After this tortuously long international break, the end of the transfer window seems like it was in a different decade. The turmoil for players, managers and clubs will still be fresh in many minds, however, as people come to terms with their last minute decisions or summer failings.
The nature of the window system leaves players, particularly, regretting their decisions for several months, unable to do anything about their mistakes. There is no second chance (until January) and players are left with a significant percentage of their short careers wasting away. Without a chance to make a fresh start, or even rebuild their reputations in some cases.
Maybe some players are left wondering why they didn’t make more of an effort to move on, why they held firm at a place they weren’t really wanted or needed. Or perhaps there is even optimism they can still become a star at their club.
Whatever it is, this five should’ve done something to force a move this summer…
Of all of the flops in Premier League history, Memphis is unfortunately up there.
Despite everything pointing to the player still being capable of competing at the top level, he simply could not produce the goods in Louis van Gaal’s rigid, restrictive system. Jose Mourinho has shown little interest in using the Dutchman either and it would’ve made sense to cut his losses this summer and start afresh.
Moses had become a bit of a loan specialist over the previous few seasons and looks unlikely to ever make much of a regular impact upon the Chelsea first team.
Although he had a decent season with the Blues under Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo, his career has shot rapidly downhill since that point and it has left the Nigerian winger somewhat in the lurch.
It is tricky to envisage where he may have gone, but staying at Chelsea will just further his stagnation.
Arsenal’s addition of Lucas Perez has further increased competition for the forward roles in the side and simultaneously shunted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain further down the pecking order.
Just as Jack Wilshere did, Chamberlain should have looked for a move away from the club. He may be in Arsene Wenger’s plans for this season, but another year without being a regular starter is further going to stifle his potential and damage his career in the longer term.
Crouch may have scored a Capital One Cup hat-trick at Stevenage, but it’s hardly enough to base a meaningful season of football on. Even for a veteran.
The arrival of Wilfried Bony to accompany Mame Diouf and Jon Walters has sent Crouch out of consideration and leaves the former England star without a genuine chance of starting Premier League matches this season.
Surely he still wants to be a key figure and there are plenty of clubs that would welcome a player of his quality.
Liverpool’s midfield is a crowded place.
Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum are battling for first team minutes, while the experience of Lucas Leiva sits looking on.
The Brazilian has been falling in the Reds’ pecking order for some time now and this summer should have been his cue to leave.