For some players, January is the perfect time to seek a loan move after warming the bench all season.
Disgruntled or fed-up footballers will look to start afresh this month and use the rest of the campaign to get back up to speed with some playing time in another environment.
And this month has already been busy, with Jermain Defoe leaving Bournemouth to join Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on a temporary basis, as well as Jason Puncheon hopping from Crystal Palace to Huddersfield until the end of the season.
But there are still many who could move elsewhere – below, talkSPORT.com looks at a player from each of the 20 Premier League clubs who needs a loan move to reinvigorate their campaign…
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Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah
The 19-year-old broke through the ranks under Arsene Wenger in the cup tournaments but has found his playing time limited by Unai Emery.
Having made just a solitary appearance in the Premier League as substitute, a move away for the youngster could be beneficial for both parties.
Arsenal fans will tell you the striker has bags of potential but he will not be displacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette any time soon.
Bournemouth – Jordan Ibe
The Cherries winger was once hailed as a player with bags of potential when breaking onto the scene at Liverpool.
However, he was sold to Bournemouth and his career hasn’t taken off as expected on the south coast.
He is playing second fiddle to Ryan Fraser and Josh King, and a loan move away would be best for the former Wycombe Wanderers player to remind Eddie Howe of his talent.
Ibe has made just nine league appearances this season.
Brighton – Bruno
The Seagulls skipper has been a brilliant servant to the club, making 219 league appearances for the south coast outfit and captaining them in their promotion to the Premier League.
However, at the age of 38, Hughton has started to restrict his appearances in the first team.
His age seems to be catching up with him with little injuries cropping up in recent months.
A loan move away could be beneficial for the defender before calling it a day on a long career, although after making his name as a legend for the club he will likely see out his contract.
Burnley – Joe Hart
The goalkeeper seemingly got his career back on track at the start of this season after sealing a permanent move away to Burnley in the summer.
But after a poor run of games and the return of Tom Heaton from injury, Hart has once again found himself surplus to requirements at his club.
The former England shot-stopper looks to have past his best, but could seek one final move away in the hope of having one more shot at regaining some good form.
Burnley’s Championship neighbours Preston are reportedly offering Hart a Turf Moor escape route until the end of the season.
Cardiff – Lee Peltier
The defender has made 120 league appearances for the Bluebells but this season he has found himself on the sidelines for Neil Warnock’s side – having made just six appearances.
Centre-backs Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba has seen Peltier’s minutes limited and he may wish to move away to get some regular playing time.
At 32, he could be a useful player at the back for a Championship side with the experience he possesses.
Chelsea – Davide Zappacosta
The Italian full-back signed for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in 2017 for £23million from Italian side Torino but has failed to break into the starting XI for the west London side.
Having made just 24 appearances for the Blues in almost two years, a loan move away could be best for the Italian in order to get regular playing time as he reaches the peak years in his career.
He was not even in Maurizio Sarri’s matchday squad against Newcastle on Saturday and must seek a loan to prove his worth to his new manager.
Crystal Palace – Joel Ward
The right-back had been a regular for the Eagles since their Premier League journey began in 2013.
But the emergence of rising star Aaron Wan-Bissaka has restricted the full-back to just two Premier League appearances this term.
The right-back signed a new three-and-a-half deal at Selhurst Park but will want more game time.
At the age of 29, a move away could be beneficial for the Englishman rather than sitting on the bench for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Everton – Oumar Niasse
The Senegalese striker is reportedly keen on a move away from Goodison Park.
Cardiff City are reportedly interested in signing Niasse and he is also attracting interested abroad from Turkey, with Galatasaray willing to take him on loan.
Niasse has proven he can score goals in the top flight after netting eight times last season, but he has struggled this term having not scored in his six appearances.
Fulham – Marcus Bettinelli
Bettinelli earned an England call-up earlier this season but his fortunes have changed since then.
The keeper was instrumental in the Cottagers’ promotion to the top flight last season but has found himself replaced by summer recruit Sergio Rico since Claudio Ranieri took over.
At just 26, Bettinelli will need regular game time if he is to be rewarded with another Three Lions call-up and there will be many takers for the shot-stopper.
Huddersfield – Tommy Smith
Terriers boss David Wagner preferred Florent Hadergjonaj on the right side of his defence last season and this has not changed this term.
Smith has made just four league outings so far this season and should now seek a move away after spending a season-and-a-half as a back-up.
After captaining Huddersfield to promotion, many lower league clubs will be interested in his signature.
Leicester – Adrien Silva
The Portuguese midfielder joined Leicester 16 months ago for the healthy sum of £25million – but his Foxes tenure got off to the worst possible start when his registration was withheld after missing the transfer deadline by 14 seconds.
Since then it hasn’t got much better for the playmaker, who has only made 20 appearances in almost a year and half with the club, and it has been reported he could be on his way back to Sorting Lisbon this month.
Turkish side Fenerbache are also said to be interested in Silva.
Liverpool – Alberto Moreno
The Spaniard has made just two Premier League appearances and last month he hit at out at his coach for not playing him at all after his ankle injury.
The left-back reportedly has several offers to leave the Reds permanently, including back to Sevilla, but Klopp is unlikely to sell him permanently with no direct replacement for Robertson.
Manchester City – Phil Foden
Although Foden has undoubtedly had his playing time increased by Pep Guardiola this season, and in recent matches scored his first goals for the club, a move away on loan could really aid the youngster.
He has featured in eight league games this season but did not make their starting XI in the 9-0 victory against Burton – a game he really could have started.
After extending his City deal until 2024, a loan move could help Foden’s development significantly.
Manchester United – Andreas Pereira
The Brazilian midfielder has been with the Red Devils since 2014 but has struggled to break into the first team.
He has been on two loans with Granada and Valencia and had reasonable success in both of them.
But he is not in Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s starting plans and did not impress in Man United’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Reading.
Newcastle – Jacob Murphy
Unlike his brother, Josh, at Cardiff, Murphy has struggled to adapt to life with the Magpies.
Rafael Benitez signed the winger from Norwich in 2017 for £13million and there was excitement over his arrival.
But he has failed to make an impression for the Tyneside club having scored just once in 34 top-flight appearances.
Southampton – Mohamed Elyounoussi
Saints fans have been a little disappointed with their summer recruit, who signed from Basel for £16million by Mark Hughes.
The Norweigan winger has made 12 Premier League appearances and failed to record a goal or an assist so far this season.
He also seems to be out of favour with Ralph Hasenhuttl, and could be moved out on loan this month after his unsuccessful spell.
Tottenham – Vincent Janssen
The Dutch striker has struggled with injury this term but recently stunned Spurs fans with an appearance for the Under-23s as they thought he had left the club.
The forward was signed from AZ Alkmaar and was seen as a player with a lot of pedigree after winning the Golden Boot in the Eredivisie.
However, he is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans and could be a handy loan acquisition for a relegation struggler for the rest of the season.
Watford – Heurelho Gomes
The former Spurs keeper was a regular last season but was eventually replaced by Orestis Karneziz in the second half of the campaign.
Ben Foster has now become Watford’s No.1 and has been standout performer for the Hornets.
A loan move away for the Brazilian could be a good way for Gomes to have one last go as a club’s No.1 as he reaches the end of his career.
West Ham – Adrian
The keeper has been playing second-fiddle at the London Stadium since the arrival of Lukasz Fabianksi from Swansea.
Fabianski has been brilliant between the sticks for the Hammers and Adrian has a monumental task to displace the Pole.
The Spaniard has shown glimpses of quality with West Ham and should seek a loan move as he is now 32-years-old and needs regular game time.
Wolves – Leo Bonatini
The Brazilian striker was a key member of Nuno’s squad in their promotion last season, notching up 12 goals as Wolves topped the Championship.
But he has had his playing time cut with the arrival of Raul Jimenez, who has been lethal in front of goal this season.
Bonatini hasn’t started a league game this term and he’ll undoubtedly be a target for many a Championship club as a proven goalscorer in that league.
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