With almost two months into the 2021-22 Premier League season it has become increasingly clear which players are surplus to requirements at their current clubs.
Donny van de Beek is clearly in dire need of an exit from Old Trafford.
But he is by no means the only player who could use a change of scenery to save his career.
SunSport takes a look Seven Players who can – and should – get out this winter and move on.
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You have to wonder what van de Beek did to upset Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dutchman, 24, moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2020 in a £40m move from Ajax, with high hopes after an outstanding performance in Holland.
Van de Beek has just started Four In more than a year playing the Premier League, his frustration is increasing by the day.
The midfielder was seen throwing his chewing gum in the direction of the dugout after Fred and Jesse Lingard were selected to come off the bench during a late win over Villarreal last week.
he just played Once In love this season – coming off the bench in a 4-1 win over Newcastle in September.
And it doesn’t look like Solskjaer will even smell it in the coming weeks.
After rejecting Everton progress over the summer, United must certainly allow van de Beek to join the Toffees – who are interested again – this winter, even on loan .
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After starting just seven love games under Jose Mourinho – and Ryan Mason – last season, Dele has had more success under Nuno Espirito Santo.
The former England star, 25, has started six of Tottenham’s seven league games – even scoring in a 1-0 win over Wolves.
But it would be fair to say that Dele hasn’t reached the heights expected of him after bursting onto the scene at Spurs following his £5m move from MK Dons in 2015.
With such undoubted potential, Alli could certainly use a winter transfer to kickstart his career, with plenty of time to return to England in the years to come.
Now in the final year of his £180,000-a-week contract at Arsenal, Lacazette is set to leave.
SunSport exclusively revealed that the Gunners are already considering replacements, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins on the shortlist.
But once considered one of the most feared forwards on the planet, Lacazette – who cost Arsenal £52m in 2017 – is suddenly second fiddle to the Emirates.
The 30-year-old French ace has played fine two Love game this season – both off the bench.
With Arsenal hoping to avoid losing him for free, they could cash in on Lacazette in January.
And there is no doubt that this will be the best scenario for both the clubs.
The 33-cap England international, Barkley runs the risk of never adding to his Three Lions tally.
After bursting onto the scene as a teenager with Everton in 2010, he joined Chelsea in 2018.
Barkley, 27, made 48 Premier League appearances in the 2018–19 and 2019-20 seasons – but he has only three since.
The midfielder was sent on loan to Aston Villa to rediscover his top form last season and appeared briefly to find it before it cooled off late in the campaign.
Barkley just played Once This word in love – off the bench.
And with a lot of competition in the squad – especially after a strong return from injury to Ruben Loftus-Cheek – it is certainly time for Barkley to move on.
If he plays his cards right, there is still time to make a comeback in England.
Now in his 11th season at Man Utd, Jones is on a return track after a series of serious injuries.
The 29-year-old ex-England star has played just two love games since the 2018-19 season and was even completely dropped from Solskjaer’s side for a leg of last season.
Now back in the squad, Jones sits in the pecking order behind new signing Raphael Varane, captain Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
Still in his prime years, Jones has plenty of time to end his career with a bang.
But he will have to move on soon, with minutes for the under-23s and the signing from Blackburn to sit on the bench for Carabao Cup games, Sir Alex Ferguson was not at all in mind.
Remember that Fergie once claimed: “Jones, arguably the way he looks, might be our best player ever.”
An Arsenal youth product, Maitland-Niles came extremely close to quitting over the summer after being publicly asked to leave.
The 24-year-old versatile midfielder said on social media that he wants to be ‘where I am going to play’.
And after years of being played out of position at full-back, loaned to West Brom last season – and sitting on the bench, it appeared Maitland-Niles would get his wish.
But he has carved out a potentially bright future for himself at the Emirates after playing in five of Arsenal’s seven love games this season, even once.
However, Maitland-Niles has benefited from Granit Zaka’s three-month injury layoff.
And when the Swiss star returns, he could be back on the bench – with a fresh start in 2022 undoubtedly the best thing for his career.
The German goalkeeper hasn’t played for Liverpool since the infamous 2018 Champions League final.
Carius made two big gaffes after the Reds lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
The former Manchester City youth product, 28, spent the next two seasons on loan at Besiktas, just before playing Four On loan at Union Berlin last season.
Carius was linked with Swiss side Basel in the summer, with the Swiss side set to launch another bid in January.
Liverpool will definitely sell out, behind Alisson, Kaomhin Kelleher and Adrian in the pecking order.
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