Identifying the One Player That Each Premier League Club Should Sell in January

The January transfer window is used reluctantly by managers. The more cautious of top flight bosses will think twice before adding to their squad, while those fighting relegation will desperately look for the perfect addition to save their season.

Selling players is a different matter, though and a number of clubs will be looking to trim their squad, especially with contracts running down.

Here we look at one player from every top flight side that may be in danger of leaving the club in the upcoming transfer window…

20. Arsenal – Mathieu Debuchy

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Arsenal fans feared the worst when regular starter Hector Bellerin picked up a knock last month and they were right. With Carl Jenkinson clearly not at the required level, the onus fell on one time first choice right back Mathieu Debuchy to fill the void.

The French international picked up a hamstring injury on his first game back for the Gunners, demonstrating why he has completely fallen out of favour under Arsene Wenger. Once the former Newcastle United man is back to fitness next month, he should be asked to move on.

Alternative option: Yaya Sanogo

19. Bournemouth – Lewis Grabban

Bournemouth v Cardiff City - Pre-Season Friendly

If there is one thing Bournemouth don’t need, it is strikers. The Cherries are awash with players who have the ability to score goals with Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Benik Afobe and Lys Mousset all on the books at the Vitality Stadium.

One man who should be deemed surplus to requirements now is Lewis Grabban. The 28-year-old has played just 57 minutes of Premier League football this season and does not seem to be part of Eddie Howe’s immediate plans.

Alternative option: Marc Pugh

18. Burnley – Michael Kightly

Burnley v Everton - Premier League

With his contract running out at the end of the season, Sean Dyche must seriously be considering cashing in on winger Michael Kightly. The former Wolves man has been used sparingly this season and has seen his opportunities limited by new signings.

The 30-year-old is no longer the slick wide man he once was and the Clarets should sell him for cheap in this window rather than losing him for nothing in the next. Kightly has played in just 5 top flight games this season, of which only one was a start.

Alternative option: Kevin Long

17. Chelsea – John Obi Mikel

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It is difficult to identify a Chelsea player that needs to be cut, with Antonio Conte using a small squad and that squad is doing very well at the moment. However, speak to most Blues supporters and they will tell you that it’s time for Mikel to leave Stamford Bridge.

Alternative option: Branislav Ivanovic 

16. Crystal Palace – Fraizer Campbell

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Despite coming off the bench to score a last minute equaliser against Hull City in early December, Campbell has had little to celebrate this season and could be a smart addition for a host of Championship sides.

The well travelled striker will see his opportunities become even more limited once the likes of Loic Remy and Jonathan Benteke return from injury and the Eagles may wish to sell him now with his current deal set to expire in the summer.

Alternative option: Jordon Mutch

15. Everton – Darron Gibson

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How Darron Gibson is still an Everton player will dumbfound the majority of supporters of the Merseyside club. The Republic of Ireland international midfielder has been blighted with injuries in the last few seasons and new boss Ronald Koeman does not seem impressed.

The Dutch manager has given Gibson just a single substitute appearance in the EFL Cup since he returned from injury and it makes no sense having the former Manchester United man on the wage bill anymore.

Alternative option: Arouna Kone 

14. Hull City – Allan McGregor

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With David Marshall, Eldin Jakupovic and Dusan Kuciak ahead of him in the pecking order to be Hull City’s first choice keeper, Allan McGregor is merely a peripheral figure in the Tigers’ dressing room these days.

If the veteran Scottish keeper does still feel that he has something to offer then he should push for a move away from the KC Stadium this window and at 34 years of age, there is no reason not to.

Alternative option: Alex Bruce

13. Leicester City – Matty James

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A cruel hip injury saw Matty James miss the entire 2015/16 championship winning campaign and, as such, he has been somewhat left behind by the club with the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Andy King coming into the spotlight.

The 25-year-old made a solitary substitute appearance in the 4-2 win over Manchester City, but with new midfield recruits expected at the King Power Stadium, it could be his only display of the season.

Alternative option: Marcin Wasilewski

12. Liverpool – Tiago Ilori

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Leaving Mamadou Sakho aside, who clearly has no future left at Anfield, another centre back that is being completely sidelined by Jurgen Klopp is Tiago Ilori, although to be fair it was not just the German who overlooked the young Portuguese defender.

Ilori, who spent part of last season on loan at Aston Villa but failed to feature for the Midlands side, is now back on Merseyside but has been limited to appearances for the Reds’ under 23 side.

Alternative option: Alberto Moreno

11. Manchester City – Fabian Delph

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An obvious choice, Fabian Delph like many before him, Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair to name but a few, was sold to City on the promise of regular first team football but this has failed to materialise.

With Pep Guardiola also not keen on the former Leeds United and Aston Villa man either, it would not be a bad idea for a top flight club to come in with a reasonable bid for the England international.

Alternative option: Jesus Navas

10. Manchester United – Ashley Young

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With so many to choose from, it must mean that Ashley Young’s exit from Manchester United is almost a certainty by this point. The versatile winger has become a bit-part player at Old Trafford and is wanted by a handful of Premier League sides.

The former England international was used by Louis van Gaal in a full back role at times last season, but Jose Mourinho has kept the former Watford and Aston Villa man out of the first team.

Alternative option: Bastian Schweinsteiger

9. Middlesbrough – Bernardo Espinosa

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Sometimes a transfer just does not work out and instead of wasting everyone’s time, it is best to simply part ways and move on. This is exactly what needs to be done with regards to Bernardo Espinosa’s time on Teeside.

The Colombian defender arrived at the Riverside Stadium in the summer on a free transfer from Sporting Gijon but the 23-year-old clearly is not doing something right, with Aitor Karanka failing to give him a single opportunity to play this season.

Alternative option: David Nugent

8. Southampton – Lloyd Isgrove

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With Claude Puel a big fan of squad rotation, it is difficult to find players surplus to requirements in the Southampton squad. Yet, with the conveyor belt of youngsters constantly producing talent from the academy, eventually some players become a has-been.

Unfortunately for Lloyd Isgrove, he may well be fitting that bill soon. The 23-year-old winger spent last season in League One and with the likes of Josh Sims being the preferred option, Isgrove’s time at the St Mary’s Stadium may be coming to an end.

Alternative option: Jack Stephens

7. Stoke City – Peter Crouch

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With a squad that was already thinly spread before a number of injuries took its toll, Mark Hughes is unlikely to be selling anyone, yet spare a thought for Peter Crouch, who may seek a move away from the Britannia Stadium in order for one more throw of the dice.

The veteran striker is a permanent fixture of the Potters’ bench, but clearly still has something to offer and would be an interesting capture for a Championship aiming to secure promotion.

Alternative option: Marc Muniesa

6. Swansea City – Nathan Dyer

Bristol Rovers v Swansea City - Pre-Season Friendly

Despite picking up a Premier League winners’ medal last season when he was shipped off to Leicester City at the start of the year, Nathan Dyer’s career at the Liberty Stadium continues to remain at a standstill.

The lively winger has been limited to just two Premier League substitute appearances and is clearly not part of the manager’s plans. He would, however, be an excellent impact signing for another Premier League side lacking pace.

Alternative option: Gerhard Tremmel

5. Sunderland – Wahbi Khazri

Sunderland v Arsenal - Premier League

Sunderland are the unluckiest side when it comes to injuries and David Moyes will not want to see anyone leave through the doors at the Stadium of Light, but if push comes to shove, one player he may not be devastated to sell is Wahbi Khazri.

The Tunisian international winger has not made an impact in his seven Premier League performances so far this season and as a result has been an unused substitute for the last five consecutive matches.

Alternative option: Seb Larsson

4. Totttenham Hotspur – Tom Carroll

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The elevation of Harry Winks to the first team pretty much seals Tom Carroll’s fate at Spurs and if he is not to leave in this winter transfer window, he will surely find himself a new club in the summer.

The 24-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino last season, but was considered the young central midfield back up to his regular starters. However, with Winks now taking on that role, Carroll’s future at Spurs looks bleak.

Alternative option: Kevin Wimmer

3. Watford – Juan Carlos Paredes

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The 29-year-old Ecuadorian right back has become a pariah at Watford, after Walter Mazzarri decided against including the player in the 25 man squad list for the Premier League at the start of the season.

As a result, Paredes has not been seen at all by Hornets fans and is likely to leave the club at the next possible opportunity. Whether any other club will want to buy the former Granada man is another question entirely.

Alternative option: Adlene Guedioura

2. West Bromwich Albion – Callum McManaman

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Many fans suspect that accusations of McManaman diving last season has influenced Tony Pulis’ decision to keep the winger away from first team duties this season, with the former Wigan Athletic man failing to appear whatsoever.

The 25-year-old is clearly not part of Pulis’ plans anymore and with the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace doing a remarkable job at the Hawthorns, if anyone is leaving the club it’s McManaman.

Alternative option: Jonas Olsson

1. West Ham United – Adrian

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Darren Randolph’s sudden elevation to become the club’s first choice stopper demonstrates that lack of faith that Slaven Bilic has in Adrian, the Spanish keeper who had performed so well for the Hammers over the past few seasons.

With his displays gradually worsening this campaign, it is time for West Ham to rid themselves of the former Betis man and use the money to replace with him an experienced pair of safe hands.

Alternative option: Andy Carroll

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