One player from every Premier League club who needs a January transfer

  • The January transfer window is open until 1 February 2024
  • Brentford and Fulham could cash in on their star players this window
  • Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea have numerous young talents gathering dust on the sidelines
Every Premier League team has players that would benefit from a winter move
Every Premier League team has players that would benefit from a winter move / Joan Cros - Corbis/Getty Images | Alex Grimm/Getty Images | Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images

Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel captured the mood of many when he outlined his new year resolutions this month.

"No sugar, workout every day," the former Chelsea manager beamed before wryly adding: "I'll have broken them all by 2 January at the latest."

The new year can offer a more permanent fresh start for footballers across the globe with the January transfer window now open. The Premier League is littered with individuals in desperate need of different scenery, rather than a new diet, to kickstart the 2023/24 campaign.

So, follow Tuchel's lead by sitting down with a box of chocolates and taking a look at each wantaway figure across the division.

Arsenal - Reiss Nelson

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Reiss Nelson hasn't started a Premier League game for Arsenal this season / ANP/GettyImages

How long can Reiss Nelson continue to live off his spectacular strike against Bournemouth? The 97th-minute winner was Nelson's only league goal for the Gunners throughout the entirety of 2023.

Nelson's role within the squad is clearly as a substitute - he hasn't started a Premier League game since Project Restart in July 2020 - but he offers little impact as an impact player. Mikel Arteta is also desperately reluctant to turn to Nelson, who is two years older than first-choice Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli but has played fewer league minutes this season than second-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who could do with a move himself.

Aston Villa - Jhon Duran

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Jhon Duran is an effective substitute / Neal Simpson/Allstar/GettyImages

Jhon Duran was still a teenager a month before the January transfer window opened but few players of any age benefit from sitting on the bench. Aston Villa would surely have no interest in selling the exciting Colombian forward but a six-month loan spell could help polish his raw talent.

With the 2024 Copa America on the horizon, Duran may also be keen on finding a club that will offer him more minutes to prove his worth and regain a spot in Colombia's squad.

Bournemouth - Dango Ouattara

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Dango Ouattara has seen his role reduced this season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It's a testament to Dango Ouattara's quality as a natural footballer that he has still impressed while moonlighting at left-back in recent weeks. However, before joining Burkina Faso at AFCON this month, Ouattara had not started a league game for Bournemouth in his favoured position on the right wing since September.

A key figure under Gary O'Neil following his arrival last January, Ouattara was one of only two Bournemouth players to appear in every league game in the second half of last season.

Brentford - Ivan Toney

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Ivan Toney has been heavily linked with a move away this winter / Vince Mignott/MB Media/GettyImages

If not now, when? Despite sitting on the sidelines for eight long months, Ivan Toney is still the toast of the transfer gossip column.

With Arsenal and Chelsea both thought to be interested, Toney may need to capitalise on the opportunity to join one of the division's traditional elite while his stock is still high. Brentford, who have stuck by last season's top scorer, will no doubt be richly rewarded.

Brighton - Tariq Lamptey

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Lamptey hasn't always been a regular even when fit / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Jeremy Sarmiento cut his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion short this month and would have been the prime candidate had he not immediately joined Ipswich Town.

That development means Tariq Lamptey, injured since mid-November, is probably the next cab off the rank in terms of needing a move. The 23-year-old is not a regular starter for Roberto De Zerbi in the Premier League or Europa League even when he's fit, and that's likely a little irksome considering Pascal Gross, Joel Veltman and James Milner aren't naturals in his role yet play an awful lot.

Burnley - Arijanet Muric

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Arijanet Muric has spent most of the season on Burnley's bench / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Arijanet Muric recorded the best save percentage across the Championship last season (77%) but hasn't been afforded a single second of Premier League football since promotion.

The former Manchester City shot-stopper could arguably be a better option for Burnley than James Trafford but Vincent Kompany is highly unlikely to bench the third-most expensive English goalkeeper ever. Muric would certainly cost less than £19m.

Chelsea - Ian Maatsen

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Ian Maatsen stayed at Chelsea this summer despite interest from other clubs / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It took suspensions to both Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling for Ian Maatsen to earn his first Premier League start of the campaign. Yet, the recent resurgence of Noni Madueke has bumped the 21-year-old further down Mauricio Pochettino's pecking order.

A loanee during Burnley's record-breaking promotion season last term, Maatsen rejected a permanent move to Turf Moor in the summer but could be on his way to Borussia Dortmund this month.

Crystal Palace - Matheus Franca

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The hype around Matheus Franca has fallen flat / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

In an exasperated attempt to downplay the mounting pressure to play Matheus Franca, Roy Hodgson curtly pointed out: "People shouldn't forget he's 19 years of age. It's not going to be a question of in a week or two he becomes Lionel Messi. That's not the way it works."

Franca did have a Ballon d'Or clause inserted into the contract which sealed his £26m move from Flamengo last summer. Yet, the teenager has been granted precious few opportunities to prove the hype as Hodgson sees little room for a fleet-footed number ten in his current system.

Everton - Youssef Chermiti

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Youssef Chermiti has rarely gotten a game for Everton / Vince Mignott/MB Media/GettyImages

Youssef Chermiti's playing time has been so scant, Neal Maupay has been afforded more Premier League minutes for Everton this season. Maupay rejoined Brentford in the summer.

Sitting behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Beto in the race for one centre-forward spot in Sean Dyche's system, the promising 19-year-old who arrived from Sporting CP in the summer may search for a freeing loan spell this winter.

Fulham - Joao Palhinha

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Joao Palhinha is one of Fulham's best performers / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

The shirt was on, the pictures taken and all that was left to do for Joao Palhinha's move to Bayern Munich last summer was dot the Is and add an accent to the As.

However, Fulham ended negotiations on deadline day and crushed Palhinha's dreams in the process. Now that the Cottagers are closing in on Fluminense midfielder Andre, a replacement which could not be secured last August, Palhinha could wear his Bayern shirt on the pitch this time.

Turning 29 this summer, Palhinha may not have many more windows to attract such lofty suitors.

Liverpool - Fabio Carvalho

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Fabio Carvalho struggled on loan at RB Leipzig / MB Media/GettyImages

While Owen Beck was recalled by Liverpool this month to fill the yawning void at left-back, Fabio Carvalho's time at RB Leipzig was mercifully brought to a close. Dundee released a statement saying that Beck will be "greatly missed" but Carvalho failed to have a commensurate impact during an underwhelming six months in Germany.

Unlike the backline, the sharp end of Liverpool's attack is brimming with options. Carvalho could soon be heading for what can scarcely be a less successful loan spell.

Luton - Luke Berry

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Luke Berry has been afforded few opportunities since promotion / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Upon the announcement of Luke Berry's year extension in the summer, Rob Edwards praised the midfielder's reliability. "His availability for us has been brilliant," the Luton Town boss pointed out.

However, Edwards has used Berry for less than half an hour across the first half of the Premier League campaign. The 31-year-old has completed his journey through all four professional tiers of English football with Luton but it may be worth ending the fairytale this window.

Man City - Sergio Gomez

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Sergio Gomez played a bit-part role in Man City's treble triumph / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Sergio Gomez may claim to have been a Manchester City fan in Spain but he also revealed that he cherishes his time with the under-21 national team more dearly than any trophy lifted at club level.

"I have won a Premier League and a Champions League, but my greatest joys have come from the national team," the scarcely used left-back said in December. Perhaps he can replicate his enjoyment with La Roja away from Manchester this year.

Man Utd - Facundo Pellistri

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Facundo Pellistri has been limited to a substitute's role at Man Utd / Danehouse Photography Ltd/GettyImages

Erik ten Hag hailed the arrival of "five or six new signings" when Manchester United's lengthy injury list begins to dwindle in the new year. Facundo Pellistri has remained fit throughout the season but spent most of it twiddling his thumbs on the bench.

Even when United's two natural right wingers, Jadon Sancho and Antony, were unavailable for dramatically different reasons in September, Ten Hag deployed a completely different formation rather than start the Uruguay international. The message could not be more loud or clear.

Newcastle - Amadou Diallo

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Amadou Diallo enjoyed a brief Premier League cameo against Chelsea in November / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Released by West Ham United as recently as 2022, Amadou Diallo is all too aware of the Premier League's deserved cut-throat reputation. It took an apocalyptic injury glut for Diallo to even break into Newcastle's first-team squad in November but the left winger has not added to his fleeting cameo against Chelsea.

Turning 21 in February - he is closer in age to Sandro Tonali than Lewis Miley - Diallo may search out a loan to earn his first sustained taste of senior football.

Nottingham Forest - Andrew Omobamidele

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Andrew Omobamidele is yet to feature for Forest in the Premier League / Ami Ford/GettyImages

The arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo in the Nottingham Forest dugout should eliminate any existing squad hierarchy but Andrew Omobamidele is so firmly entrenched on the outskirts of the setup that there seems to be no alternative to seeking a loan away.

Omobamidele enjoyed a breakthrough season with Norwich City during 2022/23, prompting Forest to pay around £11m for his services, but he's yet to play a single minute in the Premier League. If he wants to continue adding to his seven Republic of Ireland senior caps, the 21-year-old might need to try and engineer a temporary move away at the very least.

Sheffield United - Yasser Larouci

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Yasser Larouci is on loan from Troyes / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

At the halfway stage of the Premier League season, Sheffield United have twice as many left-backs (four) as top-flight victories (two).

With other areas of the relegation-haunted squad in desperate need of reinforcements, at least one of the sinistral quartet has to be jettisoned. Yasser Larouci, on loan from second-tier French side Troyes, may be more suited to the standard at his parent club.

Tottenham - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has struggled for starts under Ange Postecoglou / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Across Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's first three seasons at Tottenham Hotspur, he failed to start just five Premier League games and had as many different managers.

The latest Spurs incumbent Ange Postecoglou has not had the same faith in the Dane, who could be on his way to Juventus. At just 28, Hojbjerg has plenty more games to play.

West Ham - Danny Ings

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Danny Ings has scored more Premier League goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Luis Suarez / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Danny Ings has scored as many Premier League goals as Eric Cantona (70) but has had his collar turned down for much of a frustrating season.

Shackled to the bench, Ings hasn't even benefitted from Michail Antonio's long-term absence, instead watching the fluid front three of Jarrod Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta thrive for West Ham. Given his prolific history in the division, it shouldn't be too hard for Ings to find a suitable suitor.

Wolves - Jonny Castro Otto

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Jonny Castro Otto has made one appearance for Wolves all season / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

At the start of December, Gary O'Neil made the surprise revelation that Jonny Castro Otto had been banned from Wolverhampton Wanderers' training ground until February.

While the exact details of the dispute which led to Jonny's exile have not yet emerged, both parties may cut their losses and split this winter. It will be a sour but perhaps necessary end to Jonny's stellar five years at Molineux.