January Transfers: A Player from Every Premier League Club That Needs a Move
So, here we are in December all looking forward to the January transfer window, but it’s important to remember that the window is not always just about buying players. There is also the opportunity for Premier League sides to refine their squads with one or two departures.
I think it is fair to say that every club in the EPL has at least one player that they could either get rid of, or the player himself simply needs a move. Therefore, let’s have a look at which player from each club may be looking to make a move.
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Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
There are very few players in the Premier League that have grabbed more headlines than this young man. As I have mentioned before in previous articles, he is no longer an integral part of Arsenal’s team, but seems to think he can still demand anything he wants from the club in terms of money and playing position.
Seriously, enough is enough, Arsenal really don’t need to waste any more time even thinking about this one. There are plenty of replacements that could be acquired to replace this man, Wilfried Zaha and Jesus Navas to name just two.
Darren Bent (Aston Villa)
Darren Bent has been one of the big talking points at Aston Villa this season, along with the club’s poor start to the Premier League season. It seems that the striker is not Paul Lambert’s cup of tea, which is strange considering he is regarded as one of the best goal-scorers in the EPL.
But there is an argument that he isn’t as much of a team player as some of the other options within Lambert’s squad.
Nevertheless, goal-scorers are always in demand, so expect him to be linked with plenty of clubs in the January window. And given the relationship between manager and player, it seems unlikely that the club will block any potential move for the right money.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
This might be a bit of a controversial one, but Rafael Benetiz has stated that the player could make a January switch away from the club. It seems like an end of an era as far as Lampard is concerned.
For years, he has been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League. However, goals and games have dried up a bit this season, and younger players have been acquired with a view towards the future. Nothing lasts forever, and it looks like the natural time for him to move on.
The big question is what he will choose to do for his next move; he would certainly be able to play regularly with a Premier League club a bit lower down the table, providing they could afford his wage demands. But there have also been rumours circulating that he could be the next player to join the MLS (via the Daily Mail). After all, it seems to be a major trend for big-name players to go and play in the United States towards the end of their careers.
Victor Anichebe (Everton)
Everton certainly have more goals in them this season than we are used to seeing. So, Anichebe's role is likely to remain a limited one, particularly with David Moyes preferring to use just the one striker up front the majority of times, and summer signing Steven Naismith has given the club another versatile option.
Therefore, if the Nigerian international wants to play regular games he may need to seek pastures new. It would be interesting to see if another Premier League side were prepared to take on a striker that hasn’t got the best goal-scoring record.
Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
I always thought that this was a strange signing for Fulham and saw it as a desperate move to bring in another midfielder after the losses of Dembele, Dempsey and Etuhu. However, it always looked like a short-term measure, so it’s likely that the club will look to strengthen this area of the pitch in the January window.
This will allow the Greek player to move on to a club he can play more regular games for, something that he surely needs at the age of 35.
Andy Carroll (Liverpool)
Andy Carroll is on a season-long loan to West Ham. However, that was really only a way to get the striker out of Liverpool until January. Clearly, Carroll has no future under Brendan Rodgers, so it will be interesting to see if he will be sold in the transfer window.
Of course, a transfer would suit all parties, but one potential stumbling block is the asking price Liverpool may be seeking, given that the club acquired him for £35 million. It seems the sooner he leaves the better it will be for everyone.
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City)
Scott Sinclair’s decision to join Manchester City in the summer was an absolutely crazy choice. It was obvious for everyone to see that he wasn’t going to get regular games like he did at Swansea. He is a bright prospect for the future of English football, so it’s vital that he plays regular games at Premier League level. Sitting on the bench is doing no one any good.
Sinclair desperately needs to move away and get back to the place he was in when playing regular games for Swansea. A loan move in January with a view to a permanent switch in the summer seems like a sensible option.
Nani (Manchester United)
Nani is not, perhaps, the automatic choice for the club as he once was, so a move away in the January window looks like a distinct possibility. Sir Alex Ferguson would, probably, be keen to keep hold of the player as another option.
But he has been linked by The Sun to Arsenal as a possible replacement for Theo Walcott. It will certainly be interesting to see where the Portuguese winger is playing his football at the end of January 2013.
Xisco (Newcastle United)
If any player in the Premier League needs a move then this Spanish striker does. It’s hard to explain what has happened to his career since arriving at Newcastle in 2008. Xisco has been sent out on loan to Spanish clubs, but he appears to have no future in the EPL.
Under the circumstances, it would be a major surprise if the striker was to join another club in England. But a move abroad possibly to Spain is certainly something that he is in dire need of.
Leon Barnett (Norwich City)
Leon Barnett was rewarded with a start for the recent Capital One Cup game against Aston Villa, but it wasn’t his best game. So, he isn’t likely to get another opportunity anytime soon, since he also finds Bassong, Turner, Ryan Bennett and Russell Martin all ahead of him in the pecking order for a place in central defence.
A move away from the club to the Championship would seem to suit all parties, but it may only be a move that Hughton will make if he can find a replacement.
Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR)
I haven’t seen a single thing from Wright-Phillips in a QPR shirt that suggests that he is making a positive influence on the club. Clearly, QPR have all sorts of problems this season and surviving in the Premier League will be a real challenge.
Most of the reports are likely to be on how many more players they will add to the squad in the window, but maybe shipping out one or two of their big-name players that aren’t contributing anything to the team is a good idea.
There are certainly wingers in the EPL with far smaller reputations that are contributing far more than the former Chelsea and Manchester City winger. I think the big statistic that sums the player up is the fact that he has never scored a Premier League goal in a QPR shirt.
It will be interesting to see if another Premier League club are willing to take a chance on the player; otherwise he might fancy trying his hand to play abroad. Could Wright-Phillips be the next player to go to the MLS to try to revive his career?
Jason Roberts (Reading)
There was a time when Jason Roberts was considered a quality Premier League striker.
Sadly, it seems those days are over. The fact that the club are persisting with him is, perhaps, an indication to the problems they are having.
If Reading is serious about staying in the EPL, then they might want to consider investing in a quality striker in the January window, and selling Roberts to any Championship club that will take him.
I think he proved last season that he still has plenty to offer at that level, but just not in the English top-flight anymore. Some people might argue that Reading might as well hang onto Roberts, because they could very well be back in the Championship next season.
But the reality is at 34, the striker doesn’t offer any kind of long-term solution to goals, irrespective of division. A young striker will surely benefit Reading in the long run.
Kelvin Davis (Southampton)
It seems that the 36-year-old has been replaced in goal by a younger man, which in some ways is strange given that Southampton are in dire need of a bit of experience at the back.
Clearly, Davis will be used occasionally such as in Southampton’s last match. But it seems that he is no longer considered to be their first choice. I’m sure there are Championship clubs out there that are in need of an experienced goalkeeper. It appears that Southampton has moved on, so, perhaps, it is time for Kelvin Davis to do the same.
Cameron Jerome (Stoke)
Cameron Jerome generally doesn't get anywhere near the Stoke City team. There is stiff competition for a place from Crouch, Owen, Walters and Jones. So, a move away to a club that offers first-team football might be a good idea.
Of course, he has been linked with moves before now (per Sky Sports), but he isn't the reliable goal-scorer he once was when he was at Birmingham City. It would be nice to think that he could get regular games at Premier League level, but I think he should focus on getting a move to a Championship club, at least on loan to get used to playing football again.
Connor Wickham (Sunderland)
I’m still waiting to see the so-called talent that is Connor Wickham. He really hasn’t been able to contribute anything of substance to the Premier League. Some people may suggest that he is young and give the lad time, but that statement can’t be used forever.
I also tend to think that if he was that talented, then why aren’t Sunderland using him in more games, given that they are struggling near the bottom of the table? If I were a Sunderland fan, then I would be worried that his talent will never be seen.
Therefore, a January loan move to a Championship club would help him back to playing games on a regular basis and scoring goals. But a move away from the club on a permanent basis may actually suit all parties in the long run.
Danny Graham (Swansea City)
The Swansea City forward doesn’t appear to be a favourite of new manager Michael Laudrup. The goals that he scored last season in the Premier League will surely make him a target for rival managers. In fact, he has already been linked by the Mirror with a possible January transfer to Norwich City or West Ham.
It will be interesting to see how desperately Laudrup will be to hold onto a player that he only regards as a backup. Also, he would obviously want to seek a replacement before selling Graham.
Nevertheless, from the player’s point of view, he needs to be playing regular games. It seems that his current manager is not an admirer of his goal-scoring abilities, so he is entitled to seek a move to a Premier League club that will appreciate him.
Michael Dawson (Spurs)
Andre Villas-Boas certainly doesn’t seem to rate Dawson, so it’s more of a case of when the player will leave, rather than if he will leave. But the question of where he will go remains open to considerable debate. However, most people would expect this to be an all-Premier League transfer.
The best bet is to one of the teams that are struggling towards the bottom of table. QPR was linked with a move in the summer, and Southampton have been mentioned more recently (via the Mirror), so a move to one of those clubs looks more than likely.
Gabriel Tamas (West Brom)
It seems that the Romanian defender is only seen as a bit-part player during West Brom’s fine start to the season.
Therefore, it may well be that his association with the Premier League is soon to be over. And he would be best off to leave the EPL in January in search of regular first-team football as well as looking to protect his place in the Romanian international team.
Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham)
The Portuguese striker is currently injured with a return date set for early January 2013. He was certainly a good player for West Ham last season and made a major contribution to get the club into the Premier League.
However, I see him as one of those players that is very special in the Championship, but nowhere near good enough to perform on a consistent basis in the Premier League. Therefore, West Ham may like to think about the player’s future very carefully in the January window.
The club is very nicely placed in the EPL, and Championship players are not really what they need at this time, particularly with Andy Carroll being seen as the central striking option. In any case, it is going to take Vaz Te sometime to regain his match fitness, so a loan move to a Championship club seems a sensible solution.
Fraser Fyvie (Wigan Athletic)
When Fraser Fyvie arrived in the Premier League from Scotland, I had high hopes for what Roberto Martinez had discovered, but it appears that he is not getting an opportunity to make an impression in the EPL.
This is something that is a little bit strange, given their position in the table, and Fyvie must have expected to be given an opportunity before now. So, January will represent an important time for him; he may need to receive clarification from Martinez regarding what his role in the team is.
Of course, it may just be that the Wigan manager sees him as a player for the future, but doesn’t think he is quite ready yet. But in any case he needs to play a few games, so a loan spell to the Championship might be in order for January. However, if it transpires that the player doesn’t have any real future with Wigan, then he might as well return to Scotland.