10 Premier League Players Who Must Secure Transfers This Summer
The transfer window is in full swing, but there are still swathes of players who need to move on from their current clubs and use the summer to their personal advantage.
Here, we've collated 10 of the most prominent who need to engineer something for themselves. You might even be surprised to hear some of them are still on the pay roll.
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Lewis Holtby, Tottenham Hotspur
Signing Lewis Holtby was a nice idea 18 months ago, but he's failed to carve out a role in Tottenham Hotspur's team and stands surplus to requirements.
The departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Swansea City and the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino—a manager who loves a work-horse midfielder—may convince him to stick around and give it a final go at White Hart Lane, but the easiest route is to find a new home.
Boyhood club Everton, or a slew of Premier League and Bundesliga teams, could use him as a key player.
Ashley Young, Manchester United
With Louis van Gaal moving to a 3-4-1-2 formation, Ashley Young's chances of making the Manchester United first team have become even slimmer.
Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj and perhaps even Wayne Rooney are ahead of him in contention to play in the No. 10 role, and with no wingers in use, Young's role is limited—if at all existent.
He's just turned 29 and could be of serious use to a mid-table Premier League club looking to breach the elite.
Gabriel Obertan, Newcastle United
Gabriel Obertan, once fancied to become the next big thing, saw his career peak at Manchester United in 2009 and slowly spiral downward from there.
The Daily Mail have revealed he is not in Alan Pardew's plans for the new season, and there may well be a lower-tier Premier League or Ligue 1 club willing to take a cheap punt on him.
He's got pace and dribbling ability but struggles frequently when delivering the final ball.
Lucas Leiva, Liverpool
Either Lucas Leiva or Joe Allen is likely to be pushed out of Liverpool this summer, with competition in the midfield too fierce for both to survive.
Many fans would sooner see Allen leave than Lucas, but the former counters as a valuable homegrown player by UEFA Champions League standards, and clubs must work to retain those candidates.
Emre Can, a new recruit from Bayer Leverkusen, is essentially a better version of Lucas in every department already.
Jonas Gutierrez, Newcastle United
Jonas Gutierrez was once a key figure at Newcastle United and used his form for the club to propel himself into Argentina's starting XI for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Fast-forward four years and he's been told to find a new club, per the Daily Mail, after a fairly drab loan spell at Norwich City ended in a lack of impact and relegation from the Premier League.
He's likely a cheap/free transfer for anyone looking for depth.
Antonio Luna, Aston Villa
Antonio Luna has fallen a long way in 12 months.
This time last year, he was just joining Aston Villa to solve their left-back problem, while supporters saw a Copa del Rey winners' medal with Sevilla and hoped for the best.
He's now one of just two senior players to be left out of the squad that's embarked on a preseason tour to Texas, USA, per the Birmingham Mail, and he will need to find a new club.
Kieran Richardson and Joe Bennett are the left-siders Paul Lambert has chosen to stick with.
Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal
Arsenal may be extremely reluctant for Thomas Vermaelen to leave the club, but he's firmly a reserve behind the exceptional Per Mertesacker-Laurent Koscielny partnership.
He needs games, he has one year left on his deal and the suggestions are there are plenty of suitors sniffing around. Jeremy Mathieu's £15 million move to Barcelona could and perhaps should have been Vermaelen's instead.
He'd be perfect for Manchester United's 3-4-1-2.
Nani, Manchester United
Manchester United's decision to hand Nani a new five-year contract late last year remains one of the most baffling footballing choices made in recent history.
Like Ashley Young, his impact is severely diminished due to the removal of the wingers in Louis van Gaal's chosen system, and he stands little chance of featuring anywhere else.
The temptation to sit on his new deal will be huge, but if Nani values the rest of his career, he needs to go.
He'll be 31 years old when his current contract ends.
Alan Hutton, Aston Villa
The Alan Hutton-Aston Villa relationship is a very peculiar one, in which both sides keep changing their minds.
Hutton originally wanted to stay, but the club shipped him out on loan to Real Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers.
With Leandro Bacuna and Matthew Lowton likely ahead of him in the pecking order at right-back/right-wing-back, there's not much use for Hutton at Villa Park.
Anderson, Manchester United
Anderson is in the final year of his contract and will likely be allowed to leave for very little.
Manchester United aren't exactly swimming with options in midfield, but at this stage, they all look better bets than him.
The Brazilian failed to make an impact on loan at Fiorentina during the second half of last season when presented the chance to find some fitness, and he's had difficulty finding a club willing to pay him similar wages to what the Red Devils do.
One more year in obscurity at Old Trafford and he might just be forgotten altogether.
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