Rabu, 29 Ogos 2012

In Desperate Need Of A Move

The top ten players who are crossing everything in the hope of finding a new club.

10. Kevin Gameiro and Guillaume Hoarau
When PSG signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi for a combined total of around €50 million earlier in the summer, you feared for the future of the club's current strikers. Indeed, even fans' favourite Nene - who finished as Ligue 1 joint top scorer (with Olivier Giroud) last season with 21 goals - was left on the bench for the team's first match of the season against Lorient. Despite PSG drawing each of their first three fixtures - including two 0-0s - Gameiro and Hoarau look destined for bit-part roles this season. As two talented strikers, they should look for moves to avoid a frustrating year on the Parc des Princes bench.


9. Kaka
On the surface it's all smiles between Kaka and Jose Mourinho, but privately the pair must be hoping for a parting of ways before the close of the transfer window. For Kaka, his Real Madrid move has never really got going and despite improved fortune last season a final flourish at AC Milan has obvious appeal. Following the capture of Luka Modric, Mourinho has no place in his team for the £50million signing that preceded his reign at Real Madrid and rather than have the Kaka conundrum drag out further (the playmaker still has three years remaining on his contract) it would be best if the 30-year-old enjoyed the twilight of his career as a starting fixture back in Milan.

8. Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton
The surprising thing about Aston Villa's poor start to the season is that neither Alan Hutton or Stephen Warnock have been involved in the club's first two matches. Indeed, Paul Lambert decided he knew enough about the full-backs from watching Villa's 'highlights' on Match of the Day last season and promptly advised them to find new clubs when he arrived in the Midlands. Hutton has been linked with an obvious move to Stoke, while Warnock is apparently attracting interest from former club Blackburn, but both defenders still find themselves searching for a move with only a few days to go until the window shuts. A drop into the Championship might be their only option. Or I suppose they could always retire.


7. Christian Trasch
Trasch was seen as an impressive coup for Wolfsburg last summer when they snapped up the right-back from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart. Indeed, with 10 caps for Germany, the 24-year-old is highly rated in his homeland and was appointed Wolfsburg captain shortly after signing for the club. However, as Felix Magath's team laboured to an eighth-place finish, Trasch's own form took a significant tumble. After Magath relieved him of the captaincy during pre-season, the defender started the campaign as an unused sub in Wolfsburg's 1-0 win over his former club. If Trasch has any aspirations of working his way back into Jogi Loew's plans, he should look for a move in the next few days.

6. Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente
It's fair to say Atheltic Bilbao miss the influential duo of Martinez and Llorente after they lost their first two La Liga matches of the season, conceding nine goals in the process. Reports claim neither player will commit to a new contract in the Basque country and therefore Marcelo Bielsa has excluded them from the squad as they search for new clubs. It's understandable, considering their quality, that Martinez and Llorente both want to play in the Champions League, but it would be best for all parties if their futures can be decided one way or another before the end of the transfer window. Given Athletic's dreadful start to the season, the last thing they need is both players sulking on the bench in a week's time.

5. Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young, Sebastian Squillaci
It says something about Arsene Wenger's previous reliance on mediocre squad players that this trio have been unable to find moves away from Arsenal. "Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere," said Wenger, rather hopefully, earlier in the summer, but all three are still on the Gunners' books and surplus to requirements. So much for Arsenal's shrewd business sense. The three musketeers have been linked with various clubs across Europe but they need to finalise their exits pretty sharpish if they are to avoid spending the next four months kicking a ball around with the stiffs at Underhill.


4. Clint Dempsey
It looks like Dempsey has burned his bridges at Fulham. After informing the club he was moving to Liverpool, the Reds failed follow up their interest in the striker, leaving the 29-year-old stuck in limbo. With relations further strained by the Cottagers' official complaint over Brendan Rodgers' pursuit of the striker, the situation surrounding Dempsey's future has become rather messy and he remains a notable omission from Fulham's first-team squad. Considering that Martin Jol is growing increasingly frustrated, Dempsey will deperately be hoping a move transpires to avoid what could be quite an uncomfortable season.


3. Joey Barton
According to Barton, his head is already in the Velodrome, which must mean his arse is there as well. After being stripped of the captaincy and ostracised from QPR over the summer following his ludicrous behaviour on the final day of last season, the midfielder spent time training with Fleetwood Town, where he tweeted amusing pictures of Jon Parkin having his chest shaved. Despite publicly expressing his wish to move to Fleetwood on loan, Barton is still at QPR, but it looks as though he will soon be given a free transfer for the second time in just 12 months. Considering he turns 30 in September, a potential move to Marseille really is his last chance to stop acting like a complete and utter (snip snip, removed by F365's lawyers). However, if a move to France fails to transpire, Barton could quite easily find himself without a club for the new season.


2. Dimitar Berbatov
Plenty has been written on these pages about Dimitar Berbatov's unfortunate predicament at Manchester United and the striker surely has to snatch any chance of a move in the final days of the transfer window. Berbatov's situation reminds me, to an extent, of the time my guinea pig died back in 1993. After a joyful year as king of the hutch, it failed to rise to the challenge of a new competitor (my sister's guinea pig) and ended up half-eaten. However, like United, I didn't dispose of the remains immediately, allowing them to fester in the cardboard box coffin I had prepared instead. I can't remember if I simply forgot about dear Snowy or if the eight-year-old me took some perverse pleasure in storing the mangled body of a dead animal but, as is the case with Berbatov, it was a relief for everyone involved when I finally threw him out.


1. Charlie Adam
If Adam wasn't already aware that his days at Liverpool are numbered, he would surely have come to that crushing realisation as he watched Jonjo Shelvey step in as an impressive replacement for Lucas in the 2-2 draw with Man City. It's easy to imagine Adam sitting in the stand, face like the Scottish weather, glancing over to a beaming Nuri Sahin enjoying his first Anfield experience. That was Adam last year, when he signed with a reputation as the most valuable corner-taker in the league. However, the past 12 months haven't gone well for the midfielder and it seems his playing opportunities are limited to Thursday night Europa League ties. Adam could still have a Premier League future, though, with Fulham and Everton thought to be interested, but he doesn't have long to engineer a move.

source: http://www.football365.com/topical-top-10/8027295/Top-Ten

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