
Danny Drinkwater joined Chelsea in 2017 after winning the Premier League with Leicester the season before.
During his title winning run, Drinkwater had the season of his life and made himself hot property in the middle of the park.
Safe to say his career in London never got going. He has been unlucky with injuries, but the midfielder wasn’t in the plans of managers like Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.
Two disastrous loan moves with Burnley and Aston Villa in 2019 and 2020 couldn’t kick start his career in England.
Drinkwater was even kicked out of Aston Villa’s training ground after an altercation with a fellow teammate in March last year.
His bad temper hasn’t subsided, he last made the headlines for squaring up to a Tottenham youth player during a under 23’s game back in December.
The 30-year-old almost came to blows with Tottenham’s 16-year-old Alfie Devine, some fall from grace.
Drinkwater is currently linked with a move to Turkish side Kasimpasa in Istanbul.
He hasn’t played a competitive game for Chelsea since March 2018, anywhere will do now for Drinkwater, even a side that sits in the lower half of Super Lig.
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So, that’s our list.
There is bound to be more players that desperately need a move during this transfer window.
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