In the rush for Premier League clubs to complete new signings, the players that find their place in the squad filled can often be overlooked.
The addition of shiny expensive recruits is all well and good, but what of the players that no longer get a look in because of that? Some players, for the sake of their careers, need to move on this summer.
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
Jurgen Klopp probably couldn’t be clearer about Sakho’s future if he tried, leaving him out of his pre-season plans altogether and barely acknowledging the French defender exists since he came back from his loan spell at Crystal Palace.
In a World Cup year, the former PSG man will still harbour hopes of going to Russia with Les Bleus, but leaving Anfield this month has to be his priority right now. Liverpool’s reported £30m asking price is a sticking point, however. (See also: Markovic, Lazar)
Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are Man United’s first-choice defensive partnership next season, that much is pretty clear. After that it’s a bit more rotational between Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, but the former appears to have the most to lose.
Having fought his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans last season, Jones could find himself right back to square one – and if that happens, he needs to leave Old Trafford to save his international career.
Loic Remy (Chelsea)
Remy recently confirmed his intention to leave Chelsea after three years at the club, to which the response was that many had forgotten that he was still a Chelsea player. That he is not even being considered as an alternative to either Alvaro Morata or Michy Batshuayi speaks volumes, especially with Diego Costa pretty much out the door already.
The first decent offer Chelsea receive will probably see the French striker gone.
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
Arsene Wenger has suddenly found himself with a number of players that he has little use for. Among those is Kieran Gibbs, who seems destined for a move to a midtable Premier League side. Once touted as the new Ashley Cole, the 27-year-old has failed to live up to his potential and now finds himself as Arsenal’s third-choice left-back behind Nacho Monreal and new signing Sead Kolasinac.
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)
The deal to take Bony to the Etihad seemed like a good idea at one stage, as in the Ivorian Man City were signing a proven Premier League goalscorer for £25m. However, it never really worked out for the 28-year-old in his 18 months at the club before enduring an even worse loan spell at Stoke City.
Pep Guardiola is overseeing a City clearout that is set to include Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Kelechi Iheancaho, Fabian Delph and Fernando Reges – a list that will surely include Bony.
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur)
At £30m, Sissoko shares the title of Tottenham’s record signing with Erik Lamela. That said the French international’s spell at White Hart Lane has been an unmitigated disaster. The former Newcastle midfielder has made just eight Premier League starts in his time at North London, and his one saving grace right now appears to be the fact that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has yet to dip his toe into the transfer market.