20 EPL Stars Who Could Use a Change of Scenery
20 EPL Stars Who Could Use a Change of Scenery
Sometimes it's luck, not feeling wanted or the need of a fresh start, but the Premier League is littered with talents who could benefit from a move to a different club. Many players find a move to a new club can either make or break them as a top-level player. We all remember Darren Bent's spell on Tottenham's bench, don't we?
Sometimes managers will play a player out of position; sometimes they will be benched without reason and sometimes players just aren't happy (for example, Carlos Tevez at his English clubs). So, it's best for players to move on and start fresh. There are many examples of this working out for players and clubs alike.
Another example of how a change of scenery can help is Daniel Sturridge. The talented forward struggled at both Manchester City and Chelsea, but since moving to Liverpool, he has been one of the best forwards in the Premier League. Sometimes a new city, new belief and a fresh start can be just what a player needs. Daniel Sturridge is now one of Liverpool and England's best players and if Liverpool were to sell him, there would be a whole host of clubs chasing his services.
Here are 20 Premier League players who could do with a fresh change of scenery for different reasons. Where will they move? Nobody knows, but these 10 players need a move to either save their career, or for it to truly blossom into the one they've always dreamed it would become.
20. Thomas Vermaelen- Arsenal
Vermaelen was a gigantic rock when he first joined Arsenal, but now the Belgian international is a struggling player. As they say, form is temporary and class is permanent, so maybe a new club would help Thomas rediscover his form of old.
19. Romelu Lukaku- Chelsea
Lukaku has been a sensation at both West Brom and Everton during his loan spells at the two clubs, but Chelsea do not seem to appreciate his services. Perhaps a permanent departure would benefit both parties.
18. Shinji Kagawa- Manchester Untited
Shinji is a talented player and has shown flashes of brilliance for Manchester United, but he is the type of player that needs to play in 90% of his teams games, and he will not do that at Old Trafford.
17. Dimitar Berbatov- Fulham
Berbatov has not been at Fulham for long, but he seems to miss fighting for trophies and lacks any real source of energy. Perhaps a bigger club would fulfil his ambitions and provide him with what he needs.
16. John Heitinga- Everton
Heitinga is a capable defender, but he has struggled to get in to the first team lately, and when he has he has failed to impress. Possibly a victim of Everton's current success, and a move to a new club would only help the defender.
15. Nicklas Bendtner- Arsenal
Bendtner has outstayed his welcome at Arsenal, and now is the time for him to seek a fresh challenge, on a permanent basis. No more loans for Bendtner.
14. Luciano Becchio- Norwich City
Becchio has failed to get many chances at struggling Norwich, and it's clear to all he is a capable forward, but one who perhaps needs a fresh start to rediscover his goalscoring form.
13. Nikica Jelavic- Everton
Nikica Jelavic was a revelation in Scotland, and started well at Everton, but he cannot score at the moment. Everton appear to of lost faith in him and he needs a new spark, from a new club.
12. Gabriel Agbonlahor- Aston Villa
Gabriel is adored by the Aston Villa fans and he has been a great player for them for many years. He is edgeing towards his prime and if he still has hopes of becoming an England regular then he should look at advancing his club career. A team like Tottenham would be a big, but needed move for him.
11. Patrice Evra- Manchester Untied
Patrice Evra has been a solid player for Manchester United, but he is not getting any younger and it's been evident that United are after a new left back for quite some time now. Patrice needs to find a club that loves him, and one that can benefit from him, even in his ageing years. Maybe a return to France would help his career.
10. Ashley Young - Manchester United
Ashley Young was a revelation at Aston Villa, but since his move to Manchester United, he has been unable to stay healthy, he has found it hard to stay in the starting team, and his frustrations can be seen recently as he continues to dive and cheat his way in to the media headlines.
9. Fernando Torres - Chelsea
Fernando was one of the best strikers in the world until he moved to Chelsea from Liverpool. Despite moments of brilliance, his form has suffered. There are constantly rumors of Chelsea wanting to replace him, and perhaps a move away (for a much smaller fee) will be just what he needs.
8. Nani - Manchester United
A talented player who seemed set for bigger things once he moved to Manchester United, it hasn't quite worked out for Nani. With plenty of competition, he is finding it tough to get more then substitute appearances and he will need to move to another club so he can once again find his form of old.
7. James Milner - Manchester City
A Man City and England regular, can James benefit from a move to another club? Often starting on the bench or being substituted, Milner may feel he can be the star of the show and may move to a lesser club to fulfill his ambitions.
6. Joleon Lescott - Manchester City
Joleon is prone to the occasional blip of bad form, but he is one of the better defenders in England. He has proven his worth for both club and country, and he will be moving in the near future. Look for him to rebuild his career similar to Gareth Barry, who moved from Manchester City to Everton last summer.
5. Aaron Lennon - Tottenham
At one time, Lennon was one of the most frightening, fastest wingers the English game had to offer, but recent years have seen him become a frustrating player that perhaps needs a fresh start. He used to be an important squad member of both Tottenham and England, but he is now nowhere near the starting 11 of either. A move elsewhere could bring his once promising England career back to life.
4. Demba Ba - Chelsea
When Ba moved to Newcastle, he was relatively unknown. He scored several goals, making himself a threat to to keep an eye on, but it's all gone downhill since his hot start to life in England. Pappis can find that form once again, but Chelsea have lost faith in him, so it'd be best for him to move elsewhere to find the spark his move to Newcastle once did.
3. Emmanuel Adebayor - Tottenham
One of the Premier League and Tottenham's greatest-ever strikers, it could be time for him to move elsewhere with him ageing and falling behind others in the Tottenham pecking order. Where that will be, nobody knows. Many clubs are linked to him, but expect him to go to yet another Premier League club.
2. Juan Mata - Chelsea
For various reasons, he has fallen out of favour at Chelsea, and he deserves better than that. The victim of too much competition, Mata would be an instant starter if he was to move to any other Premier League team. Expect him to leave in the next year and we will see the best of Juan Mata once again.
1. Javier Hernandez - Manchester United
On his day, he is one of the Premier League's finest strikers, but the problem is that he doesn't get many of these days to prove himself. Hernandez has been a sensation for Manchester United, especially when considering his limited minutes. Although he's very much in David Moyes' plans, perhaps he needs a move away to get more minutes, which will in turn help his suffering international form.