5. Theo Walcott
(Age: 27, Nationality: England, Position : RW/RM/ST, Current Club: Arsenal, Possible Destinations: Southampton/ West Ham)
Few years ago, Theo Walcott was seen as one of the bright young talents in English football. However, Walcott never really lived up to his promise and potential. The winger-cum-striker who went to the 2006 World Cup as a 17-year old will be turning 29 this March. The player, who is supposed to be in the prime of his career, is struggling for game time at Arsenal.
Theo Walcott showed some signs of reigniting his career when he managed to get his goal tally in the league into double figures league last season, which was the first time since 2012/13 season. However, Theo Walcott has featured just five times as a substitute in the Premier League this season. Walcott has played just 49 minutes of Premier League football this season. Walcott desperately needs a move out of Arsenal and get some regular football to give himself a slight chance of featuring in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer.
Walcott could go to his boyhood club Southampton. West Ham who are trying to bring reinforcements for new manager David Moyes are also identified as potential buyers.
4. David Luiz
(Age: 30, Nationality: Brazil, Position: CB/CDM, Current Club: Chelsea, Possible Destinations: Arsenal)
David Luiz became the most expensive defender in the history when he moved to PSG from Chelsea in the summer of 2014. Two years later he came back to Chelsea and won the Premier League title on his returning season. This season, however, has been a tough one for David Luiz.
David Luiz has made just eight appearances in the league so far for Antonio Conte’s side. David Luiz has had an injury-plagued season. However, the Brazilian despite being fit has not been selected by Conte on a handful of occasions. There are also rumors of potential fall out between the defender and the manager. Luiz now finds himself below Christensen and Rudiger in the pecking order under Conte.
To add fuel to the fire, reports have emerged in recent weeks about Arsene Wenger interested to bring the Brazilian to the north side of London. With Chelsea’s squad short in numbers and rivalry between the clubs, this move could prove tough to materialize. Nevertheless, Luiz could leave Chelsea this January in quest of first-team football.
3. Danny Ings
(Age: 25, Nationality: England, Position: LF/CF/ST, Current Club: Liverpool, Possible Destinations: Newcastle Utd)
Danny Ings emerged as a young English striker with significant potential when he scored 11 goals in 2014/15 season in the Premier League for a low scoring Burnley side. Burnley got relegated that season, but Danny Ings was signed by Liverpool in the summer after the season.
Ings’ Liverpool career has been plagued by injuries. After signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2015, Ings has appeared in just eight premier games for Liverpool till date. Danny Ings has been unable to ignite his Liverpool career. It is tough to believe that Danny Ing’s is anywhere near Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plans. The 25-year old forward desperately needs to move in order to gain some first-team football and reignite his career.
Newcastle United who are reported to be shopping for a striker in the winter transfer window might be ideal for someone like Ings for the next step in his career.
2. Daniel Sturridge
(Age: 28, Nationality: England, Position: ST/CF, Current Club: Liverpool, Possible Destinations: Southampton)
Daniel Sturridge has been in the Premier League for well over a decade, but the forward has just made 194 Premier League appearances. Technically gifted, decent pace, good with the ball at his feet and an eye for the goal, Sturridge has all the qualities you want in a world-class attacking player. However, Sturridge’s career has been a story of a handful of wonderful moments which have come few and far between the long injuries.
Sturridge has previously played for clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea. This campaign is Sturridge’s sixth season at Liverpool. In 194 Premier League appearances, the Englishman has 74 goals and 19 assists to his name. Sturridge has just made nine appearances in the league this season. With attacking players like Firmino, Mane, and Salah already at the club, Sturridge looks like to be surplus for requirements at Liverpool.
Sturridge would definitely benefit from a move away from the red half of Merseyside. Daniel Sturridge could bring himself in contention for England’s World Cup squad in the summer if he regular first-team football. Southampton could be a sensible destination for the 28-year old.
(Age: 28, Nationality: Armenia, Position: CAM/CF/LW/RW, Current Club: Manchester United, Possible Destinations: Inter Milan/Borrusia Dortmund)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was signed by Jose Mourinho very early in his Manchester United career. Mkhitaryan took time to get adjusted to English football in his first season at the club. The Armenian slowly grew into the role of a Manchester United in latter parts of last season. Mkhitaryan despite being unable to perform very well in the premier league, was arguably United’s best player in United’s successful Europa League campaign.
There were signs of him getting to his best in the very early days of the league season. However, Mkhitaryan has gone missing regarding performances and name in the team sheet gradually along the season. Mkhitaryan looks nowhere near the player who won Bundesliga’s Player’s Player of the Season award in his last season at Dortmund.
The 28-year Armenian has been struggling to get game time in recent weeks under Mourinho. He indeed does not appear to be in long-term plans for Mourinho and United. A player of Mkhitaryan’s quality, at his age, would be looking to play regular football and might pursue a future elsewhere.
Premier League, one would argue, is not the ideal fit for a player like Mkhitaryan. With Mourinho looking to bring attacking options in, Mkhitaryan could make room by making a move away from Manchester. Inter Milan are reported to be interested in acquiring his services.