English Premier League: 5 Players Who Should Move Clubs in January
After a hectic transfer window with endless rumors and not even half as many transfers, teams and players alike are regarding the January transfer window as a haven—whether the purpose is to stock up on players or to leave their current team.
Of course everybody is concentrating on the matches themselves, but it can never hurt to look ahead to the future.
The following slides will be of players who haven't been getting their talent's worth at their current clubs, and who I think should move.
Though most transfer articles are from the perspective of the specific team, this one is going to be why each player should be moving for their own benefit.
Here are the five people.
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Current Team: Arsenal
Rosicky was regarded as a very talented player when he was much younger. Now about 10 years later, he doesn't have a great reputation among Arsenal fans, and is looked at as useless.
Well, it was a mixture of injuries, lack of playing time and inability to rise to the occasion that kept Tomas Rosicky from being the player that he seemed on track to be.
Now, he doesn't start for the Gunners, as Arsene Wenger's midfield is already in place with the likes of Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey and new signing Mikel Arteta.
Despite the fact that the team lacks a creative midfielder to provide the spark for the attack, it doesn't seem like Tomas Rosicky can do so.
Possible Transfers To: Rosicky would definitely find playing time at many decent Premier Leagues sides. There is no doubt that teams such as Swansea City, Sunderland, Wolverhampton and Wigan Athletic would benefit from his presence.
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Current Team: Liverpool
Maxi Rodriguez came through Newell's Old Boys, an Argentine team. He was another player who everyone said could possibly become something special.
Unlike Rosicky, he actually did extremely well with his potential, signing for major teams: Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and, of course, Liverpool.
Over the course of both his club and international career, he has scored many goals, and played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Many people remember him for his amazing strike against Mexico in the the knockout stages. He also traveled with Argentina to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but he didn't have the same impact there.
At Liverpool, he doesn't see much playing time due to players like Charlie Adam, Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and Stewart Downing.
Possible Transfers To: Rodriguez would be a hit for almost any team outside the "big six" in the Premier League. Clubs like Everton would most likely be happy to have Maxi Rodriguez as part of their midfield.
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Current Team: Manchester United
Speaking of talent, here's Michael Owen. As a youngster, he was a phenom; a player that several team wanted to have at all cost. Liverpool were that lucky team, and they got the most out of him that any other team got.
At Anfield, Owen scored 118 goals in 216, and earned the reputation of world-class striker. Winning the Ballon D'Or in 2001, and being part of the Domestic Team of the Decade in England (between 1992 and 2002), Owen left for Real Madrid where he performed quite well.
After a spell in Spain, he moved to Newcastle, where he grew older and became less wanted. Then in 2009, United signed him.
There, however, he hasn't gotten much playing time, given that United have so many strikers: Chicharito, Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck and, of course, Wayne Rooney. He has only appeared 31 times for the Red Devils so far.
Possible Transfers To: Michael Owen is now considered dead-weight, and I'm not so sure that he would really be that wanted at this point in time. He would only get regular starts for lower teams, but it's for sure that staying at Old Trafford won't provide him with so much playing time.
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Current Team: Chelsea
Anelka started his youth career at French side Paris Saint-Germain, where he developed a reputation for being able to put the ball into the back of the net.
After switching to many, many different teams in France, England, Spain and Turkey, he finally wound up at Chelsea in 2008.
Many people say that Anelka is someone who doesn't have talent, and scores very boring goals that take no skill. Though this is partly true, as he isn't the type of player who scores the flashiest goals, it's a testament to his positioning skills and knowledge of the game; he always knows exactly where to be to finish.
At Chelsea, the players who prevent him from seeing too much playing time are Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Romely Lukaku, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and others.
Possible Transfers To: I think that a clinical finisher like Anelka—who can be compared to the likes of Miroslav Klose and Darren Bent—would fare well at a medium-sized English club; he just stays in the shadow of stars at Chelsea, and that has hurt his reputation.
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Current Team: Manchester City
Last year, Carlos Tevez was the co-winner of the Premier League Golden Boot, since he and Dimitar Berbatov each scored 20 goals over the course of the season.
The Argentine is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, as he is able to everything; dribble, pass, shoot and think.
The issue with Tevez is that he doesn't bring a great attitude to Roberto Mancini's side. A few teammates have said that he is a bit of a downer, and that his chemistry with the coach and teammates isn't ideal.
While playing for Manchester City he has scored 43 goals in 65 appearances, a great goalscoring record of almost two goals every three games.
Despite this, Edin Dzeko and brand-new signing Sergio Aguero have taken his spot as strikers. Both men are red-hot, especially Aguero, who is really becoming a contender for this year's Premier League Golden Boot; the same award that Tevez won last year.