As one window ‘slams shut’ another one opens. That’s certainly the case in the non-stop world of Premier League football, and after the mad dash last week to secure last minute deals this week the loan window rears its head.
Teams outside the top-flight have around two months in which they can bring in an ‘emergency loan’ to bolster the ranks, and most of those sides look to the top of the football pyramid to add to their squads. Just four games into the new campaign there are already unsettled players, such is the nature of the modern game, and those who quite simply need time on the pitch, but with many tied to contracts the only way to solve that problem is drop down the divisions.
Here Aaron Cox takes a look at some of the big names who could be forced to look for moves away from the league's biggest clubs.
Bear with me. The Spurs striker looked all set to join his saluting saviour Tim Sherwood at the start of the transfer window but a move to Aston Villa never materialised, despite talk of the Togolese being in the Midlands on more than one occasion. Then, in a batch of ‘deadline day drama’, Adebayor was in talks with West Ham, however, the issue of his extortionate wages reared its ugly head, and with the striker unwilling to accept an offer from Tottenham to buy out the majority of his contract, the deal was dead.
The former Arsenal man hasn’t even been handed a squad number by Mauricio Pochettino and is highly unlikely to feature in any Spurs squads in the near future. The north Londoners desperately want him off their books, but with him refusing to go unless fully paid up and the club not willing to do so, there is something of a stalemate. Spurs are going to have to pay his wages, so they may as well get him away from the club and out on loan, whether the 31-year-old would be willing to play in the Championship is debateable. Playing has to be better than not though, surely?
Remember him? The forward who lit up the World Cup in 2014 with his pace, trickery and eye for goal. What made this all the more exciting was that he was owned by Arsenal, he could be the Gunners' saviour. Or so we thought. The Costa Rican has hardly featured since last summer, and when he has, he has failed to set the world alight. A move away from the Emirates seems inevitable.
Campbell appears to have all the ability to make it at the top level, and at 23 still has time to prove his worth. A short term move away from north London may give him the chance to develop further and prove a point to Arsene Wenger. Olivier Giroud has struggled so far this season and if the former Olympiacos loanee can go away and score some goals he could return with real claims for a run in the first team.
The Spanish international has had a major downturn in fortune over the last 18 months and is now a bit of a spare part at Anfield. The likes of Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno are well ahead of him in the Liverpool pecking order and it seemed strange that he supposedly turned down a move to West Brom on deadline day.
The former Newcastle man won’t even have the opportunity to play in the Reds’ Europa League campaign after he was bizarrely left out of the squad by Brendan Rodgers. A move away seems the only option for the 29-year-old and he should push for the opportunity to show potential suitors that he still has the abilities he showed in his time at St James' Park and early on in his Liverpool career.