Although it seems as though Swansea have a monopoly over Premier League youngsters, they actually don’t. There are plenty of players around with little chance of first-team action who would do well to get some experience by dropping down a division or two. We bring you one from every club – no older than 21 (with one exception) – who need some football…
CHELSEA TO SWOOP FOR SEAGULL?
Having received a transfer ban reprieve, Chelsea were expected to be the biggest spenders this month. But as we approach the halfway point in the window, the Blues are yet to make any moves.
Sheffield United v West Ham
Looking at their squad, man for man, I genuinely can’t explain how Sheffield United are eighth in the Premier League in the same way I can’t explain how EasyJet can fly me to Poland for £11.99 but a taxi from Newcastle to Hartlepool at 4am in the morning costs 90 sovs. West Ham are doing OK, though, after the second coming of the Moyesiah. And 10/11 that they don’t lose at Bramall Lane looks good.
After looking at every Premier League club’s greatest ever January signing, let’s check out their worst.
ARSENAL – Kaba Diawara
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might see Dennis Bergkamp’s FA Cup semi-final penalty miss as the point Arsenal’s Double became Manchester United’s Treble in 1999, but the sliding doors moment arguably came even later.
Liverpool are in a three-way battle to sign Brighton defender Ben White, according to reports.
White has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Leeds United this season, where he is on loan for the campaign.
ARSENAL – Shkodran Mustafi
‘King of blunders’, says Emmanuel Petit and too old to be taught how to defend, according to Ian Wright. The most expensive German defender ever is the worst of a bad lot when it comes to Arsenal’s centre-backs. The Gunners would certainly sell for the right price, especially since Mikel Arteta knows he is obligated to buy more defenders, but no club out there is willing to be the patsy.
INS: Danny Drinkwater (loan, Chelsea)
OUTS: Andre Green (loan, Charlton).
OUTS: Anders Dreyer (loan, FC Midtjylland)
OUTS: Adam Phillips and Ryan Cooney (loan, Morecambe), Christian N’Guessan (loan, Oldham), Anthony Glennon (loan, Grimsby).
Newcastle are reported to be keen on a move for Brighton centre-forward Glenn Murray.
The veteran striker has found playing time hard to come by under Graham Potter with the 36-year-old making only three Premier League starts this season.
The 19-year-old Londoner was left contemplating his footballing future last summer when his contract expired at League One club AFC Wimbledon.