With the sound of a New Year comes the opening of the mid-season transfer window, when clubs seek to add quality in some suspect areas, and when some players see as the time to switch clubs- even if on a temporary basis- for more playing time.
And there are quite a few who should probably consider moving on this January, and with the World Cup around the corner, that’s another incentive for more playing time:
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
The injury-prone England striker has always been a curious case since Jurgen Klopp took charge at Liverpool, finding playing time a luxury. This season has been his most limited so far, he has made just five starts this season, all in the league, and definitely needs a move in this window to stand a chance of going to Russia. Two goals this season, in five starts, show he still has what it takes. Most Premier League (and European) clubs could do worse than getting Sturridge.
Ahmed Musa (Leicester)
It was a seeming masterstroke when Musa joined Leicester from CSKA Moscow in the summer of 2016, a side with a reputation for effective counter-attacking football acquiring a pacey winger-cum-striker, what could possibly go wrong? The answer, everything; the Nigerian scored only four times in a largely disappointing first season, and this term has been relegated to playing in the Checkatrade Trophy with the U-21s. His place in the Super Eagles starting line-up is already lost, he needs some significant upturn in form and playing time to ensure his place in the entire squad doesn’t evaporate as well.
Kevin Gameiro (Atletico Madrid)
The Frenchman’s time at the Spanish capital has been nowhere near commendable, and the season he has only made six league appearances. With Diego Costa now eligible to play for Los Colcheronos, Gameiro would be better off somewhere else. He’s already way behind in terms of a national spot.
Nico Gaitan (Atletico Madrid)
Another player who should probably seek a move away from Atletico, the Argentine has even less league appearances than Gameiro. A player of his talents would surely be welcome at many other clubs, and the arrival of Vitolo at the Metropolitano will only see him fall further down the pecking order.
Arda Turan (Barcelona)
You’re still here! How are you still here? The Turkish midfielder’s days of being hugely coveted by many seem lost in time, his three seasons at the Nou Camp have been utterly regrettable, and he hasn’t made any appearance under Ernesto Valverde. Surely he won’t stay beyond this season, at most?
Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal)
Another one that should be added to the ‘how are you still here!’ list. The Frenchman has been at the Emirates for four seasons now, hugely beset by injuries. Even Carl Jenkinson, who this term moved to Birmingham on loan, was ahead of him in the pecking order. Has made some appearances this campaign in the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League, but he surely has to move sooner rather than later.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Another Gunner who probably should be (sorry about this) gone. His appearances this season have been limited to the League Cup and Europa League as well, he hasn’t been one with luck on his side when an international tournament rolls around. There have been rumours linking him with the likes of West Ham, Everton and former club Southampton, teams who could benefit from having the speedy winger around.
Isaac Success (Watford)
Another Nigerian who arrived to much fanfare and for a relatively hefty sum, but has done very little of note. He barely has a look in the Hornets Matchday squad, and a call up from the Super Eagles looks miraculous. A move in this window is imperative.
Lucas Moura (PSG)
The once most sought-after Brazilian had Manchester United stewing when they missed out on him in 2012. He hasn’t been a constant in the side ever since he moved to the French capital, but this season his appearances have been heavily restricted, just six league games so far, thanks in no small part to Le Parisiens’ devastating forward trio. Perhaps it’s time for him to start to start looking elsewhere.
Andre Schurrle (Borussia Dortmund)
It almost seems like the tracks of Schurrle’s career so far, do well at a not-so-big club, then a bigger side comes calling, where he eventually finds himself on the fringes. It happened when he left Bayer Leverkusen for Chelsea, but after 18 months he sought playing time and moved to Wolfsburg. His performances attracted Borussia Dortmund, and 18 months on as well, he’s being relegated to the sidelines. Considering the depth of talent Germany have in their national setup, Schurrle would need the planets to align if he’s to snatch a World Cup spot. A move away might be a good start.