Five notable omissions from the Premier League 25-man squads…

Date published: Tuesday 4th September 2018 10:11

Premier League clubs have confirmed their 25-man squads for the first half of the season – you can see them in all their glory here. These players missed the cut…

 

Andy King
Two seasons after lifting the Premier League title with Leicester, the Wales midfielder cannot get in their 25-man squad.

Not that the 29-year-old will be all that surprised. King knew his number was up in January when he was shipped off to Swansea on loan. “My time at Leicester had come to an end. I was not really involved and I am not one of those players who wants to train and not be involved on a Saturday.”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he will be doing for the next four months having failed to arrange another move away during the window. With two years remaining on his contract, something will have to give before 2020, which is hardly a fitting way for the club’s longest-serving current player, one who won all three top divisions with the Foxes, to bow out.

 

Younes Kaboul
The centre-back is Watford’s highest-profile omission after injury problems have seen him drop way down the pecking order at Vicarage Road.

Kaboul played only two games last season, with his last appearance coming almost exactly a year ago in a 2-0 win at Southampton. Since then, the 32-year-old suffered muscular and metatarsal injuries to keep him on the sidelines until this summer.

Javi Gracia said of Kaboul in the middle of August that “he’s fit but he’s not training with the team”. He was linked with a switch to Nantes but no move materialised, leaving the former France international to kick his heels for the rest of 2018.

 

Lazar Markovic
The Serbia winger remains at Anfield despite having not featured in the first-team since May 2015. For their £20million investment, Liverpool squeezed 19 Premier League appearances and a couple of goals out of the 24-year-old.

Markovic has had subsequent loans spells with Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull and Anderlecht. The Belgian side wanted to bring him back permanently and they agreed a £2.9million fee with Liverpool, but Markovic pulled out on deadline day last week, apparently preferring to put his feet up for a few months.

One of Brendan Rodgers’ signings, Markovic is a free agent at the end of the season, though he won’t have the options he expects unless he plays somewhere at some point this season.

 

Rolando Aarons
Newcastle surprisingly found room for Achraf Lazaar in their 25-man squad but no such generosity was afforded to Aarons given Rafael Benitez is flush for wingers, with Christian Atsu, Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy and Kenedy already in his ranks.

Benitez didn’t rate Aarons in the Championship so it is no wonder the manager isn’t letting the 23-year-old near his Premier League side. Benitez wanted Aarons to disappear on loan again having spent a miserable half-season at Hellas Verona last term but some interest in the winger failed to produce a move.

Aarons still has three-years left on his contract at St James’ Park, which looks increasingly like money for nothing.

 

Lee Tomlin
The Cardiff attacker wasn’t likely to feature in Neil Warnock’s thinking this season having been sent to Nottingham Forest on loan for the second half of last term. But nor did the 29-year-old expect to be stuck in the wilderness for a few months.

It was thought Forest would come back for Tomlin but they bought Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves from Benfica instead. Other Championship clubs began sniffing but nothing materialised and Tomlin will instead spend the next few months getting the odd run-out with the Under-23s.

At least Tomlin attracted some interest. It was all quiet around Anthony Pilkington, despite the winger scoring three goals in last season’s promotion charge from the bench.

 

Ian Watson

 


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