The transfer window has now firmly slammed shut, with the series of sagas put on hold until January at least. The summer saw several big moves and the usual flurry of transfer activity, but for some Premier League stars the window didn’t quite work out as hoped.
Struggling for game-time, these players have faded into obscurity after a lack of first-team football. We’ve decided to look at some of the division’s forgotten men, with five Premier League stars so out of favour we forgot they existed…
Winston Reid – West Ham
The New Zealand international has been a popular figure at West Ham ever since his arrival from Danish side FC Midtjylland nine years ago, being named as the club’s Player of the Year in 2013. The 31-year-old’s last Premier League appearance for the club came way back in March 2018, the defender having suffered a serious knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines for more than a year.
Reid returned during the pre-season but is yet to feature in the opening weeks of the new campaign. The likes of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have arrived and impressed since Reid’s last West Ham appearance, and the long-serving centre-back may struggle to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s plans.
Marco van Ginkel – Chelsea
Remember him? The Netherlands international has been a Chelsea player for six years, though he made just two league appearances for the club and enjoyed a series of loan spells away.
Now 26, Van Ginkel looks unlikely to ever make a first-team breakthrough at the club, though he remains at Stamford Bridge as he recovers from a long-term knee injury sustained during a two-year loan at PSV Eindhoven.
The midfielder has proven too good for the Dutch league during his spell at PSV, though facing competition from a host of talented stars for a place in Chelsea’s midfield, he remains unlikely to feature even once he has returned to full fitness.
Jairo Riedewald – Crystal Palace
A Eredivisie title winner and full Netherland’s international, Riedewald arrived at Crystal Palace in 2017 ahead of Frank de Boer’s doomed tenure at Selhurst Park.
De Boer had worked with the defender at Ajax and signed him to bolster the club’s defensive options, though Riedewald soon found himself out of favour after his fellow Dutchman was replaced by Roy Hodgson.
The 22-year-old failed to make a single Premier League appearance under Hodgson last season, making just four cup appearances for the season. He is yet to feature in league action again so far this season and looks to face an uphill task to regain favour.
Matej Vydra – Burnley
A classic case of a player seemingly being too good for the second tier, but not quite good enough for Premier League level. Burnley took a gamble on the Czech Republic international in 2018, after Vydra had fired 21 Championship goals for Derby County in 2017/18.
The move has failed to work out, however, with Vydra having scored just once in 13 Premier League appearances since moving to Turf Moor in August 2018.
The 27-year-old has failed to feature for Sean Dyche’s side in the opening weeks of the new league campaign, and has fallen further down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Jay Rodriguez from West Brom.
Jack Colback – Newcastle
Remarkably still a Newcastle player despite having been out of favour since the 2016/17 season, midfielder Colback returned to St James’ Park this summer after spending the majority of the past two seasons on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest.
His prospects have not improved following Steve Bruce’s appointment as manager, with Colback haven’t not been included in Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad. Bruce has, however, allowed Colback to train with the first-team, a stark contrast to his treatment under Benitez where he was frozen out of the first-team picture.
The 29-year-old former Sunderland man now looks set to spend the first half of the new season on the sidelines, and is unlikely to remain at the club for much longer.
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