11 Footballers Who Deserve a Transfer to a Bigger Club
The summer transfer window is rapidly approaching, and for many players, that means the chance to make that career-changing move to a bigger club.
Some players might not like it and prefer to remain a one-club man. However, for many, the chance of competing for titles—domestic and in Europe—as well as the small part of making more money can be key in the decision to move to a bigger team.
For many players, moving to a bigger club is simply something that they deserve, for their talents would finally be put to the best possible use by their new employers.
Which footballers deserve a move this summer? Here are 11 names.
Wilfried Bony, Vitesse Arnhem
Prolific Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony has been linked with a move to Chelsea previously (via Metro), and regardless of whether he's the greatest fit for the Blues, there's no doubt he deserves a transfer.
Bony has been prolific in the Eredivisie this year and has used his physical strength to dominate defenders. He is a great finisher who possesses a plethora of abilities on the ground and in the air and has shown great agility throughout his time with Arnhem as well.
Currently valued at £8.8 million, Bony has netted 31 goals and six assists in the Eredivisie alone, and with his contract up in 2015, the Ivorian definitely deserves a transfer.
Marco Rojas, Melbourne Victory
Little-known Melbourne Victory striker Marco Rojas might not carry the big name that the likes of Bony does, but he's definitely capable of making an impact at a new club after a transfer in the 2013 summer transfer window.
Rojas is a prolific dribbler with an excellent finishing ability. He was an easy selection for the Young Footballer of the Year Award and is arguably the best product to come out of the Australian domestic competition; he definitely deserves a move in 2013.
Rojas has sublime skill and knows how to make big plays happen when needed—things that can't necessarily be taught to footballers around the world.
He would be dirt cheap as well this summer for interested teams.
Now whilst I'm not suggesting for a minute that Isco isn't at a big club in Malaga—who went much further than most teams did in the Champions League this season—what I am suggesting is that it's time for the talented playmaker to take his talents away from Spain so that he stays in the Champions League.
The suspension for Malaga due to financial problems means that he won't be able to play in the Champions League for the next few years, which is simply a travesty.
He is a skilled playmaker who is one of the most creative goalscorers and assist-workers in world football—something that the most prestigious tournament in the world shouldn't have to miss out on seeing in the next few years.
Former Malaga players Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal have shown to be huge successes in the Premier League, so why can't Isco do the same?
There's no doubt that Manchester City would definitely be interested in making that happen, with latest reports linking the Citizens with a move for him this summer (via ESPN).
Andreas Weimann, Aston Villa
Bleacher Report's tactical analyst, Sam Tighe, documented Andreas Weimann's stellar rise from obscurity to notoriety very well, and whilst it might be star striker Christian Benteke whose name is found in all of the transfer headlines, don't be surprised to see some serious interest in Weimann also this summer.
Even if Aston Villa do stay out of relegation this season.
Weimann is both a playmaker and a finisher, who thrives alongside another big-name player in attack. He is capable of some mazy runs and brilliant link-up play, and whilst that might be a dying art in world football, it's one that the 21-year-old does to perfection.
Eventually, he will leave Villa for a bigger club, and as sad as that will be for the Villans, it will be completely deserved for the talented attacker.
Bastian Oczipka, Eintracht Frankfurt
Think of what Leighton Baines is to Everton. Think of what Ashley Cole—back in his prime, anyway—was to Chelsea. Think of what Gareth Bale can do down the left.
All of that can also be replicated by Eintracht Frankfurt defender Bastian Oczipka, who is quickly developing into one of the premier talents in world football. And for teams that are interested in trying to make a move for him, he's dirt-cheap and not really attracting big interest from other clubs either.
He is great at getting down the left flank and whipping in crosses—going high in the air for his strikers or laying it back to the top of the box for an incoming midfielder. As such, in 30 league games this year, Oczipka has 10 assists and only 11 shots.
He knows his job is to provide and not to dominate the attack, which is an admirable characteristic in a defender. Too often, an attacking defender can kill a move by getting goal-hungry and forgetting their primary responsibility—something that the 24-year-old German can't be accused of doing.
Oczipka would pleasantly surprise a number of people should he move to a big club, and the German could prove to be a genuine star if given Champions League opportunities.
Daniel Carvajal, Bayer Leverkusen
Another star of the Bundesliga this year has been right defender Daniel Carvajal, who has the potential to be a deadly right-back at a big club at some point in the future.
At just 21 years of age, Carvajal is a strong and physical defender who is capable of chiming forward into the attack down the right flank with ease. However, and this is what's most impressive, the 21-year-old doesn't negate his defensive responsibilities in doing so—he ensures that he is ready to cover any counterattack that might take place down his flank.
Carvajal has a goal and six assists this year in the Bundesliga—creating an average of 1.2 goalscoring chances per game—but he also averages an incredible 3.7 tackles and 3.8 interceptions per game as well. He is defensively minded and has attacking instincts in the perfect balance; the young Spaniard would make for a brilliant under-the-radar signing in the summer window.
Julio Cesar, Queens Park Rangers
If Queens Park Rangers had stayed alive in the Premier League season and avoided relegation, many would have put it down to Harry Redknapp's arrival and his purchases over the winter transfer window. However, the biggest reason as to why QPR weren't relegated a lot sooner than they were this year was none other than their star goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
I mean, this is a guy who plays for Brazil, but is currently looking at a future in the Championship next season.
Please, can somebody sign him up?
Cesar has great vision and is very strong coming off his line with brilliant reflexes to match. He knows what is required of him and doesn't make the costly mistakes that we see from goalkeepers from time to time—a model of consistency this season for QPR when they were sputtering around helplessly.
Cesar deserves to go to a big club next year. He simply doesn't belong in the Championship.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Saint-Etienne
Having been linked away from Saint-Etienne for some time now (via the Mirror), it seems only inevitable that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves to the big-time at some point in the near future. It's the only fair outcome for a truly talented striker who could have a huge impact at any club in world football.
If Saint-Etienne miss out on the Europa League next season, look for Aubameyang to be a very wanted product this summer transfer window. After all, he has netted 21 goals and 15 assists in 36 appearances for the French club, and he's done so without the greatest support cast around him.
This guy's a potential live wire in the Champions League, depending where he ends up.
Heung-Min Son, Hamburg
If Heung-Min Son is given the same opportunities to show his talents in England and the Premier League as Shinji Kagawa, he could well be the next big star of world football.
The Hamburg winger is a talented player who can be a true menace for defenders, especially if played through the middle rather than out wide.
He is quick and brilliant with the ball at his feet and is very efficient in front of goal when his team need him to make an impact.
Heung-Min Son is devastating on the counterattack and netted twice against Borussia Dortmund earlier in the year—something that it took Cristiano Ronaldo four games to do.
Give him a chance and he could become a star.
Leo Baptistao, Rayo Vallecano
With a release clause of just €8 million, it seems inevitable that Rayo Vallecano striker Leo Baptistao will eventually make a move. For his sake, it should be sometime in the summer transfer window.
Baptistao is a brilliant finisher who is deadly effective in front of goal. He has the ability to get in behind defenders and force mistakes off them—much like Robin van Persie did at Manchester United this year—and is capable of using the physical stature that he has to impose himself up front.
His production levels have dropped this year compared to years gone by, but there's no disputing the talent that Baptistao has shown for the Spanish club in attack.
Hopefully other big clubs around the world have seen that too.
However—for a myriad reasons—the player who most deserves a transfer to a big club is Neymar. You know, the mohawked Brazilian? You might have heard of him once or twice.
Having been linked away from Santos for what seems like forever, the time is right for Neymar to show the world just how good he is. Moreover, it will finally give the talented star a chance to show if he is really worth the hype and sensational following that he gets in world football.
At whatever club that might be, Neymar deserves a chance to prove himself.
He has shown to be a brilliant dribbler and underrated finisher as well, but he isn't getting the chance to prove that as much due to teams simply trying to take him out.
A classy club like Bayern Munich wouldn't do that, so it would have been fascinating to see how Neymar fared in the recent semifinal of the Champions League when Barcelona played the Bavarians. It would have given him the chance to prove he is worth the media attention, and it would have given Bayern Munich's defense a chance to prove themselves once more.
At the end of the day, Neymar has the ability to turn a non-contender into a contender and a Champions League outsider into a genuine chance at success.
For that alone, it would be great to finally see him at a big club in world football.
Which players do you think should get a go at a big club?
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