Ten Premier League Players In Need of a Transfer
There are bound to be a number of transfer deals made over the coming weeks. Some have already been confirmed, some rumours have made headlines, and there are likely many that the public are presently unaware of. There are sure to be many players hoping for a change of team. Here is a look at some English players who should really be doing their best to ensure that next season they are playing elsewhere.
Fabian Delph had a starting position in England’s Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands and while he was kept busy, there were elements of his performance that showed why Pep Guardiola didn’t start him in the Premier League after the Boxing Day match against Leicester City when he was sent off. Delph started in three of City’s four defeats last season and following the match against Leicester, he only appeared for 10 more minutes in the Premier League and twice made the bench in the second half of the season.
Delph will be turning 30 later this year and his prospects are unlikely to improve at City. City are likely to be eager to sell him before his contact ends next summer and there have been reports that they are looking for around £15 million for him. He is likely to be a good addition to any team outside of the Big Six. He still has plenty to offer on the pitch, but is perhaps not quite at the level demanded by City anymore.
Last summer Kieran Trippier was one of the England team’s stars and was being linked with teams such as Real Madrid. Less than one year on and Gareth Southgate has dropped him from the England squad entirely for the Nations League. Things are looking similarly depressing for him at club level. There is plenty of room for improvement at Spurs this summer and the right-back area is perhaps due the biggest upgrade. The only player to misplace more passes last season was Christian Eriksen while defensively, Pochettino has said that Trippier must improve. Given that he will soon be 29, there seems little chance of that happening.
Trippier would probably rather stay in the Premier League, but with interest from teams such as Napoli and Atletico Madrid, it may well be time for him to begin looking elsewhere.
No one could have predicted the way Joe Hart’s career fell apart after Pep Guardiola removed him from Manchester City. While it is understandable why Guardiola wanted to replace him, it is not so clear why David Moyes at West Ham and Sean Dyche at Burnley also wanted to replace the goalkeeper.
Hart seemed to be performing well for Burnley after being signed last summer. While Burnley were in the bottom three by the season’s halfway point having lost 13 of 19 games and conceded three or more goals in eight of those loses, it wasn’t necessarily Hart’s fault. However, it is unlikely to be a complete coincidence that after Tom Heaton returned the team went eight games without defeat during a run in which the club captain conceded 0.875 goals per game. During Hart’s 19 matches the team conceded an average of 2.15 goals per game.
Making things worse for Hart, Nick Pope is now fit again and has just signed a new contract. Therefore, it is hard to see what Hart should do next. He would probably prefer to move abroad again rather than drop into the Championship, but it seems likely that his time in the Premier League has ended.
Isaac Hayden seems keen for a move this summer even if Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez would likely like to keep Hayden where he is. He became an important part of the team after Christmas and made a huge contribution to their improvement.
However, Hayden has made it clear that for personal reasons he wants to move. Speaking before the team’s final home game of the season he said, “It’s not what is best for me or my family to be playing here next season and to be doing the travelling I have done this season.” There have been rumours of a return to Arsenal as well as interest from Norwich and Brighton. Whatever happens, Newcastle should make a good return on the £2.6 million that they paid Arsenal for him three years ago, he is now expected to fetch roughly £15-20 million.
Jack Butland, the England goalkeeper, stayed with Stoke following their relegation. While loyalty will have been a part of this, it is likely also due to the fact that there were few offers for him. However, he made the most of the situation and won Stoke’s Player of the Season award after a difficult campaign in the Championship. However, he needs to return to the top flight in order to keep his place on the national team.
A year ago, he was competing with Jordan Pickford for the stop, now he is competing for the lead stand-in role with Tom Heaton. The competition is only going to get harder with Nick Pope fit again and England’s Under-21 goalkeepers looking for some senior involvement. If Butland wants to stay as the national keeper, he desperately needs to return to the Premier League. However, there are no guarantees that any team will pay what Stoke wants for the 27 year old who still has a couple of years left on his contract.
Speaking recently Rose said, “If I’m back at Tottenham next season, great, if I’m not – great. I don’t know what the future holds now but I’m looking forward to a break.” It certainly looks as if the left-back needs a break. He has admitted to being ‘drained’ by the experience of being around the England squad and the upbeatness of the Liverpool players on it following their Champions League final.
A permanent move may be the best way forward for Rose. He seems to be linked with moves away almost every summer but last season he did play more than in prior seasons. However, this may not last, he is getting older and Sessegnon seems to be on his way to Spurs while Lucas Digne has also been linked with the team. However, the fact that Pochettino urgently needs a right back may be an obstacle to a move this summer.
It seems that Sessegnon may be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur and Pochettino is likely to be excellent for the 19 year old’s development. However, whether the deal happens or not, it is important that Sessegnon stays in the Premier League and does not join Fulham back in the Championship.
Sessegnon has already dominated in the Championship. When he was 17 he won an incredible five awards including Championship Player of the Season at the EFL Awards. He was also the first player from the second tier to be nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Season. While he did not have the best first season in the Premier League, he is still a highly impressive individual. He is reported to be extremely keen to work with Pochettino; however, Spurs are offering £25 million and Fulham want £45 million. Nonetheless, there is plenty of time for them to find a compromise.
There have been reports that Manchester United are interested in Eric Dier and if the reports are true then Dier should be doing everything he can to make the move happen. His prospects at Spurs don’t look great after a mixture of injuries and poor form hampered his last season. There was one occasion when Pochettino could choose from a fully fit team, the Champions League final, and Dier found himself on the bench while Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko started in midfield.
Pochettino is known to be eager to strengthen his midfield options this summer. If Spurs sign Burno Fernandes or Tanguy Ndombele then Dier should really do his best to move in order to keep his career on track.
Harry Maguire, arguably England’s best centre-back should really be playing for one of the Big Six clubs. However, he is in a difficult situation and he may not have much control over his own future. This is because Leicester City have no reason to sell him, especially if they do not receive a huge offer. Maguire signed a five-year deal with the team last year and he is likely to be central to Leicester’s plans.
Maguire may find himself in a position where he has to force a move. Both Manchester United and Manchester City need a new centre-back and there have been reports that City are targeting Maguire. If that is the case, then Maguire may have to step in and work to make the move happen.
Without Callum Wilson, Bournemouth’s season would have been very different so it is not really surprising that they asked for £75 million for him in January. However, if Wilson does want to move then he should do so soon. He will be 28 next summer and needs to prove himself in a different environment. There is plenty of interest in Wilson, but it remains to be seen if any teams will fork out the cash for him.