Premier League players not even on the bench…

Date published: Tuesday 29th August 2017 3:00

Which players have failed to make the matchday squads for their Premier League clubs this season, despite being fit and (just about) able? They need moves, basically…


Lucas Perez – Striker wants to leave, Arsenal want him to go. So why hasn’t he left yet?
Matt Macey – Third-choice keeper.
Mathieu Debuchy – Nice pulled out of a deal for the French full-back due to his high wages. Most interested clubs will be similarly put off. He’s staying.
Kieran Gibbs – Move to Watford still being talked up, but Gibbs has to agree personal terms.
Chuba Akpom – Leeds and Celtic mentioned for loans; neither have firmed up interest.
Calum Chambers – Gone very quiet since Arsenal rejected a £16million offer from Palace last month.


Marc Wilson – Defender has been told he is free to leave, with West Brom and Hull both linked, but he’s still there.
Connor Mahoney – Young winger arrived from Blackburn this summer, but still no place.
Aaron Ramsdale – Young goalkeeper some way off the first team.


Ales Mateju – Czech U21 right-back arrived earlier this month from Viktoria Plzen. Probably will be loaned.
Henrik Bjordal – Striker, 20, is expected to be loaned out.
Soufyan Ahannach – Dutch winger, 21, signed late last week.
Richie Towell – Not given a squad number but still there. Just throw the Towell in.
Connor Goldson – Resuming his career after a heart operation in February. Likely to stay put.


Adam Legzdins – Joined in August from Birmingham to rival Nick Pope. Hasn’t done that yet.
Tom Anderson – Academy graduate, 23, played 35 games on loan at Chesterfield last season. Surely available for a loan?
Fredrik Ulvestad – Midfielder, 25, spent last season on loan in League One with Charlton. Might as well go again.
Dan Agyei – The 20-year-old striker played 22 league minutes last season, but none so far in this campaign.


Wallace Oliveira – Likely to head out on loan again, despite struggling for game time at Gremio.
Matej Delac – He stays. His testimonial might be his first Chelsea game.
Cristian Cuevas – Chile defender, 22, replaced Kenedy on the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East. That’s his action for the season done.
Eduardo – Third-choice goalkeeper that most Chelsea fans would struggle to pick out in a line-up.
Diego Costa – What do you think he is doing today?
Loic Remy – Available for transfer, with Newcastle the latest to be mentioned.


Kleton Perntreou – Albanian-Greek goalkeeper is set to leave on loan. Eventually.
Damien Delaney – He’s 36. Does he even want any football?
Hiram Boateng – Can’t quite work out why he hasn’t been loaned out yet.
Jordon Mutch – Will be sold before the end of Thursday. Will be Palace fans’ happiest moment of the season so far.


Joel Robles – Out of the picture after Jordan Pickford’s arrival. His work consists of warming up the other goalkeepers on matchday.
Oumar Niasse – Everton apparently want £8m. Surely just accept £5m?
Luke Garbutt – A career on the wane, despite high expectations.


Ryan Schofield – Fourth choice keeper. Two behind Rob Green in a queue.
Dean Whitehead – The 35-year-old signed a new one-year deal in the summer. Played in the League Cup (badly), but nothing else.
Abdelhamid Sabiri – Only signed t’other day.
Florent Hadergjonaj – Same.


George Thomas – New signing has played three PL2 games but not yet seen in a Premier League matchday squad.
Eldin Jakupovic – New arrival from Hull has been left off the bench in favour of Ben Hamer, which is weird.
Yohan Benalouane – Was branded “reckless” in pre-season by Craig Shakespeare. Might as well leave.
Ahmed Musa – An absolutely dreadful signing.
Nampalys Mendy – Loan to Atalanta has fallen through. It hasn’t gone well.


Ben Woodburn – “We want to have him in and around our team,” said Jurgen Klopp during the summer, so a loan move looks unlikely.
Lazar Markovic – Still there. No longer worth £20m.
Cameron Brannagan – Expected to leave on a permanent deal after contract dispute, but still there.
Mamadou Sakho – West Brom now the most likely to sign him, if Jonny Evans leaves.
Ryan Kent – Linked with loan moves to Leeds and Hull. Neither has happened.
Allan – Loaned to Hertha Berlin last season. Likely to do something similar this year.
Jordan Williams – Has been on the bench for the Wales senior team despite last getting on the bench in the league in March 2015. Now 21.
Ovie Ejaria – Went to the Under-20 World Cup, but nowhere near the first team.
Danny Ings – Still working his way back to full match fitness, but no longer injured.


Oleksandr Zinchenko – Ukraine international is set to join Napoli this week.
Wilfried Bony – Nowhere near the City reckoning, could return to Swansea for £13million.
Jason Denayer – Latest claim is that he will be part of an offer for Alexis Sanchez.
Tosin Adarabioyo – Centre-back signed a new deal and could feature this term with City short in that area.
Brahim Diaz – Impressed in pre-season, but August means a return to the U23 game.


Joel Pereira – Third-choice keeper. Must be patient.
Michael Carrick – Remember him?
Ashley Young – Giving him a new contract worth £120,000 a week was a swell idea.
James Wilson – Striker, 23, was left out of the first-team’s USA tour, preparing for the season with the Under-23s instead.
Andreas Pereira – Apparently off to Valencia. Shame.


Tim Krul – Set to leave after spending all last season out on loan, but not left yet.
Jack Colback – Trained away from the first team after reportedly falling out with Benitez. The Championship is calling.
Grant Hanley – Newcastle are open to offers. They paid silly money last year.
Achraf Lazaar – Has been told he can leave.
Massadio Haidara – Happy to let the final year of his contract run down given he would have to take a pay-cut elsewhere. Sexy stuff.
Curtis Good – Utterly forgettable. Curtis bad.


Jeremy Pied – Battling for his Saints future after missing almost the entirety of last season through injury.
Jordy Clasie – Moving closer to the St Mary’s exit. Worked out really badly following departure of Ronald Koeman.
Virgil van Dijk – Apparently wants out. We must have missed that.
Matt Targett – England Under-21 left-back signed a new long-term deal over the summer.
Josh Sims – Could be allowed to leave on loan to gain first-team experience.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Another central midfielder who arrived with potential and now has little.
Florin Gardos – Doesn’t even know what potential is.
Jake Hesketh – Needs a Championship loan move like the deserts miss the rain. And I miss you…


Julien Ngoy – Much is expected of the 19-year-old, who was even linked with Monaco this summer in the event that Kylian Mbappe leaves.
Thibaud Verlinden – Highly-rated 18-year-old winger is expected to push for a first-team place.
Philipp Wollscheid – Sent out on loan last season and looks no closer to the first-team picture under Mark Hughes.
Ollie Shenton – He sounds like a Hollyoaks character and is playing the same amount of Premier League football as one.
Stephen Ireland – Finally closing in on a return to fitness but not yet ready.
Jakob Haugaard – Third-choice goalkeeper.
Giannelli Imbula – Has been up for sale all summer but seemingly no one is interested, at least not at the price Stoke want for their record signing.

Erwin Mulder – New keeper started the season as third choice. No sign of Scully either.
Mark Birighitti – Australian goalkeeper is expected to move on.
Kenji Gorre – The 22-year-old struggled to make an impression during a loan spell at Northampton last season.


Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – The winger offered some encouragement in pre-season but could still be shipped out before the deadline.
Paulo Gazzaniga – Joined from Southampton to be third choice. And he is.


Adrian Mariappa – Started six Premier League matches towards the end of last season but remains very much on the periphery.
Brice Dja Djedje – Bought last summer but has yet to make his Premier League debut.
Daniel Bachmann – Third-choice keeper arrived from Stoke this summer.
Tom Hoban – Defender was loaned to Blackburn last season and appears no closer to making the breakthrough at Watford.
Jerome Sinclair – Marco Silva said last week that he had yet to make a decision whether Sinclair would go out on loan after seeing plenty of action in pre-season.
Mauro Zarate – Mauro Zarate plays for Watford?


Callum McManaman – Set to leave Albion before the deadline after being overlooked by Tony Pulis.
Jonny Evans – Future up in the air with Manchester City and Leicester both sniffing around.


Toni Martínez – Sounds like one of your Dad’s mates who wears too much cologne. Is a striker who hasn’t yet made the bench.

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