12 Players Who Will Regret Not Moving in January

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

12 Players Who Will Regret Not Moving in January

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    The January transfer window has long been shut, and several players are having to get used to life with their noses pressed against the glass.

    For some, the failure to secure a move away from their clubs during the transfer window will mean fewer, if any, opportunities in the weeks and months ahead and careers perhaps put on hold until business can be conducted again in the summer.

    Here are 12 players who are going to have to get used to life on the outside looking in.

Saido Berahino

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    The strange standoff between Saido Berahino and West Bromwich Albion goes on, with the young forward still at the club despite what appears to be hostility on all sides.

    Berahino has been starting more matches under Tony Pulis after what had seemed to be a complete breakdown in communication between player and manager, but you get the feeling his presence at the Hawthorns is merely just a face-saving exercise for the club by this point.

Jose Enrique

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    Will Jose Enrique regret not leaving Liverpool and returning to Newcastle United (something he was in talks over doing, as per the Mirror), or is he just happy to sit on his £65,000-a-week Anfield contract and wait for his career at the club to end in the summer?

    The Spaniard opted to stay at Liverpool despite his actual options to play looking severely limited, and although he wore the captain's armband in January's FA Cup third-round replay against Exeter City, it would be a huge shock to see him wearing the club's shirt again.

Charles N'Zogbia

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    Rather like Enrique and Liverpool, there's a strong argument to suggest Charles N'Zogbia won't regret not moving away from Aston Villa in January because he's going to benefit financially for not doing very much.

    Indeed, as John Percy noted in the Daily Telegraph, the Frenchman could pocket £1.3 million before his contract expires at the end of the season without even playing another game for the relegation certainties.

    Not bad work if you can get it.

Serge Gnabry

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    It's got to be a second-tier loan move for Serge Gnabry now if the once-promising Arsenal youngster is to get any football this season, with his loan spell at West Brom cut short because of a lack of action and all other routes away now blocked.

    The quicksilver winger was once a great hope for Wenger and the Gunners supporters, and although the 20-year-old will be regretting not earning a loan switch away just yet, he could complete a short-term switch to the Championship before too long.

Radamel Falcao

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    Remember Radamel Falcao? The fading Colombian forward hasn't been seen on a football pitch since coming on for the final 14 minutes of Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at the end of October, with his Blues career falling completely flat since his loan switch from Monaco in the summer.

    Quite what Jose Mourinho was thinking bringing him to Stamford Bridge in the first place perhaps only the pair's agent, Jorge Mendes, knows. Falcao now needs a change of environment quickly.

Loic Remy

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    According to the Daily Mirror, he could have been the player to help try and bring the Premier League title to Leicester City, but Loic Remy remains mired in mid-table with Chelsea, sitting on their bench and watching the return to form of Diego Costa.

    The French forward has found opportunities hard to come by since his switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014. For his next move, he could do with going somewhere where he would be guaranteed more first-team action.

Wilfried Bony

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    He's been injured recently so we shouldn't be too harsh on him. But during his absence, Wilfried Bony has watched the 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho look much better suited to the way Manchester City play than the Ivorian has ever been.

    It just hasn't really happened for Bony since his £28 million from Swansea City to Manchester City in January 2015, and you have to wonder just how many opportunities he'll get before the window opens in the summer, when there is sure to be plenty of interest in a forward of his calibre. 

Adnan Januzaj

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    His loan spell at Borussia Dortmund didn't quite work out for him, but surely Adnan Januzaj should have pushed for another temporary switch away from Old Trafford in January to try and boost his hopes of playing at Euro 2016 with Belgium?

    Since his return to United, he's only figured in four minutes of action, coming on as an 86th-minute substitute against Southampton and watching Saints forward Charlie Austin score the winner a minute later. Hardly an auspicious introduction.

Kyle Lafferty

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    Another player who looks primed for a loan switch to the Championship, Norwich City forward Kyle Lafferty has barely got a look-in at Carrow Road this season, playing just three matches in all competitions.

    As Northern Ireland's premier forward going into Euro 2016, the 28-year-old, who has had a nomadic career with the likes of Burnley, Rangers, FC Sion, Palermo and Turkish club Caykur Rizespor, will hope for some game time to get his eye in, as he's certainly not getting that with the Canaries.

Adam Bogdan

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    Adam Bogdan's first three Liverpool appearances were actually OK. They all came in the League Cup, and the former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper was generally impressive as the Reds beat Carlisle United, Bournemouth and Southampton, saving three penalties in the shootout victory over the League 2 side.

    Since then, though, shocking errors in the Premier League against Watford and the FA Cup against Exeter City have seen his Reds career crumble away, with young goalkeeper Danny Ward established as Liverpool's No. 2 behind Simon Mignolet.

    He needs to move on quickly.

Victor Wanyama

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    After his third red card of the season in his side's recent clash with West Ham United, Southampton's Victor Wanyama is in danger of being seen as a liability by his club. In turn, that will threaten his chances of earning a move elsewhere.

    With the ex-Chelsea man Oriol Romeu coming into the side in his place and helping the Saints keep up what has been excellent recent form, Wanyama could struggle to get back into the starting XI when he returns from suspension, making his red cards even more costly.

Wes Brown

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    New signing Lamine Kone has quickly become a favourite among the Sunderland fans, and his presence has ensured the longtime central-defensive partnership of John O'Shea and Wes Brown has been broken up.

    Brown has been the man to miss out in that development, being relegated to the bench for the recent matches against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Kone's performances in all of them suggesting he could be staying there for a while.


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