Five players you’d forgotten were still in the Premier League
In the last year, Chelsea have begun something of an evolution, moving on players such as Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Jose Bosingwa and Raul Meireles. Quite how Florent Malouda failed to be part of this exodus is beyond me, but Malouda has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge to such an extent that he trains with the youth team squad.
Just ridiculous. Johnson is 24 years old, and was thought to have a bright future ahead of him after impressing early into his Manchester City career. His last Premier League appearance was as a late substitute against West Ham in September 2009, so in more than three years he has had one short spell at Leicester City. Does he not actually want to play football?
Last played in February, but only made six appearances in the whole of last season as he fell out of favour. Now injured until January 2013 with a serious hip injury, one suspects that Davies will want to move on loan if he continues to be out of the reckoning at Craven Cottage. At 33, he has probably one move in him.
Ahhh, the worst Spanish striker going. Signed for £5.7million, but after making two substitute appearances at the beginning of 2010/11, Xisco has again fallen out of favour and been loaned to Deportivo. However, last week the forward actually trended on Twitter after scoring a hat trick for the under-21 Newcastle side, sparking rumours of a call up for the Europa League game against Club Brugge. He was not named in the squad.
A really weird one. When Arismendi made the questionable decision to move from Nacional (one of the most famous South American clubs) in Montevideo to Stoke City he was 20 years old and had two Uruguayan caps, including against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier. Since arriving in the Potteries for a fee of £2.6million (rising to £4.8million), he has never made a single Premier League appearance, and has actually been left out of their 25-man squad for this season. Amazingly, he remains at the club.