Five Premier League fringe players who should target transfers
The Premier League is a cut-throat and competitive business, which leaves many great players benched or out of matchday squads completely.
With the new season just a few weeks away, Coral football experts look at five men on the fringes at their respective clubs that should seek a summer switch.
Spurs striker Adebayor was benched behind White Hart Lane academy product Harry Kane for much of last season. The Togo frontman is someone who needs an arm round him and, should Aston Villa cash in on Christian Benteke, we may see Tim Sherwood line up a reunion with him. Tottenham are 6/1 shots for a top four finish, while the Villans hold odds of 4/1 to improve and end the campaign in the top half.
Swansea City sitting midfielder Britton may have to move, according to former Liberty Stadium teammate Sam Ricketts. “The way Swansea are playing at the minute he might not make the matchday squad too often,” Ricketts said. “Leon is one of those players who wants to play… that’s why he’s reached the level he’s got to because he’s a good professional and he wants to play matches.
“The ultimate thing is he wants to play; he’s got to the latter stages of his career, but he’s still got many years left, especially the way he plays and in the position he plays. But I know he certainly wants to be playing football as opposed to just watching.”
Seeing where someone so loyal to the Swans could go is far from clear, although Leicester City are not certain to retain their own awesome anchorman Esteban Cambiasso. Swansea are 6/4 to claim a top 10 place, while the Foxes are a tempting 10/3 under new coach Claudio Ranieri.
If 6/1 Premier League title shots Manchester United complete a successful pursuit of Valencia and Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi, Northern Ireland international defender Evans is left with pretty clear writing on the wall for his Old Trafford prospects.
Bizarrely linked with top four rivals Arsenal, 11/4 top six chances Everton instead looks a more likely destination for him as the Toffees are short on options at the back. Former loan side Sunderland could also compete to capture Evans, especially now that alternative target Nicolas Lombaerts has reportedly failed a medical.
Liverpool have invested heavily in their attacking options despite the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, so where does that leave hometown boy Lambert? Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino all have younger legs than him, so the target man is looking at substitute appearances at best.
With West Bromwich Albion trying to ward off interest in star striker Saido Berahino, plus Stephane Sessegnon also reportedly told he can move on, Lambert should be looking for a Midlands move to join Tony Pulis’ Baggies, who are 10/3 to be in the top half.
The fringe players are plentiful at Chelsea, and Nigeria international winger Moses has always been on them. Repeatedly loaned out since signing from Wigan Athletic, the former Crystal Palace prodigy should make a permanent home at 11/1 top six dark horses Stoke City, especially now that Potters boss Mark Hughes has missed out on Xherdan Shaqiri.