Deulofeu to Everton? Five other promising players who need a move
Following reports that Barcelona academy graduate Gerard Deulofeu could to return to former loan club Everton on a permanent deal, having failed to cement a regular starting spot with both Sevilla and parent club Barca, Coral writers consider which other highy-rated young-guns need to switch clubs to progress.
Here are five we reckon need a fresh start to reach their potential…
Joel Campbell (Arsenal)
Costa Rica attacker Campbell was the talk of the town last summer, following some fantastic World Cup performances in which he looked to have everything in his locker to succeed.
An extended shot in Arsenal’s first-team was mooted but never fully materialised and, having made just four league appearances for the Gunners (5/1 with Coral to win the Premier League in 2015/16), the 22-year-old may regret not pushing for a permanent move when his stock was high, with AC Milan believed to have been keen.
It seems Milan are tracking bigger fish now, though Villarreal and Real Sociedad could scrap for the forward, with fellow Gunners talent Yaya Sanogo also in the same boat. The Frenchman should look to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal academy product Benik Afobe, who has excelled for Wolverhampton Wanderers since stepping down to the Championship.
Campbell’s best bits:
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s Chalobah has long been tipped for the top, but a future with the Blues looks in doubt as, despite seemingly being around for an age, the powerful midfielder is yet to make his senior Stamford Bridge bow.
Having stuttered with a loan stint at Burnley, the England Under-21 regular looked revived with Reading, but needs to establish himself in the Premier League. Having been temporarily shipped-off five times in four terms, the time could be right for Chalobah, still only 20, to seek pastures new.
Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford is another high-profile Chelsea starlet that could benefit from a move, with a gaggle of top-tier teams said to be scrambling for the striker.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
Manchester United would be unwise to let their 20-year-old wing wizard exit Old Trafford permanently, but a loan move looks essential if Januzaj is to reach the heights he looked capable of when bursting onto the Manchester scene under David Moyes.
The brilliant Belgian has not fared so well for game time under Louis van Gaal and has undeniably stagnated, contributing no goals or assists last season. Everton would be an excellent destination alongside Deulofeu, to link up with compatriots Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.
Another Red Devil fledgling in need of a more permanent switch is versatile wideman Jesse Lingard who, at 22, can no longer afford to wait in line for a chance.
Check out Januzaj’s skills:
Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid)
Also 22 is Real forward Jese, who cannot be considered merely a prospect anymore, but has just 56 senior team appearances under his belt, with 23 coming in the most recent campaign.
Should the Spanish starlet wish to progress he could do worse than follow Juan Mata’s example and leave the Bernabeu behind. Having already seen the sale of Castilla talent Alvaro Morata come back to bite them, Madrid may be loathe to part with Jese, but other Spanish sides such as Sevilla or Valencia could make a great stage for the attacker.
Other Los Blancos youngsters who may not want to queue for opportunities could be Russian flank threat Denis Chershev and Brazilian midfield shield Casemiro, or even sought-after centre back Raphael Varane.
Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
At 23, Roberto may spy his chance to become a Nou Camp regular with Catalan legend and midfield schemer Xavi Hernandez having departed Barca.
The Spanish giants (10/3 to retain the Champions League) and treble winners are still looking to strengthen over summer despite a transfer ban, though, having openly admitted interest in powerful Paul Pogba, and it may be kinder to let Roberto find regular first-team football elsewhere.
Tidy on the ball like any La Masia graduate worth their salt, Roberto could have his pick of La Liga clubs, but may also find a home in Serie A should Inter Milan let Mateo Kovacic leave, while possession-oriented Southampton could be a shout in England.
Take a peek at Roberto’s talent: