- Joe Hart (West Ham United):
Joe Hart was surprisingly loaned to Turin by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last season and it only demoralized him when he was loaned to West Ham this summer. After the appointment of David Moyes as the Hammers’ manager, Spanish goalkeeper Adrian has been Moyes’s man between the sticks. It must be agonizing for Hart given that he needs game time to cement his place in England’s starting XI in the World Cup and it would have been best for him had he got himself a new club in January.
- Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion):
The former Manchester United defender has rejuvenated his form with West Brom post his departure from Old Trafford. He has marshaled the troops well at the back but unfortunately for him, he still finds his club fighting in the relegation battle. It was expected that he might join one of Arsenal or Manchester City in the January transfer window but none of the moves materialized. It is sad for him and he will now have to wait and fight till next summer for a move away.
- Yaya Toure (Manchester City):
The Ivorian midfielder has been surplus to Pep Guardiola’s requirements at Manchester City. With the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva present in the midfield, the former Barcelona man has struggled to get any significant game time with the Blues. With the ageing factor not on his side, it would have been apt for Toure to find a new club and bless them with his services but sadly nothing of that sort happened this January.
- David Luiz (Chelsea):
The Brazilian has struggled to get his place back in the Chelsea side with Christensen playing immensely well and looking very difficult to be replaced at the moment. Luiz’s relationship with Antonio Conte also seems uncertain and there were rumors that the former Benfica man could have been used in Chelsea’s bid to bring Olivier Giroud to Stamford Bridge. Had that happened, it would have been beneficial both for Arsenal and Luiz but it seems we’ll have to wait till the summer to find out where Luiz’s future lies.
- Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City):
The Foxes have done well to keep the Algerian with them for so long even after winning the Premier League. But with the way things are going, it is difficult for Leicester to hold on to Mahrez for much long. The Algerian can win much more with the things he has to offer. Manchester City went in with a late bid for Mahrez on the deadline day but it was too late. Mahrez would have benefited a lot had he moved away in January itself but that didn’t happen.