Premier League squads are often stacked with talent at the highest level and competition for places can see even gifted names find themselves on the periphery.
Whether its through a loss of form, confidence, or the faith of their respective managers, several high-quality performers currently find themselves on the fringes and a transfer away is perhaps needed to revive their faltering fortunes.
Here are five Premier League players in need of a fresh start.
Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek’s future has rarely been far from the headlines in recent months, the midfielder having seen his career stagnate since a £40m move to Manchester United from Ajax.
The Netherlands international had formed part of the exciting Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19 and was courted by several of Europe’s elite, but his anticipated move to a footballing superpower has been an unmitigated disaster.
Van de Beek has failed to win the trust of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has started just four league games in almost 18 months with the Red Devils, his status slipping from one of the continent’s most promising young midfielders to a forgotten figure at Old Trafford.
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Bruno Fernandes’ presence in the side has limited Van de Beek’s opportunities in an unrestricted role he proved so effective in for Ajax, whilst he has struggled in an unbalanced Manchester United midfield when tasked with forming a two-man pivot.
Everton were interested in signing the 24-year-old during the summer, whilst he has also been linked with a plethora of Italian clubs as a January exit becomes increasingly likely for a player with just five minutes of Premier League football to his name in 2021/22.
Divock Origi has never been a regular member of the Liverpool side, but his telling contributions at pivotal moments mean the forward will be forever fondly remembered upon his departure from Anfield.
That exit could come as soon as this winter, with the Belgium international having fallen down the pecking order on Merseyside, making just two league starts since the start of last season.
Origi has only 13 league starts across the past four campaigns for the Reds and now is surely the time for the forward to find a regular home and a club where he will be granted consistent opportunities.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at the season’s end and it remains to be seen whether Liverpool cash-in on the player in January, or allow Origi to leave on a free transfer next summer.
With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane set to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations mid-season, the Reds may need to call upon the services of the cult figure before he is allowed to move on to pastures new.
Ross Barkley has become a forgotten man at Chelsea, having been deemed surplus to requirements last summer without finding a suitor.
Barkley’s move to west London from Everton was designed to take the midfielder to the next level, but he has failed to kick-on from the promising start he made to his career on Merseyside.
Last season the 27-year-old was loaned to Aston Villa, but after beginning brightly in the Midlands he fell out of favour towards the end of the campaign and Dean Smith’s side showed no interest in a permanent deal.
Having been a regular member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad just two years ago, it has been a remarkable fall from grace for the midfielder who must choose his next destination carefully.
Barkley has bundles of natural ability and the potential to be the creative catalyst for sides further down the division, the likes of Burnley, Newcastle and Leeds monitoring his situation and reportedly willing to gamble on the 33-cap international finding form and fitness.
Having found himself sidelined over the first half of last season, Jesse Lingard finds himself in a familiar position after struggling to break into the Manchester United side this term.
Lingard moved to West Ham on loan last season in search of regular football and enjoyed a spectacular spell at the London Stadium, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in just 16 league appearances in the capital.
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His performances earned him a recall to the England squad after an almost two-year absence, though also deterred prospective suitors as the Red Devils hiked up the price-tag of a player who had previously been deemed surplus to requirements.
The 28-year-old has now entered the final season of his deal and interest is expected to be high ahead of the winter window, with Lingard’s energy and intelligent forward movement having flourished at West Ham last term.
The Hammers are expected to renew their interest in the England midfielder and a move back to an environment that saw Lingard thrive could be the perfect platform to kick-start his career once again.
Harry Winks is another who has seen his international fortunes suffer as a result of his club status, having been overlooked by successive managers at Spurs.
Winks featured regularly as England secured qualification for Euro 2020 and reached the Nations League finals in 2019, but the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager at Tottenham saw him fall out of favour and lose his place for club and country.
The appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo this summer has done little to improve his fortunes with just one Premier League start in 2021/22, with Winks having seen fellow academy graduate Oliver Skipp overhaul him in the pecking order after returning from a loan spell at Norwich.
The 25-year-old reportedly chose to remain at Spurs during the summer and fight for his place, but the emergence of Skipp – alongside the presence of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – means opportunities are set to be minimal.
There will be significant interest in his services should Spurs allow him to move on this winter, though the north Londoners are unlikely to sanction his sale on the cheap given his past performances.