As the summer transfer window comes to a close, a number of Premier League players will be hoping for moves to resurrect stalled careers.
Whether it be through competition for places, tactical change, managerial disagreements or simple poor form, these individuals need a change of scenery to get back on track.
Here, Football Whispers profile eight top Premier League players who will be hoping for a move on deadline day.
ADRIÁN (WEST HAM UNITED)
While he may have signed a new contract with the club earlier in the summer, Adrián’s future at West Ham doesn’t look particularly exciting. Having lost his No.1 spot to Darren Randolph last term he started less than half of the club’s league games, and Joe Hart’s arrival only limits his chances further.
The Spaniard is a good reactive goalkeeper with excellent reflexes and a knack for succeeding at close range. While he would be a sound back-up option for teams much higher up the table, a move to another bottom-half side, such as Newcastle United, could give him the game time he deserves.
ROSS BARKLEY (EVERTON)
A hamstring injury has reportedly put Tottenham Hotspur off moving for Barkley, but Chelsea remain keen on the gifted Englishman. And, with his contract up next summer and his place in the Everton line-up now anything but assured, a move is necessary.
At 23 years of age, he has the raw physical and technical qualities needed to succeed at the highest level. Perhaps Antonio Conte could use these traits and combine them with tactical acumen to finally bring out the best in one of the country’s most promising youngsters.
NACER CHADLI (WEST BROMWICH ALBION)
The arrivals of Jay Rodriguez and Oliver Burke have added edge to West Brom’s attack. However, they have seriously disrupted Chadli’s plans of starting spot this season. In fairness, the Belgian didn’t help himself having fallen out with manager Tony Pulis during pre-season.
Now the former Tottenham man is in need of a move simply to ensure he gets regular time on the pitch. Swansea City have been linked, and conveniently the Welsh club may be able to make better use of his talents.
DIEGO COSTA (CHELSEA)
The relationship between Costa and his manager, Conte, is fractured beyond repair. The Italian boss’ laughed in a recent press conference when asked about his striker’s latest retort, though an equally appropriate response would have been to cry wildly.
The Spanish hitman was key to Chelsea’s title win last season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future cannot go on. It undermines squad morale and could disrupt hopes of both Premier League retention and Champions League progress.
He may want a January return to Atlético Madrid, but until then it would be best if he went on loan to another Premier League side – Everton have been linked.
FABIAN DELPH (MANCHESTER CITY)
There was a school of thought that Delph would fit Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, at least for the short-term, due to his combative spirit, energy and sound technique. However, last season he made just seven league starts.
Previously an England regular, the midfielder now barely features on the periphery at international level. But at 27 years of age he still has plenty to offer most Premier League sides. Dropping down to a mid-table outfit would boost his status and rejuvenate his career.
MAMADOU SAKHO (LIVERPOOL)
An established France international with close to 30 caps at senior level, the owner of the No.3 shirt at club level and a proven high quality centre-back with good technical and physical attributes, Sakho is everything a Premier League side would want in a defender. But there’s virtually zero per cent chance of him playing for Liverpool this season.
It’s a strange state of affairs that dates back to last summer. The 27-year-old was late for a team flight during pre-season and was instantly ostracised. He hasn’t played for the Reds since, but reconfirmed his class on loan at Crystal Palace last term. He must find a permanent move if he is to maximise his significant talent.
CHRIS SMALLING (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Once Marcos Rojo is back to full fitness, there’s a high chance that Smalling will become Manchester United’s fifth-choice centre-back. He is also behind Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelöf in this position.
Furthermore, any attempt to force his way into a back three – should José Mourinho opt for this shape – would also be met with added competition from the versatile Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.
The 27-year-old has over 150 league appearances for the current Premier League table-toppers, but a move will be necessary if he is to retain any serious hopes of going with England to the 2018 World Cup.
West Ham were linked with a move for him earlier in the window, and it would not be a surprise if others – such as recently linked Leicester City – put in an offer for the player.
JACK WILSHERE (ARSENAL)
Once touted as the brightest young talent in the English game as he held court with Barcelona at Camp Nou in a Champions League clash, Wilshere’s career has petered out amid a series of unfortunate injuries and poor choices.
Now 25, his days as a prospect are long gone, and he should leave Arsenal if he has any desire to fulfil even some of his immense potential. Many foreign suitors have been linked at various stages, including AC Milan, Roma and Real Betis, but he may favour a domestic switch.