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Top 3 Underused Players

After a usual dramatic, tense and surprising transfer window, the aftermath is still in everyone’s mind. From players like Clint Dempsey making his dream move away from the cottagers. But, not to Liverpool, but to Tottenham. This sums up the window. But, some players did not make their move away from their clubs to revive their career, the unused, but still talented ‘world class players’. Here are my top 3 (in no particular order) players that should’ve moved clubs in the summer transfer. Those who still have a lot to offer.

Kolo Touré

The two-time Premier League winner has spent vast amounts of time on Manchester City’s bench, watching them get more and more successful. Sadly, not enough game time and being a little past his prime people are beginning to question his talents. Wrong, he may be a little rusty but he still has vast amounts to offer a decent club outside of the top 4. Against Liverpool, he struggled with the likes of Raheem Sterling but come on? A 17-year-old whippet against an unused, barely any game time defender likely result. But, I think he kept Suarez under control when he roamed near about his side of the defence. This match proved he still has something in his locker to give to a club that’s willing to give him regular game time and will value his experience of being at the top of England, twice, with two different clubs.

His record is more than impressive to get any club interested; 98 appearances for Ivory Coast, 225 for Arsenal, and 62 for Manchester City. Winner of the African Cup of Nations, twice, Premier League twice, and countless FA and League Cup winners and runner-up medals. With Galatasaray chasing him during the summer transfer window he was expected to be shipped on yet, he has still remained a City player. A club of Galatasaray’s stature would revive the African’s career with the ability to play regularly in one of Turkey’s best teams and also in the Champions League still. I mean, he’s a great back up for Kompany and Lescott, but I think he deserves first team football to end a very successful career.


Once seen as a great Brazilian, winning countless winners medals from World Cups to Champions League. Now, he finds himself stuck on a Real Madrid bench. In his prime, he played for AC Milan, when the Italian giants were a real force to reckon with, he was an integral part of a great team that included the likes of Paulo Maldini amongst others. A great player like Kaka does not deserve to still be at Madrid wasting away on the bench. The Brazilian deserves first team football. He still has a lot to offer, when playing at his best last season, he showed us a glimpse of what he was like in his early days, in Milan. He still has a lot of petrol running in his engine, he could and should be a first team member of a team that values him.

A summer switch to England was reported, I’m sure I wasn’t the only human to be excited about this move. To bring a true great of the game to play in the Premier League would be not only a great advert for the British game but it would also be very exciting. I wouldn’t care who he played for. But, after links with AC Milan, we knew it was an impossible dream. But, also after his wife came to the conclusion that they would only consider leaving Madrid for a Brazilian club, dashing hopes of a Premier League switch. To see a great resorting to a less competitive Brazilian League would be very sad indeed. But, hopefully this will not be the case, and when given the chance he will grasp it for Madrid hopefully…

Flaurent Malouda

A great servant to the Blues with a career in London from 2007. The Frenchman is older than you think, at the age of 32, but still has a lot of football left in him. Surprisingly, he has been sidelined by Chelsea, due to Di Matteo’s need to bring in new young suitors to take his position. The likes of Marin, and Hazard being brought in, therefore, there is no longer any room for Flaurent. Obviously, like the other two players in this article, they are ageing but all three have experienced major successes over the years.

Recently, Malouda has been forced to train with the U21 Chelsea team, after announcing to the U21 team that he will train with them for the rest of the season. But, there may be a way out in January for the winger. A move back to France, with former club, Lyon may well be the place for him to end his career. I think that would a good move for him no one in their team has the experience at the top of European like Flaurent. They’d value him and it’d be a good place to hang up your boots. I hope he goes somewhere where he can get first team football week in, week out.

So, to conclude, lots of players are underused, and not valued the way they should be. Hopefully all the old guards on the bench manage to make a move to a club where they get to play week in week out. And come January, I expect moves for all players mentioned in this article.

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