Here are the players who qualified for the main list but were cut.
Aaron Ramsey, DM/CAM/WAM, Arsenal, Age: 22
Not a strong-ball winner to play as a pivot; lacks creative guile to be a No. 10; has neither the pace nor crossing accuracy to start out wide.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, RAM, Arsenal, Age: 19
Precipitous decline into mediocrity must be a concern for Gooners. Though, AOC has massive upside.
Andre Wisdom, RB/CB, Liverpool, Age: 19
Not a right-back (ask Kevin Mirallas) but has the attributes to be a quality CB.
Andreas Weimann, WAM/CF, Aston Villa, Age: 21
Plays like a No. 9 but starts out wide; needs to pass the ball more to Christian Benteke; for a tall guy, Weimann is meek in aerial contests.
Angelo Henriquez, CF, Wigan Athletic (Manchester United Loanee), Age: 18
I don’t rate Franco Di Santo at all but he’s still retaining a starting position. Roberto Martínez should have thrown on Henriquez against Liverpool.
Ben Davies, LB, Swansea City, Age: 19
Has made the most of his opportunity after Neil Taylor’s long-term injury; Davies has been steady.
Chris Smalling, CB/RB, Manchester United, Age: 23
Development has been hindered by a series of injuries; has the potential to be an elite defender.
César Azpilicueta, RB, Chelsea, Age: 23
By and large, has been good for the Blues. Some question marks still linger with his positioning. Tomás Kalas has been determined at right-back for Vitesse.
Danny Welbeck, WAM/CF, Manchester United, Age: 22
Puts in a shift as a wide attacking midfielder, but his productivity is not good enough. Needs to play as a centre-forward (at another club) if he wants to maximise his talent.
Davide Santon, LB, Newcastle United, Age: 22
All over the place in the 1-0 loss to Swansea City. The Italian’s tackling has improved, but I’d rather see Massadio Haidara be given an extended run.
Emmanuel Frimpong, DM, Fulham (Arsenal Loanee), Age: 21
Does he want to be C-list celebrity or a footballer? Dench…
Fabio, LB/RB, Queens Park Rangers, (Manchester United Loanee), Age: 22
With Alexander Büttner the appointed heir apparent to Patrice Evra, Fabio may not have a future at Old Trafford.
Fabio Borini, WF/WAM/CF, Liverpool, Age: 21
Borini has been non-existent when he’s played for Liverpool but his tenure has been disrupted by injuries. Filippo Inzaghi had a torrid time at Parma but went on to become one of the best forwards of his generation.
Francis Coquelin, Utility Player, Arsenal, Age: 21
When he comes back from his hamstring injury, he should take up Aaron Ramsey’s minutes.
Gastón Ramírez, CAM, Southampton, Age: 22
Expected more from the Uruguayan, who along with Alessandro Diamanti dazzled for Bologna.
Jack Rodwell, CM/DM, Manchester City, Age: 21
£12 million for an injury-prone midfielder who doesn’t even tackle well. Typical Manchester City transfer deal.
James Ward-Prowse, CM, Southampton, Age: 18
Hard to judge him when most of his appearances have been nondescript.
Jay Rodriguez, WAM/CF, Southampton, Age: 23
Only worth £7 million because he’s English. Premier League-standard footballer, nothing else—meaning the Saints were ripped off.
Joe Allen, DM, Liverpool, Age: 22
Brendan Rodgers’ desperate attempts in validating Allen has been a factor in the Welshman’s poor displays.
Jonjo Shelvey, DLF/WF/WAM, Liverpool, Age: 21
Serious attitude problems. His four goals in the UEFA Europa League are misleading because three of them came against BSC Young Boys, who defend like young boys.
Junior Hoilett, WF/WAM, Queens Park Rangers, Age: 22
Got his money after some great individual displays for Blackburn Rovers but isn’t living up to the billing with QPR (like most of their overpaid players).
Kyle Walker, RB, Tottenham Hotspur, Age: 22
Not the same Walker who won the PFA Young Player of the Year and made the PFA Team of the Year.
Lewis Holtby, CAM/CM, Tottenham Hotspur, Age: 22
Can play defensive midfield, a box-to-box role or as a No. 10. Spurs are easing him into Premier League football; will make a bigger impression next season.
Luke Shaw, LB, Southampton, Age: 17
Early bloomer or future world-class left-back?
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, CB, Newcastle United, Age: 23
Hasn’t burst onto the EPL scene like Moussa Sissoko. Give Mapou some time because he can be a rock in Le Toon’s back line just like his former teammate Hilton has been for Montpellier.
Marko Marin, WAM, Chelsea, Age: 23
Played out of position in his last season with Werder Bremen and hasn’t even been given a chance with the Blues. Why sign him in the first place? May as well have promoted some kid from the academy.
Martin Kelly, RB/CB, Liverpool, Age: 22
He’s had problems with his groin, back and hamstring (per BBC Sport). Following his ACL injury, it remains to be seen if Martin can be fit enough to be a top-class defender for the Reds.
Nick Powell, CAM/CM, Manchester United, Age: 18
Why wasn’t he loaned back to Crewe Alexandra?
Oriol Romeu, DM, Chelsea, Age: 21
Well, he’s not going back to Barcelona anytime soon following knee reconstruction.
Philippe Coutinho, WF/WAM, Liverpool, Age: 20
Was the last player cut from this list. Stunning performance against Wigan Athletic. If the same list was done this time next season, he’d probably be in the top five.
Raheem Sterling, WF, Liverpool, Age: 18
The intensity he presses has dropped; he doesn’t score enough or create enough goals; shooting has been wayward. Still has plenty of time to live up to the hype.
Ryan Bertrand, LAM/LB, Chelsea, Age: 23
Not a good defender and offers nothing in an attacking role. Kieran Gibbs improved 10-fold, so he should be Bertrand’s inspiration to prove the naysayers (i.e. me) wrong.
Ryo Miyaichi, WAM/WF, Wigan Athletic (Arsenal Loanee), Age: 20
So disheartening to watch Ryo attempt to overcome setback after setback. It’s the dreaded P word—potential. Takayuki Morimoto arguably had more potential and he couldn’t take it anymore after persistent impediments; he’s now playing in the United Arab Emirates.
Scott Sinclair, LW, Manchester City, Age: 23
Does money buy happiness?
Sebastián Coates, CB, Liverpool, Age: 22
He was in the wrong frame of mind when he played against Oldham Athletic. No form, no confidence and a lack of playing time.
Steven Caulker, CB, Tottenham Hotspur, Age: 21
Will be a solid centre-back in years to come but has made a few gaffes. It’s no coincidence that a William Gallas-led back line has seen Caulker and Walker fail to replicate last season’s form. Gallas needs to stay on the bench for the rest of the season.
Suso, WF/WAM/CAM, Liverpool, Age: 19
Technically adept to play at this level but drifts in and out of games. May not last with the Reds, so he’ll need to make the right move, otherwise risk ending up like Fran Mérida.
Thomas Carroll, DM, Tottenham Hotspur, Age: 20
Certainly the most intriguing prospect on the long list. Effortlessly lofts cross-field passes; applies pressure to opposing players; has shown creativity in midfield. If he doesn’t become a Spurs regular next season, he’ll walk into most Premier League starting XIs, presuming his displays in the UEFA Europa League aren’t a flash in a pan.
Victor Moses, WAM, Chelsea, Age: 22
Good role player for Chelsea; was excellent in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Wojciech Szczęsny, GK, Arsenal, Age: 22
He may be one of the best keepers in a few years’ time, but he needs to cut down on the mental lapses in concentration.