15 fringe players you forgot still played for Premier League clubs
Premier League clubs are infamous for sending former stars out on loan that now have little chance of breaking back into first-team contention.
While some players have simply not done enough to earn regular game time, others might be seeing out their contracts while getting more opportunity at lower levels of the game.
Daily Star Sport have put together a list of 15 players who remain on the books at some of the biggest clubs in the country – some of which might never play in the league again.
Each of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are included on our list of sides who have sent out former prospects on loan, some who have a slim chance of returning to the fold.
Wesley Hoedt – Southampton
Wesley Hoedt is currently on loan at Lazio from Southampton having spent time in 2019 and 2020 with Celta Vigo and Royal Antwerp respectively.
The 26-year-old moved to the Premier League side from his current temporary home back in 2017 for a reported £15m, making 45 appearances across the next two seasons.
The Netherlands international could finally leave the St Mary’s in the summer with his contract entering his final year and Lazio having an option to buy.
Marco van Ginkel – Chelsea
Marco van Ginkel joined Chelsea from Vitesse to great excitement back in 2013, but has only made two Premier League appearances in the following seven years following a handful of injures.
Since an initial loan at Milan in 2014. The Netherlands international also spent time with Stoke before three separates spells at PSV, including the current campaign.
A stand out for Van Ginkel was the 2017/18 season, during which he managed 16 goals in all competitions including 14 in Eredivisie. The 28-year-old is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Loris Karius – Liverpool
Loris Karius has had a rough time in recent seasons, struggling in the Champions League final for Liverpool before a tricky two season loan at Besiktas.
Karius is currently with Union Berlin in Germany, and is under contract at Liverpool until 2022.
Andreas Pereira – Man Utd
Andreas Pereira was once expected to be a key first-team player at United, but recently joined Lazio on loan following spells with Granada and Valencia earlier in his career.
The 25-year-old is under contract until 2023 at Old Trafford, but could end up leaving the club before the start of the new season.
Baba Rahman – Chelsea
Chelsea are well known for their use of the loan market and Baba Rahman is one of many players who is still under contract at the club with little chance of redemption.
Rahman is currently on loan at PAOK, having spent time with Schalke, Reims and Mallorca in recent seasons with his contract running until the summer of 2022.
Yannick Bolasie – Everton
Yannick Bolasie has been open about his struggles at Everton on social media, with his slim chance of breaking back into the side ending with a loan to Middlesbrough.
That followed spells with each of Aston Villa, Anderlecht and Sporting since leaving Crystal Palace, with the winger set to become a free agent in the summer.
Patrick Roberts – Man City
Patrick Roberts has failed to hit the heights some expected of him following his heroics in the England youth set-up between 2012 and 2017 during his time progressing with Fulham.
Following his £12m move to Manchester City, Roberts has spent time with Celtic, Girona, Norwich, Middlesbrough and now Derby County. His contract runs until 2022.
Kenedy – Chelsea
Kenedy joined Chelsea from Fluminense way back in 2015, but has failed to have the impact he would have desired and been loaned to Watford, Newcastle, Getafe and now Granada.
The 25-year-old is under contract until the summer of 2022, but Granada have an option to buy.
Patrick Cutrone – Wolves
Patrick Cutrone is still a Wolves player, but is currently on loan at Valencia following a temporary spell back in Italy with Fiorentina.
The 23-year-old is under contract until the summer of 2023, and could be handed another chance to star next season should he impress in Spain.
Victor Moses – Chelsea
Victor Moses has had a rollercoaster journey since leaving Wigan for Chelsea way back in 2012, and is still on the books despite loans with Liverpool, Stoke, West Ham, Fenerbahce, Inter and now Spartak Moscow.
The 30-year-old briefly returned to the fold under Antonio Conte, and helped the club win the Premier League title during the 2016/17 season. He is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in 2022.
Ben Woodburn – Liverpool
Ben Woodburn is currently back at Liverpool following a loan at Blackpool.
That spell came after periods with Sheffield United and Oxford United – and the 21-year-old remains under contract until the summer of 2022.
Christian Atsu – Newcastle
Christian Atsu joined Newcastle on a permanent deal from Chelsea back in 2017, and remains on the books despite slipping out of contention under Steve Bruce.
Despite his return to the squad list in February, the 29-year-old has not featured all season – and will be able to leave the club on a free in the summer.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin – Everton
Jean-Philippe Gbamin joined Everton from Mainz back in 2019, and has only been able to make two Premier League appearances across the last two seasons.
The 25-year-old is under contract until 2024, and will be hoping to enter the fold under Carlo Ancelotti shortly after stepping up in his return from serious injury.
Sheyi Ojo – Liverpool
Sheyi Ojo has been on seven loans away from Liverpool since entering the first-team fold way back in 2015, including spells with Wolves, Fulham, Rangers and now Cardiff.
The 23-year-old has five Championship goals to his name this season, and is under contract at Liverpool until the summer of 2023.
Henri Saivet – Newcastle
Henri Saivet remains a Newcastle player having joined the club from Bordeaux back in 2016.
The Senegal international is approaching his 31st birthday, and will be out of contract in the summer.
Bruce said last month: “Saivet, nothing’s really happened.
“He’s available and he needs to go and play somewhere.”
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