The five Premier League strikers who need to move in January
It’s decision time for this quintet
The mid-season transfer window opens up in just a couple of weeks, and for many players, it represents a chance to start anew.
The Coral News Team are expecting a busy January, particularly regarding these five strikers who could do with a move elsewhere…
Few players have had to endure such injury misfortune as Danny Ings.
Happily the Liverpool man is fully fit and made his first appearance of the season in last weekend’s Merseyside derby.
But with Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke all ahead of him in the pecking order, Ings faces a bleak Anfield career.
He’s still only 25-years-old though, so the best is yet to come. West Bromwich Albion have already declared their interest in the former Burnley man.
The Baggies need a goal-getter, and Ings needs somewhere to restart his career. It makes sense from all angles.
Ings might not be the only Anfield exit next month. Daniel Sturridge must also consider his options.
Unlike Ings, the 28-year-old cannot blame injuries for his lack of first-team action under Jurgen Klopp.
Sturridge has made just nine league appearances this season, and has featured in just one of Liverpool’s last six Prem games.
He has no chance of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup unless he moves elsewhere and gets some first team football.
West Ham United and Crystal Palace could both use his talents up front.
Sturridge’s 431 minutes of Premier League football make him look like Klopp’s favourite player in comparison to Theo Walcott.
The Arsenal man has played just 46 minutes of league action this season, with boss Arsene Wenger reducing him to Europa League duty.
Like Sturridge, Walcott’s World Cup hopes are doomed unless he ends his Arsenal career.
There shouldn’t be any shortage of suitors. A return to Southampton could be on, while Newcastle United could be willing to splash the cash if their rumoured takeover progresses well.
Looking a little further down the table, and Leicester City’s Islam Slimani is another man who has spent much of the campaign twiddling his thumbs.
The Algerian has played just 39 minutes of football from Leicester’s last 12 matches. He hasn’t even been included in the Foxes’ last two match squads. So it’s safe to say Slimani should look elsewhere.
He’s a powerful player and a physical presence up front. With many teams struggling for goals in the bottom half, Slimani could be the ideal solution for the likes of Swansea City, West Brom, Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion.
He was a big-money buy for Bournemouth back in January 2016, but Benik Afobe’s Cherries career looks to be petering out.
The striker hasn’t scored this season, and has managed just 15 minutes of action from the club’s last five matches.
Bournemouth aren’t short of strikers either, with Callum Wilson, Josh King and Jermain Defoe to call upon.
Like Slimani, Afobe is a unit up top, and could certainly do a job for several sides in the bottom half.
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