Deadline day was full of its usual antics, from Side Show Bob returning to London to Jack Wilshere’s grand opening of a new nightclub on the South Coast. However, some weren’t so fortunate, meaning certain players are now stuck behind ‘bars’ until January, at least.
Here’s our XI who look set to keep the bench warm, or if they’re lucky, get a run out for the reserves this season…
GK) Sergio Romero (Man United)
In light of Dave Saves staying at Old Trafford after last summer’s Real Madrid fiasco, it seems that Romero will have to settle for the no.2 jersey again this season. How a ‘keeper of the Argentine’s quality is happy to act as a stand-by player, we are not sure. To be Argentina’s number 1, and not play regularly must be infuriating for the lad.
RB) Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal)
After the Frenchman’s club blocked any loan offers taking the right back out of North London, Mathieu looks set to be at the Emirates for ‘a-just-in-case’ scenario. Seems harsh for a defender who’s been capped over 25 times for his country.
CB) Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
What is it with Liverpool centre-backs and taking ‘slimming pills’? Anyway, moving on, that isn’t the Frenchman’s biggest worry. After being sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season for being late on three occasions, Anfield boss, Klopp, says Sakho has no role to play this season. Yet, the centre-back is still hanging around in the Kop wings! Deluded, or thick-skinned?
CB) Phil Jones (Man United)
The greatest face-maker the Premier League has ever seen, looks set to have a long season ahead under Jose Mourinho. The Englishman has too often failed to prove himself, whilst being hammered by injuries. Probably should have jumped into a cab with Wilfred Bony from Manchester and joined Stoke.
LB) Alberto Moreno (Liverpool)
Recently trolled by the Bayern Munich Twitter account, after the Arsenal horror show, life isn’t great for Moreno. Even an out-of-position James Milner is more trusted by Klopp than the Spanish defender.
CM) Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
It’s a shame for Cesc that he’s not even had a sniff at the start of the season, this is usually when the Spanish midfielder plays his best football and then goes missing after Christmas. But it seems that the ex-Gunner will be missing for the entire campaign with Conte’s endorsement of Matic and Kante, whilst Fabregas failed to prove himself in the no.10 role last season. Get your leg warmers on, Cesc.
CM) Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United)
Loved by all, hated by Jose. Basti’s fall from grace at the Red Devils has left everyone feeling sorry for him, Germany had to create a fuckin’ match for him to try cheer the midfielder up, only that made him more sad… ?. The ex-German captain has fallen well down the pecking order at Old Trafford, and looks set for a season captaining the U23’s.
CM) Yaya Toure (Man City)
The Ivorian’s banishment from the Citizens XI was never in doubt, given the centre-midfielder’s strenuous relationship with Pep at Barca. Shame, as Yaya has lit up some weekends over the past few years, the big lad should have definitely taken up some of the offers that came his way this summer.
RF) Danny Ings (Liverpool)
We feel quite sorry for Danny, from the peaks at the Lancashire club in Burnley – to now joining Daniel Sturridge in the local Sunday League XI. Will have very little game time this season; a return back to the North East should have happened before Deadline Day.
ST) Oumar Niasse (Everton)
Brutally not given a club number in the summer by the Merseyside blues, so clearly not in Ronald Koeman’s plans. The Senegal international is well behind team-mates in the manager’s eyes, and does not even look set to be warming the bench. TAXI.
LF) Saido Berahino (West Brom)
One of the stories of the transfer window last summer, he’s now being made to continually suffer by Tony Pulis. The gaffer prefers Salomon Rondon up top; so after once being heavily tipped to be England’s next star, let’s just hope the young lad’s talents don’t go to waste.
Doesn’t look a bad XI to us, though, anyone missing?