January Transfer Window: 5 Players Who Should Stay at Their Current Clubs
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Here are five players who should reject a move during the January transfer window in order to stay with their current clubs.
Sometimes forcing a transfer away in January isn’t in a player’s best career interest. Afonso Alves shouldn’t have upped his wages to move to Middlesbrough.
With the benefit of hindsight, we now see that it destroyed his chances of becoming an elite forward.
Theo Walcott won’t be included on the list because he should leave. Same goes with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fernando Llorente and Yann M'Vila.
Danny Simpson, Newcastle United, Right-Back, Age: 25
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Who does Danny Simpson think he is? Before Newcastle United took a punt on him, he was a Manchester United reject.
Newcastle's ethos in recent times has been to manage the club in an economically efficient manner, a la Arsène Wenger.
So, why is Simpson trying to hold out against Mike Ashley?
What makes Simpson's actions more egregious is the fact he doesn't deserve an improved contract. He's an average defender, who wouldn't be a starter on any top-six calibre Premier League side.
He'll pull his head in and find out that staying with Newcastle is the logical choice.
Moussa Sissoko, Toulouse, Centre Midfielder, Age: 23
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Moussa Sissoko probably has a photo of Jean-Marc Bosman in his apartment because the 23-year-old is playing out his contract.
Unless he drastically improves, he will be caught out if he signs for a Premier League club.
He doesn't offer much as a tackler, his passing isn't elite and there's nothing special about him.
To think that, just a few years ago, this guy's name was linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world is bewildering.
Lewis Holtby, Schalke, Attacking Midfielder, Age: 22
David Moyes would be overjoyed if Lewis Holtby lived up to his love for his boyhood club (via Sky Sports):
My father was born in England and was an Everton fan since the age of five. He immediately infected me with the Everton virus! Since then I have been an Everton fan and have always followed their games.
Last season, Holtby was surprisingly decent as a defensive midfielder, given he's a natural No. 10.
However, his adventurous forays up the field often put his back four in precarious situations, which is why Schalke signed Roman Neustädter.
Holtby was given a chance as an attacking midfielder and he's been playing like the Mainz Holtby.
It would be wise for him to stay with this up-and-coming Schalke side.
Marouane Fellaini, Everton, Deep-Lying Forward, Age: 24
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Surely, Marouane Fellaini isn't going to keep up this form as a deep-lying forward?
It's getting to a point where you begin to entertain the idea that he could be better up front than as a defensive midfielder.
In midfield, no-one can push him off the ball, he puts in his fair share of tackles and he's almost impossible to beat in the air.
Combine those characteristics with smart, angled passes and a knack for scoring—he is a potent attacking weapon.
A few years ago, people would have snickered at the idea of Yaya Touré playing up front. Yet, whenever Roberto Mancini needs a goal, the Ivorian becomes the most dangerous player on the field.
If Fellaini signs for a bigger club in January, he probably won't play up front (which is sad for his fantasy owners—i.e. me).
However, it would be a shrewd business decision for him to at least play out the season. In an ideal situation, he could net 15-20 goals and then demand a higher salary from bigger clubs, who would be more inclined to give him a chance up front.
Jozy Altidore, AZ, Centre Forward, Age: 22
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Jozy Altidore endured professional lows with Villarreal, Xerez, Hull City and Bursaspor.
He's finally playing to his potential for AZ—why leave? In fact, why ever leave AZ?
He hasn't changed his game, and he's still quite limited. I guess the reason he's scoring is because things are just falling his way.
In recent Eredivisie seasons, players like Björn Vleminckx, Sanharib Malki, Dmitri Bulykin and Mads Junker, who were previously classed as mediocre players, went on unexplainable goal-scoring runs.
This season, it's Altidore's turn.