Most Expendable Player on Every Premier League Squad
There can't be 22 superstars in every Premier League squad.
From Chelsea to Cardiff City, this article will seek to pick the most expendable player from all 20 teams.
This may not necessarily be a reflection of quality, only what each individual can realistically offer to his respective club.
Which in most cases is not much.
Arsenal: Andre Santos
We kick things off with one of the more unpopular players in the Premier League.
Brazilian left-back Andre Santos does not curry much favour with Arsenal fans. Maybe it is because he swapped shirts with ultimate villain Robin van Persie. Maybe it is because he is just not very good.
Either way, Arsene Wenger should have little concern letting him go this summer.
Aston Villa: Alan Hutton
It was a little strange to see Alan Hutton turn up at La Liga club Mallorca last term.
The 28-year-old right-back is of little use to regular club Aston Villa, anyway. Manager Paul Lambert is not a fan.
According to the Daily Record, Hutton understandably wants to extend his stay in Spain. I am sure Lambert won't mind.
Cardiff City: Simon Lappin
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Simon Lappin has not been at Cardiff City long, not that you would have noticed.
Having made the permanent switch from Norwich City in January, the left winger has yet to appear for the Welsh side.
At 30 years of age, the Scotsman may not have the legs to cut it in the Premier League.
Chelsea: Gael Kakuta
Once upon a time, Gael Kakuta was supposed to be the next big thing.
Now Chelsea would be lucky to get more that £1 million for the French winger.
He will head back out on loan to Vitesse next season, for whom he failed to score a single goal last season. Chances are he will never play for Jose Mourinho's new-look side.
Crystal Palace: Kwesi Appiah
Unfortunately, Kwesi Appiah is another player who makes the list purely because he just is not good enough to make it in Britain's top division.
The 22-year-old striker spent part of last season on loan at Yeovil Town. His goal tally was zero.
He has never scored a league goal for Crystal Palace. Chances are he never will.
Everton: Apostolos Vellios
Big man Apostolos Vellios may struggle in new Everton boss Roberto Martinez's system next term.
This is not to say the Greek striker is useless, only that he will struggle to get playing time ahead of Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone and Victor Anichebe.
Still only 21, Vellios would be better served finding another club to develop as an all-round goal threat.
Fulham: Marcello Trotta
The above picture is Marcello Trotta scoring for Brentford, not Fulham.
The 20-year-old spent much of last season on loan at the lower league club, scoring six goals in 22 league appearances.
Fulham do not have the youngest squad in the Premier League, but Trotta is not going to help in terms of goalscoring next season anyway.
Hull City: Aaron McLean
Aaron McLean has been a good servant to Hull City over the past three years, but he will be of little use to them in the Premier League next season.
He is a 5'7", 30-year-old striker whose goalscoring record is far from exemplary.
The former Peterborough United player is certainly expendable to Steve Bruce's side.
Liverpool: Oussama Assaidi
Oussama Assaidi was thought to be a real bargain signing for Liverpool last summer.
But the Moroccan winger did absolutely nothing last season to justify the tag.
He made only four Premier League appearances for the Reds and may have to make way next term for an exciting bunch of young attacking talents.
Manchester City: Richard Wright
It was a little bizarre to see Richard Wright line up for Manchester City in a recent exhibition match against Chelsea.
The Manchester City goalkeeper has not played regular first-team football since 2009, and that was for Ipswich Town.
Who knows what Manuel Pellegrini will make of the 35-year-old next season?
Manchester United: Anderson
There are few players who look more out of place in a Manchester United shirt than Anderson.
The burly midfielder huffs and puffs his way through matches, usually disappointing fans who previously had such high hopes for him.
Injuries may be to blame for a career that has never really taken off. David Moyes may sell this summer.
Newcastle United: Gabriel Obertan
Gabriel Obertan would not be missed if Alan Pardew decided to cash in on the French winger this summer.
Not that "cashing in" is the right term.
The 24-year-old has been an underwhelming player for Newcastle United since moving from Old Trafford in 2011. He is probably not going to get any better, either.
Norwich City: Leon Barnett
Under impressive manager Chris Hughton, Norwich City were one of the surprise clubs of the last Premier League season.
Leon Barnett did not have much to do with that.
The 27-year-old defender was shipped out to Cardiff City on loan during the second half of the season, suggesting that Hughton may not value him too highly.
Southampton: Richard Chaplow
Central midfielder Richard Chaplow has faded into obscurity since Southampton made the step up to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old was once an important member of the Saints' squad. Not anymore.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will have other options in mind to start what promises to be an exciting campaign.
Stoke City: Thomas Sorensen
Thomas Sorensen has proven himself to be a fine shot-stopper over the past few years.
But with Asmir Begovic and Jack Butland ahead of him in the pecking order at Stoke City, he is no longer of much use to them.
At 37, he will have to decide whether to pursue first team opportunities at another club, or continue to play second or third fiddle.
Sunderland: Wes Brown
The injury-prone Wes Brown has never reached the peaks first expected of him in his Manchester United youth.
The 33-year-old now occupies most of his time in the training gyms at Sunderland, trying desperately to get back to full fitness.
With central defenders Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge having already signed for the Black Cats this summer, Brown's future is less than rosy.
Swansea City: Leroy Lita
Leroy Lita is not a bad striker. He just belongs in the Championship, not the Premier League.
The 28-year-old was sent out on loan for the whole of last season, failing to make one appearance for Michael Laudrup's rejuvenated Swansea City side.
Another loan spell beckons. That, or sale.
Tottenham Hotspur: Tom Huddlestone
Perhaps the most notable moment of last season for Tom Huddlestone was his receiving a red card only seven minutes after coming on as a substitute in a game against Norwich City.
The central midfielder is a slow coach in a midfield currently being built to take on the world's best.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas would not miss Huddlestone if the 26-year-old were to be sold this summer.
West Bromwich Albion: Markus Rosenberg
West Brom striker Markus Rosenberg failed to find the back of the net in 25 appearances for the Baggies last season.
He was once a reliable goalscorer for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, but not anymore.
With Romelu Lukaku having returned to Chelsea, it is possible Rosenberg may be relied upon more next term. Manager Steve Clarke will be hoping not too much.
West Ham United: Alou Diarra
Having not been played much by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce last term, Alou Diarra made sure to make his feelings known to the press.
"I was told that I was a priority for the manager. After a few weeks, I realised that there were a lot of lies. This agent has fooled me. Some people have made money on my back," he told L'Equipe (h/t Daily Mail).
This is one relationship that may be beyond mending.