The summer transfer window is in full swing and for some Premier League clubs that could mean grabbing a few bargains by signing players who’ve fallen down the pecking order at big clubs.
These five players look like being surplus to requirements, but that doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer if the faith is restored in them.
Juan Cuadrado – Chelsea (Recommended club, Manchester City)
Whatever persuaded Jose Mourinho to splash out on the Colombian in January clearly didn’t impress the Special One in the flesh, with latest reports suggesting Cuadrado is up for sale.
Still, when previous flop Mohamed Salah was shipped off to Cuadrado’s former club Fiorentina on loan last season, the Egyptian winger excelled. Manchester City should be on alert as they are in need of wide forwards to compliment their 4-3-3 formation.
Younes Kaboul – Tottenham (Recommended club, Norwich)
The Frenchman’s fall from grace at Spurs has been spectacular. He was made skipper under Mauricio Pochettino last autumn before being stripped off the armband and marginalised as the season wore on.
Kaboul is capable of mistakes, but the 29-year-old has lots of top-flight experience and could help the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich or Watford.
Fabio Borini – Liverpool (Recommended club, West Ham or Sunderland)
The Italian’s Reds career has never lifted off, but the former Chelsea and Roma man showed on loan at Sunderland, where he got into double figures, that he can flourish when he’s given game time. Borini is quick and industrious and it’s no surprise to see West Ham interested.
Roberto Soldado – Tottenham (Recommended club, Southampton)
Spurs fans understandably had very high expectations of the Spaniard; given his goals record at Valencia before he joined the Lilywhites two summers ago for a hefty price tag.
Unfortunately for all involved it hasn’t worked out, as a measly return of seven Premier League goals highlights. It can be argued that Tottenham have not played to his strengths though. Being a genuine poacher-type, there hasn’t been the right service at times and he could benefit from a change in system or club. Southampton get the ball into the box a lot.
Rickie Lambert – Liverpool (Recommended club, West Brom)
A dream move to Anfield soon turned nightmarish for the Liverpudlian. Brendan Rodgers preferred to give Mario Balotelli the crack of the whip instead, despite the Italian toiling, and Lambert was reduced to cameos.
Having bagged 28 Premier League goals over the previous two campaigns at St.Mary’s, the likes of West Brom, who struggled to score enough last term, should be sniffing.
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