Ryo Miyaichi, Alan Hutton and 20 Players to Slip off the Premier League Radar
Every now and then, while perusing Premier League squad lists, you stumble across a name you'd forgotten was still plying his trade in the division.
That's exactly how we felt when we remembered that Ryo Miyaichi is still on the books at Arsenal, which prompted us to construct a list of players who have fallen off the radar over the past 12 months.
There are plenty out there, so if we missed your favourite, add him in the comments below.
Ryo Miyaichi, Arsenal
Remember when Ryo Miyaichi was Arsenal's next superstar in the making? Three years and seven senior appearances for the club later, we're struggling to remember what was so exciting about him.
He's lightning fast and has absurdly quick feet, but the Japanese winger has never been able to convert that into Premier League-worthy form and struggled out on loan elsewhere.
Alan Hutton, Aston Villa
Alan Hutton started and starred for Scotland in their 2-2 draw against Nigeria on Wednesday night, attacking the right flank and sending in a number of dangerous low crosses.
For Aston Villa, though, he's a forgotten man. Per The Guardian, he's set to be reintroduced to the fold at Villa Park due to uncertainties over whether the club will sign new players this summer. For neutrals, that will have been the first time they've seen his name mentioned in months.
Jonas Gutierrez, Newcastle United
Jonas Gutierrez, once adored by Newcastle United fans, spent the second half of the season warming the bench on loan at Norwich City.
According to The Mirror, Alan Pardew has informed the Argentine—who started for his country at the 2010 World Cup—that he has no future at St James' Park.
Jonathan Williams, Crystal Palace
Jonathan Williams is the brightest prospect on the books at Crystal Palace, but his fluid playing style did not mesh with Tony Pulis' survival masterclass.
It led to him being frozen out of the first-team picture and then loaned to Ipswich Town. Williams is now an afterthought for most fans, and we're not sure how he will fit next year.
Roger Johnson, West Ham United
Roger Johnson made a shock move to the Premier League in January, signing on loan at West Ham United from League One promotion candidates Wolves.
He proceeded to show a slight hint of rustiness in one of his early showings, and he featured just four times in the Premier League.
Gedo, Hull City
Did you even know a Gedo played for Hull City? We won't slight if you didn't. After all, he made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.
He was a regular feature under Steve Bruce in the Championship, then returned on loan again for the 2013-14 campaign but clearly didn't cut the mustard in the top division.
Magaye Gueye, Everton
Apostolos Vellios may be gone, but Roberto Martinez hasn't quite cleared his wage bill of unwanted, unfulfilled attackers just yet.
Magaye Gueye, touted as a potential star upon arrival at Goodison Park, just hasn't panned out for the Toffees at all. He's looked nervous and jumpy in every game in which he's featured, with a heavy touch and a snatched shot ensuring he produces little on the pitch.
Gabriel Obertan, Newcastle United
Gabriel Obertan stands a classic warning of why it is so hard to project wingers: If their brains don't catch up with their feet, they quickly become the ultimate busts.
Decision-making is a vital part of a wide player's game, and despite offering good pace and dribbling, Obertan could never commit to the right ball in the final third.
He made three substitute appearances in the Premier League last season.
Alou Diarra, West Ham United
Alou Diarra, a defensive midfielder who earns £60,000 per week at West Ham United, cannot get close to the first team under Sam Allardyce.
He has expressed his desperation to leave the club multiple times, per Sky Sports, but no one is willing to take him—even for free—because of his gargantuan wage packet.
Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace
Wayne Hennessey joined Crystal Palace in January 2014 and made one single appearance in goal for the club.
Julian Speroni is the No. 1 'keeper at Selhurst Park, and while he is indeed out of contract, the club are negotiating a new deal with the Argentine that will likely see him continue between the sticks.
What an odd transfer.
Oscar Ustari, Sunderland
What was the point in Sunderland signing Oscar Ustari for half a season?
Vito Mannone was immovable in goal, Keiren Westwood's shoulder turned out to be less injured than previously thought and Jordan Pickford, 20, is hailed as one of the brightest prospects inside the Academy of Light.
Nicklas Helenius, Aston Villa
Nicklas Helenius was a low-key arrival at Aston Villa last summer, and while no one expected him to become an immediate force in the starting XI, he barely featured at all.
He made three substitute appearances in the Premier League, had his pants literally pulled down by Jan Vertonghen and scored one goal in the League Cup.
Charalampos Mavrias, Sunderland
One of Paolo Di Canio's smarter signings was Charalampos Mavrias, a 20-year-old Greek winger who offered excitement from the right flank.
But the Premier League appeared to come a little too soon for him in his development, and after a short spell in the first team he was relegated to a training role.
We haven't really seen him since.
Scott Sinclair, Manchester City
Scott Sinclair's career trajectory was pointing firmly upward after a great debut season in the Premier League, and while better men have been unable to resist the riches of Manchester City in the past, his decision to join them was, in hindsight, a mistake.
He spent all of his first campaign at City on the bench before moving on loan to West Bromwich Albion this past season and failing to crack the starting XI there.
Brek Shea, Stoke City
Fans based in the U.S. won't have forgotten that Brek Shea is still (loosely) based in the Premier League, though almost everyone else has.
He's made no impact at the Potters since joining in January 2013, and he has since moved from the United States' answer on the wing to being deemed not international quality.
Emmanuel Mayuka, Southampton
Emmanuel Mayuka spent the season out on loan at Sochaux despite Southampton being woefully short of attacking options post-Dani Osvaldo's implosion.
The Zambian international, famous for his role in the country's unexpected Africa Cup of Nations win in 2012, is targeting a return to the Saints first team next season, per BBC Sport.
Jack Butland, Stoke City
At this rate, Jack Butland is on course to smash Andros Townsend's loan record.
He can't find a regular place at Stoke City due to Asmir Begovic's consistent brilliance, and the only question more pertinent to ask him than "when are you going to leave?" is "why did you join the Potters in the first place?"
Charles N'Zogbia, Aston Villa
Had Charles N'Zogbia not torn his Achilles' during the offseason last summer, he'd probably have spent the year on the transfer list and in the reserves regardless.
Paul Lambert wants a No. 10 to finish his team, but N'Zogbia's attitude and inconsistencies on the pitch irritate him to no end. His shirt number was given to Andi Weimann at the start of last season, and he's firmly out of contention, having not played for 12 months.
Sylvain Marveaux, Newcastle United
At one stage, Sylvain Marveaux looked like a rather impressive find from the depths of Ligue 1.
He joined Newcastle United from Rennes in 2011, but after initially showing a fair amount of promise, his production—like Gabriel Obertan—never improved, and he became a distrusted member of the squad.
According to The Journal, he's available for £3 million.
Ignacio Scocco, Sunderland
According to The Daily Mail, Argentine sides are forming an orderly queue to bring Ignacio Scocco back to his homeland.
He only signed for Sunderland in January, penning a two-and-a-half year deal, but failed to start, failed to score and fell down the pecking order as Connor Wickham led the Black Cats to survival.