Four Premier League Players Who Should Push For A Move Away In The Summer Transfer Window

Four Premier League Players Who Should Push For A Move Away In The Summer Transfer Window
Jun 29, 2017

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With the Summer transfer window officially commencing in the next few days, clubs from around the world will once again be entering transfer negotiations with a variety of teams in the attempt of agreeing on a deal for the right player for the respective team. However, whilst a significant majority of transfers usually happens after a player is convinced to move, some occur after a player decides to hand in a transfer request and sought for a new challenge in their career. The following takes a look at four players who should really be doing whatever it takes to move away from their current club in the transfer market.

Virgil van Dijk – Southampton

Perhaps the most likely of names to appear on this list, it’s time for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to depart the Saints and make his mark on Champions League football. The Dutchman was in impressive form once again in the first half of the Premier League season, but subsequently missed the closing stages of the season following a malleolar injury.

In the last two years, the Dutchman has offered a lot to the Saints in England’s top division, but now seems the time for him to make the next step up in his career. According to a variety of reports, some of England’s biggest clubs; Liverpool, Chelsea, and, Manchester City, have all been interested in signing the strong defender. Taking into consideration these links, the defender should certainly look to push for a move as soon as he can to further his attempts of playing in Europe’s top division, and also challenge for the Premier League title.

One of the key traits the defender possess is his overall concentration of the game and how he utilises the ball from his defensive position. Rather than clear the ball out wide, van Dijk is more known to take a more grounded approach, passing the ball to a nearby target and removing danger when possible – a trait particularly fashionable to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke City

Despite suffering from a wide range of injury problems, the overall ability of Xherdan Shaqiri seems far too good to remain at a club of the stature of Stoke City. With all due respect to fans of the Potters, the versatile winger is more than good enough to feature in European competition and would be a good acquisition for a fair amount of clubs in both the Europa League and Champions League.

Albeit still having a point to prove in the Premier League at a club he favours, pushing for a move away from the Bet365 stadium, and England, in general, could be a positive step to take in his career. Although any move away seems unlikely considering his injury record, a push to depart the club could result in bigger clubs pushing for his signature to support the overall depth of their respective team. The technical midfielder typically plays on the right flank for Stoke City but has also flourished in an attacking midfield role for both club and country.

Jack Wilshere – Arsenal

Remaining on the theme of poor injury problems, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is the embodiment of a player who has failed to reach their potential because of proneness to injury. The journey from a young boy who once rocked eventual Champions League winners Barcelona at the age of just 19, to a professional who was subsequently sent on loan to 16th-placed Bournemouth on a quest to save his career has certainly been upsetting to watch.

However, during this very loan spell at Bournemouth, Wilshere was once again able to prove himself and express his footballing ability after maintaining a consistent run of games thanks to the coaching prowess available at the club. If Jack Wilshere has any hopes of restoring his dreams as a footballer and making England manager Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, he has to push to leave the club he loves. Consistent coaching and management failures have led to the decline of a once highly-promising midfielder, and unless the Englishman pushes for a move away, this decline will unfortunately presume.

Interest in Wilshere will certainly be high from a wide range of clubs, as evident with the 20+ loan offers he received last summer. The hardworking midfielder could easily follow in the footsteps of England teammate Joe Hart and depart the country in favour of Italy or Portugal or observe the range of offers that would be on the table from English clubs, such as; Manchester City, Southampton, and former loan club Bournemouth. As a Jack Wilshere fan myself it will be sad to see him go, but if he has any hopes of making it in this sport, he needs to leave.

Gylfi Sigurðsson – Swansea City

Similarly to the situations of Virgil van Dijk and Xherdan Shaqiri, Gylfi Sigurðsson is another player who’s currently playing at a level far lower than where he should be. Whilst his home club, Swansea City, were struggling to keep their position in the Premier League, finishing 15th in the table, the versatile midfielder was flourishing. Last season, the Icelandic player scored on 9 occasions and also provided 13 assists, a fantastic record for a player at a struggling club.

With all due respect to Swansea City, a player of Gylfi Sigurðsson’s ability should certainly be playing in Europe, and pushing for a move away will certainly help achieve this. Whether the midfielder aims to secure a deal at Europa League side, Everton, fight for a spot in Europe next season with Leicester City, or even leave England for new pastures elsewhere, each would certainly bring out more positives that he currently faces at Swansea City.

One of the biggest assets the midfielder would offer any new club would have to be his overall versatility, taking into consideration the wide range of positions he played in last season. Albeit typically playing on the left flank, the Icelandic player was also deployed as an attacking midfielder, more central midfielder, and even had a brief tenure as a forward.

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