EPL: One Player Each of the Champions League Contenders Should Sell
As the Premier League season prepares to break into December, all clubs are gearing up for a move in the January Transfer Window. The Premier League guns, most notably Liverpool, the London clubs and the Manchester heavyweigts, will be looking to add some quality to their squads.
However, there will be some players that will become surplus to requirements and should be shown the door for the sake of their personal career and the club.
Here is one player from each of the Top Six that should be sold come January.
Tottenham Hotspur: Sandro
Sandro made a lasting impression in a Tottenham strip when he was instrumental against Milan in last year's Champions League, where he seemed to cover every blade of grass physically possible. It didn't end there, as Sandro found his shooting boots when he netted a fantastic effort against Chelsea.
However, this year, the Brazilian has found himself on the fringe of a side that boasts a plethora of midfielders including Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart.
Though he does have time on his hands at the tender age of 22, five appearances from the opening day of the season doesn't bode well for his future. If he were sold now, Tottenham could look to get anything around the £15 million mark.
Liverpool: Joe Cole
I had to delve right into the library of photos to find a picture of Joe Cole wearing Liverpool red and playing competitively. It's been that long.
Joe Cole endured the worst possible start to his career at Anfield, earning a red card within the first 45 minutes of his debut. A return was then haunted with the miss of a penalty, and from then his career never caught light.
Now on loan at Lille, Cole has settled in better and is playing football week in, week out. Lille have made their long-term interest loan and it is beneficial for both parties that the attacking midfielder bids goodbye to the gates of Melwood.
Arsenal: Tomas Rosicky
It comes as no suprise that, as a consequence of the fantastic youth players Arsene Wenger has nurtured, Czezh Republican midfielder is now no longer needed to pull the strings in attack. Though natural, it is sad to see the erosion of playing time that so many older players—Rosicky included—are experiencing.
Sadly, players like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are better emerging players and are given the playing time at the cost of Rosicky.
The 30-year-old would still bring in anything around the £5 million mark, and I think a return to the Czech Republic or even an MLS move is probable.
Manchester City: Carlos Tevez
In a bizarre move last month, Carlos Tevez refused to play in a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. Since then, talks have broken down between Carlos' agent and City, and so the exit of a once loved star is inevitable.
The question is: where?
The likelihood is he will find himself plying his trade abroad, in Serie A. Allegedly, AC Milan have opened talks with Carlos Tevez, and are very interested in acquiring the unsettled Argentinian. But then again, every club under the sun has been linked with him, so we'll just have to wait and see how this particular saga pans out.
Chelsea: Nicolas Anelka
Anelka hasn't featured in a Chelsea strip for over three weeks now, even though Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres have been far from impressive. Andre Villas-Boas has made it clear that he is not needed anymore, and Anelka himself has bid an informal goodbye to Chelsea.
Manchester United: Michael Owen
Another striker, then.
The fact is, I almost forgot that Manchester United even had Owen. That is how much United play him. It's not rocket science working out that if a player doesn't play, he doesn't need to be at the club.
Like David Beckham, a former England great may be on his way to America next season.