Premier League players stuck in limbo…

Date published: Friday 4th September 2015 7:35

We revisit our list of every senior Premier League player without even a bench appearance and take a look at who is now stuck in limbo with the transfer window shut…

After every Premier League side finalised their squad lists for the coming season, we take a look at the players whose futures are in doubt.


Mathieu Flamini – Even the graveyard of 30-something Premier League footballers that is Turkey turned down the Frenchman this summer, with Galatasaray snubbing a move. No other potential suitors cropped up, and his 0 league starts in 2015 is unlikely to rise.

Joel Campbell – Why will nobody love Joel Campbell? The Costa Rican is back from Gold Cup duty, but couldn’t even secure his fifth loan move in four years at the club. He did make the squad list, however. Largely because Arsenal have no other strikers.


Philippe Senderos – Omitted from Villa’s list, and still never played a minute of competitive action under Tim Sherwood.

Charles N’Zogbia – One of 10 players tipped as ‘on borrowed time‘ by this very site, that now looks like quite the understatement. His time is very much up.


Ryan Allsop – ‘Promoted’ to third-choice goalkeeper after Lee Camp’s exit. That counts for very little, but he is on their squad list.

Elliott Ward – The only thing going for him is he has the middle name ‘Leslie’. He made just two appearances in the Championship last season.

Junior Stanislas – If a Capital One Cup brace away at Hartlepool doesn’t persuade Eddie Howe to select him in his match day squad, what will?


Bertrand Traore – When Chelsea loan out 33 players and you aren’t one of them, you’re either a) part of the squad, or b) not. He has been on the bench just once so far this season.


Brede Hangeland – “‘These are very exciting times at Palace,” said Hangeland upon signing a new one-year deal in June. Yeah, but not for you.

Paddy McCarthy – Still played just once in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Zeki Fryers – Signed by Palace on deadline day last season, he too has made just one Premier League appearance since.

Joe Ledley – “I’m playing in a great league in the Premier League and that’s where I want to be,” said Ledley after links to Cardiff this summer. You aren’t technically ‘playing’, Joseph…

Jonathan Williams – Derby and Nottingham Forest both failed in late moves for the perennial Ipswich loanee. Poor fella.


There are no uninjured first-team squad members who have not yet been on the bench.


Marcin Wasilewski – The 35-year-old has no place in Claudio Ranieri’s sexy new Leicester side.

Danny Simpson – Recently convicted of assaulting an ex-girlfriend; first-choice right-back Ritchie de Laet has not.


Mamadou Sakho – If he can’t get a Premier League appearance this season based on the fact he isn’t Dejan Lovren, there is no hope for the £18m centre-half.

Jose Enrique – “I’m happy to stay and fight for my place,” Jose Enrique said on deadline day. He’s losing that fight to an 18-year-old centre-half from the Championship, and made his last appearance in January.

João Carlos Teixeira – No Championship loan move for the Portuguese 22-year-old this summer. What does Brendan have in store?


Richard Wright – The 37-year-old still exists, but mainly as a homegrown quota hack. He has never played for City during his four-year stay; that won’t change and he’s fine with it.

Bruno Zuculini – Named in Marca’s worst team of the season in La Liga last campaign while at Cordoba, Zuculini might just struggle for games at the Etihad.


David de Gea – Now what?

Victor Valdes – A move to Besiktas broke down late on, and the Metro nearly had a breakdown themselves after the Spaniard posted a United badge on his Facebook. That’ll win Louis over.

Jesse Lingard – One of 21 outfield players given a squad number, but just as likely to feature for United as he was when out on one of his four loans.

James Wilson – The club were apparently open to loaning out the striker on deadline day. He is a 19-year-old with three league goals in 14 appearances; Anthony Martial is a 19-year-old with 11 league goals in 49 appearances. One of them is ‘worth’ £36million and it ain’t Wilson…


Jamaal Lascelles – Fourth-choice Nottingham Forest centre-half last season is fifth-choice Newcastle centre-half this season.

Gaël Bigirimana – £1m midfielder who last played a football match in August 2013. Rusty.

Yoan Gouffran – The first Newcastle player to score in five consecutive games at St. James’ Park since Alan Shearer. A travesty that he still has not made the bench this season.


Jake Kean – Released by Championship Blackburn and snapped up on a free transfer.

Elliott Bennett – No appearances for Norwich since their last game. Of the season before last.


Lloyd Isgrove – He won’t be the next Gareth Bale.


Jakob Haugaard – One of the first signings of the summer; a goalkeeping back-up to the back-up.

Dionatan Teixeira – Who? He didn’t make the 25-man list.

Phil Bardsley – Consigned to a full 120 minute shift against Luton in the Capital One Cup. After 30 appearances for the Potters last season, he hasn’t even made the bench in the league this time around.


Valentin Roberge – His middle names are ‘Sébastien Roger Dean’, so at least he has something going for him.

Wes Brown – “We’re only going to use him if we really need him,” said Dick Advocaat, who apparently ‘needs’ Younes Kaboul.

Ricky Alvarez – Sunderland avoiding relegation last season means his loan deal should have been made permanent for £8m, claim Inter Milan. FIFA are investigating.

Charis Mavrias – “We had a big past here and I know a little bit about the salary of players – average players, lower than average players – and that’s crazy,” said Dick Advocaat, staring at Mavrias.

Will Buckley – “We had a big past here and I know a little bit about the salary of players – average players, lower than average players – and that’s crazy,” said Dick Advocaat, staring at Buckley.


Gerhard Tremmel – Swansea released him in the summer before deciding they do actually need someone called Gerhard in the squad. But nowhere near the bench.

Daniel Alfei – He’s 23 and has only played about three minutes of league football for Swansea.

Matt Grimes – I have only just recovered from erroneously replacing the ‘s’ with a ‘z’ to create ‘Matt Grimez’: Swansea’s latest rap star. Anyway, he ain’t made the squad.

Michu – “He won’t be with the squad this year,” said Garry Monk. Little did we know he was actually talking about every ‘squad’ in football.

Marvin Emnes – A Capital One Cup goalscorer against York along with the aforementioned Grimes. The Premier League is a different matter, of course.


Federico Fazio – West Brom and Sevilla both failed in late attempts to sign the centre-half – although we aren’t sure ‘failed’ is the right word.

Alex Pritchard – One of 11 options in an underwhelming Spurs midfield. Did his six minutes against Everton persuade Pochettino to give him a chance?

Andros Townsend – He’s behind Erik Lamela in the pecking order. When he doesn’t even make the England squad, what’s the point?

Emmanuel Adebayor – Between £5million pay-offs and discussions with pastors, Adebayor is still at Spurs. But he won’t play again.


Giedrius Arlauskis – His only appearance so far this season has come against Preston in the Capital One Cup. They lost 1-0.

Essaid Belkalem – An Algerian World Cup centre-half. That’s all we’ve got.

Tommie Hoban – Watford’s 2012/13 Young Player of the Season. One of 37 players in Watford’s squad; one of 13 defenders.

Lloyd Dyer – One of 37 players in Watford’s squad; one of 14 midfielders.


Sébastien Pocognoli – Started Pulis’ first game in charge. He’s been an unused substitute 12 times since.

Christian Gamboa – “My style doesn’t suit his style. So, I have no chances of playing,” said Gamboa of Tony Pulis’ management back in March. There we go then.


Doneil Henry – He started at centre-half in the 2-1 defeat to FC Astra. No sign of him in the Prem.

Morgan Amalfitano – Slaven Bilic’s authority was considered veritably ‘stamped’ after punishing Amalfitano for a ‘breach of the rules’. No way back for the Frenchman.

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