Where are ya? The Premier League’s forgotten ones

Date published: Wednesday 16th August 2017 9:05

Which players failed to make the matchday squads for their Premier League clubs this weekend, despite being fit and (just about) able…


Lucas Perez – Striker wants to leave, Arsenal want him to go. The only surprise is that he hasn’t left yet.
Carl Jenkinson – Set to leave permanently after playing only one Premier League game last season.
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.
Kieran Gibbs – Move to Watford was scrapped because the left-back didn’t want to take a cut on his £80,000-a-week wages. Fair enough.
Chuba Akpom – Injuries and a number of disappointing loans spells have left the 21-year-old way down the pecking order.
Calum Chambers – Allowed to leave after spending last season on loan at Boro but Arsenal rejected a £16million offer from Palace last month.


Max Gradel – “He is very much part of our plans,” said Eddie Howe in July amid interest from Toulouse and Sunderland.
Marc Wilson – Defender has been told he is free to leave, with West Brom and Hull both linked.
Brad Smith – Failed to nail down a place after joining from Liverpool for £6million last year.
Lewis Cook – Captained England’s Under-20s to World Cup glory this summer so remains some way behind team-mates after extra time off.
Connor Mahoney – Young winger arrived from Blackburn this summer.
Baily Cargill – One of five recognised central defenders.
Aaron Ramsdale – Young goalkeeper some way off the first team.


Mathias Normann – Signed this summer from Norwegian second division so he has plenty to do before breaking into the first team.
Rohan Ince – Has been earmarked for a loan move.
Ales Mateju – Czech U21 right-back arrived earlier this month from Viktoria Plzen.
Henrik Bjordal – Striker, 20, is expected to be loaned out.
Soufyan Ahannach – Dutch winger, 21, signed late last week.
Gaetan Bong – “A key member of the squad,” said Chris Hughton after the Cameroon international signed a new one-year deal earlier this summer.
Richie Towell – Not given a squad number and likely to leave the club permanently or on loan.
Jiri Skalak – Czech winger pushed out of the picture by new arrivals.
Connor Goldson – Resuming his career after a heart operation in February.


Adam Legzdins – Joined last week from Birmingham to rival Nick Pope as back-up keeper.
Phil Bardsley – New signing has missed a chunk of pre-season due to a back injury.
Tom Anderson – Academy graduate, 23, played 35 games on loan at Chesterfield last season.
Fredrik Ulvestad – Midfielder, 25, spent last season on loan in League One with Charlton.


Wallace Oliveira – Likely to head out on loan again, despite struggling for game time at Gremio.
Matej Delac – Chelsea’s longest-serving player expects to be sold, with only a year left on his contract and “the chance of a work permit is zero”. He’s a goalkeeper, in case you were wondering.
Cristian Cuevas – Chile defender, 22, replaced Kenedy on the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East but that is likely to be the closest he gets to Antonio Conte’s squad.
Kenneth Omeruo – Set to leave permanently after four loan moves with the Nigeria defender, capped 31 times, having failed to make a first-team appearance at Stamford Bridge.
Eduardo – Third-choice goalkeeper that most Chelsea fans would struggle to pick out in a line-up.
Diego Costa – Feet up in Brazil.
Loic Remy – Available for transfer with one year remaining on his contract.


Kleton Perntreou – Albanian-Greek goalkeeper is set to leave on loan.
Keshi Anderson – Young striker was involved in pre-season after spending last season on loan at Northampton.
James McArthur – Played in the Under-23s on Monday after being left out of the opening-day defeat.
Yohan Cabaye – Missed a chunk of pre-season but featured for the Under-23s.
Damien Delaney – Omitted despite featuring in their final pre-season friendly last Tuesday.
Martin Kelly – Left out despite being given chances during pre-season in a back three.
Hiram Boateng – Palace are currently deciding whether to loan out the 21-year-old again this season.
Jordon Mutch – Made to play in the Under-23s during pre-season. Likely to be allowed to leave, much to the delight of many Palace fans.


Gareth Barry – Heading to West Brom.
Aaron Lennon – Linked with moves to Watford, Birmingham and Newcastle.
Joel Robles – Out of the picture after Jordan Pickford’s arrival and is set to return to Spain.
Oumar Niasse – The £13.5million flop is supposedly being eyed by Brighton.
Luke Garbutt – The 24-year-old struggled at Wigan on loan and looks further than ever from the Toffees first-team.


Luke Coddington – Third-choice keeper.
Ryan Schofield – Fourth choice keeper.
Jason Davidson – Failed to secure a permanent move after spending last season at FC Groningen. Not allocated a squad number.
Dean Whitehead – The 35-year-old signed a new one-year deal in the summer though he’s unlikely to feature much.
Sean Scannell – Enjoyed a positive pre-season but opportunities look likely to be limited for Town’s longest-serving player
Joe Lolley – Impressed in pre-season after missing much of last season through injury, with Championship clubs Sunderland, Barnsley and Sheffield United all interested.


George Thomas – Young attacker only arrived last week from Coventry.
Eldin Jakupovic – New arrival from Hull was left off the bench in favour of Ben Hamer.
Yohan Benalouane – Was branded “reckless” in pre-season by Craig Shakespeare, who says the defender won’t be picked unless he learns his lesson.
Leonardo Ulloa – Pushed closer to the exit by Kelechi Iheanacho’s arrival.
Ahmed Musa – Nigeria striker looks set to leave Leicester, with West Brom and Hull both linked.


Jon Flanagan – Despite Nathaniel Clyne’s injury, the right-back was still overlooked with Trent Alexander-Arnold getting the nod instead.
Danny Ward – Third-choice keeper. Wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave on loan closer to the deadline.
Andrew Robertson – The £10million new signing was left out of the squad at Watford, with Alberto Moreno playing instead, for reasons that have yet to become clear.
Sheyi Ojo – Heading to Fulham on loan.
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 – Fiorentiona wanted Liverpool’s forgotten man but refused to pay the £16million asking price.


Oleksandr Zinchenko – Ukraine international is set to join Napoli this week.
Fabian Delph – Midfielder wants a loan move but City want to sell for £14million.
Wilfried Bony – Nowhere near the City reckoning, could return to Swansea for £13million.
Jason Denayer – Flopped at Sunderland, likely to be sold before the deadline.
Patrick Roberts – Wanted back at Celtic where he impressed on loan last season. Unlikely to feature much for City this year.
Tosin Adarabioyo – Centre-back signed a new deal and could feature this term with City short in that area.
Samir Nasri – Struggling to attract interest because of the £185,000-a-week he currently trousers at City. Probably not bothered.


Joel Pereira – Third-choice keeper but highly-rated by Jose Mourinho.
Victor Lindelof – Mourinho says he will be eased into the reckoning after a mixed pre-season.
Michael Carrick – Club captain will be used sporadically this term.
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 – Hoping to force his way into the reckoning this term after a year away on loan.


Jesus Gamez – Has failed to impress since joining Newcastle but a lack of cover means he can’t go anywhere for now.
Tim Krul – Set to leave after spending all last season out on loan.
Siem de Jong – Hoping to put injury problems behind him after 26 appearances in three years.
Henri Saivet – Spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne and is free to leave again.
Emmanuel Riviere – Newcastle agreed a deal with Metz to get rid but the striker didn’t fancy it.
Jack Colback – Trained away from the first team last week after reportedly falling out with Benitez.
Mohamed Diame – On the fringes despite playing 37 times in the Championship last season.
Grant Hanley – Newcastle are open to offers for the centre-half but his wages are putting off Championship clubs.
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.
Curtis Good – Nowhere near the first-team reckoning, with a trial spell at PEC Zwolle coming to nothing.
Freddie Woodman – Highly-rated young keeper is currently third choice, with Newcastle keen to arrange a loan move, but Palace and Everton are also said to be interested in the England Under-20 World Cup winner.


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.
Virgil van Dijk – You may have heard: he wants to leave too…
Sam Gallagher – Could be set for a loan move, with Derby heavily linked.
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.
Paulo Gazzaniga – Linked with a move to Tottenham as back-up under old boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Yet to fully assert himself at St Mary’s since joining from Bayern Munich last year.
Florin Gardos – Set to allowed to leave after making only 11 Saints appearances.


Julien Ngoy – Much is expected of the 19-year-old, who was even linked with Monaco this summer if Kylian Mbappe was to leave.
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.
Stephen Ireland – Finally closing in on a return to fitness but not yet ready.
Bruno Martins Indi – Only rejoined Stoke late last week.
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.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Sat on his behind while Everton and Swansea haggle over a few quid.
Stephen Kingsley – On the fringes but Swansea knocked back an offer from Wolves for the Scotland defender.
Mike van der Hoorn – Last Premier League start came in Bob Bradley’s final game as manager. Draw your own conclusions.
Matt Grimes – Failed to break into the Leeds side during a loan spell at Elland Road last year. Unlikely to be in Paul Clement’s plans, much to the fury of his mum, probably.
Kenji Gorre – The 22-year-old struggled to make an impression during a loan spell at Northampton last season and appears to be out of the picture.


Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – The winger offered some encouragement in pre-season but the 22-year-old could still be shipped out before the deadline.


Adrian Mariappa – Started six Premier League matches towards the end of last season but remains very much on the periphary.
Giedrius Arlauskis – Romanian keeper all set to return home to join Cluj.
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 – 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.
Will Hughes – Silva may be giving the new boy more time to prepare for the new season after his involvement in England’s European Under-21 Championship campaign.
Isaac Success – Started only two Premier League games last season and has been pushed further out of the reckoning by the Hornets’ summer recruitment.


Callum McManaman – Set to leave Albion before the deadline after being overlooked by Tony Pulis.


Robert Snodgrass – Set to leave the club for Aston Villa only eight months after joining from Hull.

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