5 players who should leave their Premier League clubs this transfer window
Most players on Premier League rosters are not getting much first-team action. Many would be better off elsewhere. Footballers only have one career. For it to be a good one they must play not sit. The January transfer window is a perfect opportunity to find a better situation. Here are five footballers who should leave their Premier League sides this month in search of football.
The bald Irishman's career has been plagued by injury. When fit he is a very talented player. His game time at Stoke City has been extremely scarce due to both injury and former boss Mark Hughes' preference. Ireland did not make a senior appearance for the Potters last season. He has only made two this campaign.
He had a run-out for caretaker boss Eddie Niedzwiecki at Old Trafford while new manager Paul Lambert watched from the stands. If the Scot was impressed the player may find minutes at the Bet365. If he wasn't the former Man City midfielder should move on now.
Ireland is still only 31 years-old. He has proven himself in the Premier League. There's no question he would be a coup for a youngish Premier League or Championship outfit.
Another who has had injury problems but also needs a fresh start. Wickham has fallen down Roy Hodgson's pecking order at Selhurst Park. The Englishman has only featured for Crystal Palace eight times this season.
The 24-year-old was tipped as a future star at Ipswich Town. He was snapped up by Sunderland in 2011 with great expectations. He has not quite lived up to the hype. Loan spells at Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday preceded a move to the Eagles. A fresh start would suit him.
The 28 year-old is a talented goalkeeper but Southampton's second choice behind Fraser Forster. He was also a back-up for both Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace. He proved with his spell at Reading that he is good enough to be a club's number one but hasn't found an opportunity to establish himself. He should move to a Championship club to find more games.
The Portuguese international is vastly experienced in the Premier League even though his £8 million move from So'ton to West Ham last January has not worked out. He is now 34 and needs first-team football. A fan favourite at St Mary's for seven seasons, he too would be a coup for a team needing to consolidate at the back. Would Fonte be welcomed back down south? Will Paul Lambert call?
There was giddy excitement from Leicester City fans when the Nigerian international signed from Russian giant CSKA Moscow in 2016, just months after the Premier League had been won. The Foxes forked out £18 million to bring the striker to England. They have been sitting on the money. He has been frozen out of the side this season and linked with a move away in the summer. His World Cup prospects depend on it. There will be clubs sniffing around after Musa this January. It appears his Leicester career is over before it could begin.