The 2020/21 Premier League season is underway, and the unpredictable results thus far have made it hard to select a winner in the bet exchange. Whilst this year’s champion may be too hard to call at this stage, one thing’s for sure, every Premier League club has a forgotten player within their ranks – whether away on loan or rotting within the reserves. So, let’s take a look…
Leicester City – Andy King
Andy King hasn’t pulled on a Leicester City jersey in almost three years. The midfielder spent the latter half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Swansea City, before unsuccessful stints at Derby County, Rangers and Huddersfield Town.
Tottenham Hotspur – Jack Clarke
Tottenham signed Jack Clarke from Leeds United last summer, instantly sending him back on loan to Elland Road. However, after making just one league appearance, he was recalled, and spent the remainder of the season at QPR. Staying with his parent club this season, he is yet to make a senior appearance.
Liverpool – Marko Grujić
Marko Grujić signed for Liverpool in January 2016 but was immediately loaned back to Red Star Belgrade for the remainder of that season. After making just eight appearances in a year and a half, he has since been on loan to Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and Porto.
Southampton – Wesley Hoedt
Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt joined Southampton in 2017, but after just a year and a half was sent on loan to Celta Vigo until the end of the season. He spent last year at Antwerp, before returning on loan to Lazio for this season.
Chelsea – Danny Drinkwater
Chelsea splashed £35m on Danny Drinkwater back in 2017, and after making just 12 appearances, he spent last season on loan at Burnley and Aston Villa, struggling for game time at both clubs. Still at Chelsea, the 30-year-old recently turned out for the club’s reserves.
Aston Villa – Tom Heaton
Tom Heaton signed for Villa in 2019 and was instantly their first-choice keeper. However, the 34-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in January and hasn’t featured since. With the signing of Emiliano Martínez, Villa fans might just have forgotten about Heaton.
Everton – Yannick Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie hasn’t turned out for Everton since 2018, spending the last two seasons out on loan to Aston Villa, Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon. Bolasie is still at the Toffees but was left out of their Premier League squad.
Crystal Palace – Connor Wickham
Connor Wickham signed for Crystal Palace five years ago, but injuries have hampered his career, and he has made just 41 appearances since then, half of which came in his first season at the club. He was also left out of his club’s 25-man squad.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – John Ruddy
Goalkeeper John Ruddy joined Wolves in 2018, helping them win promotion to the Premier League. However, since the arrival Rui Patrício, Ruddy has played second fiddle, and last made a Premier League appearance two seasons ago.
Manchester City – Scott Carson
Scott Carson joined Man City on loan from Derby County last year, and, despite not making a single appearance, extended his loan into this term.
Arsenal – William Saliba
William Saliba joined Arsenal for £27m last summer but was immediately loaned back to Saint-Étienne. Since arriving back in North London this summer, the 19-year-old is yet to make an appearance, with new recruit Gabriel Magalhães being picked ahead of him.
West Ham – Gonçalo Cardoso
20-year-old Gonçalo Cardoso joined West Ham from Portuguese side Boavista last season but is yet to make a single appearance in any competition for the side.
Newcastle United – Henri Saivet
Henri Saivet signed for Newcastle in January 2016. However, after making just four appearances, he went out on loan to Saint-Étienne. Loans at Turkish sides Sivasspor and Bursapor followed, but he is back at Newcastle, albeit not named in their 25-man squad.
Manchester United – Lee Grant
Goalie Lee Grant joined the Red Devils in 2018 but is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Manchester side. With Dean Henderson returning from loan, he has fallen even further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Leeds United – Adam Forshaw
Adam Forshaw joined Leeds in January 2018, becoming somewhat of a regular over the next season and a half. However, after making just seven appearances last season, he picked up a hip injury, which has left him out of action for over a year.
Brighton – Romaric Yapi
Brighton signed defender Romaric Yapi from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. However, the 19-year-old made one just League Cup appearance last September and hasn’t been seen since.
Fulham – Jean Michaël Seri
Jean Michaël Seri signed for Fulham in 2018, playing 32 times as the west London side were relegated to the Championship. The midfielder spent last season on loan to Galatasaray and was left out of Scott Parker’s 25-man squad for this season.
West Brom – Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin joined the Baggies last summer, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League. However, the 31-year-old is yet to make a single appearance in the top-flight this season.
Burnley – Bailey Peacock-Farrell
Burnley signed Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds last summer but he didn’t make a single appearance throughout the course of the season. We’re a further eight gameweeks into this season, and the 24-year-old is still waiting for his first Premier League start.
Sheffield United – Phil Jagielka
After 12 years with Everton, Phil Jagielka returned to his Sheffield United, where he started his career, last summer. However, the defender played just six times last season, and is yet to make a Premier League appearance this term.