Wednesday, 23 January 2013


January have always been regarded as a time when club reinforce their teams by signing quality players or players to fill in the void left by injured players or African players who are away on international duty during the time of the African Cup of Nations.
But this time I think, as clubs try to reinforced their teams they should also think it wise to off-load some players from their teams and help lessen the weight on their various club's payroll.

Soccer4life takes a look at Nine players who should leave their club this January in good faith before their club axe them finally.

Sebastian Squillaci
What is going on here? Clearly his reputation is not preceding him as Arsenal cannot seem to get shot of the French veteran for love nor money. A return to Monaco, moves to Greece and several other deals have all proven to be nothing more than transfer tittle-tattle but surely Arsenal need to remove him from their wage-bill.

Andrei Arshavin
I am adamant that Arshavin is far too good to be sitting on the bench at The Emirates and I have been a big advocate for him making a move elsewhere in the Premier League to prove his worth à la Berbatov at Fulham. It would seem while Gervinho is strutting his stuff in South Africa that Arshavin will be going nowhere and it is more likely he will move at the end of his contract in the summer.

Florent Malouda
I am not sure why there is not more clamour for the French internationals signature. It must have something to do with his wages because it cannot be based on his ability. The likes of QPR are reportedly now knocking at the door and rightly so as it is a travesty to see this player wasting away on the sidelines.

Fernando Torres
There comes a point in some relationships when a realisation has to be made. Yes at one point you found each other very attractive but that initial spark has gone and now you are simply going through the motions almost out of a sense of responsibility to the other party. It is unlikely to happen before the end of January but sooner rather than later this couple needs to realise the candle has blown out on a failed relationship.

Federico Macheda
Once again it seems Macheda will be given an opportunity to showcase his abilities on a loan spell. A move to Spanish side Elche is reportedly on the brink of completion but based on his previous spells on loan it is fair to say that expectation should be muted. It may even be that the time has come to let him leave Old Trafford permanently as it does not seem he is going to ever repeat the feats of his memorable debut against Aston Villa.

Personally I don’t think Manchester United should be looking to sell Nani; he is one of those players with the creative spark to turn any game on its head in an instant even if he can be insufferably infuriating in the process. Should Nani want to leave Old Trafford however is another question entirely? While he appears to have fallen foul of Sir Alex he is still on course for silverware this season but with the likes of Juventus being linked with his signature he should better make his move while the iron is hotelse he ends up like fellow country man Quaresma.

Nick Powell
Definitely not suggesting they should let the powerful advanced midfielder go permanently; he looks a top talent destined for the top but a loan spell could certainly do him some good. Davide Petrucci and Scott Wooton are currently out on loan with Peterbrough under the guise of Sir Alex’s son Darren Ferguson and somewhere like The Posh could be the perfect place for Powell to continue his development.

David Bentley
His loan spell in Russia was only half impressive as he struggled with injury in the latter stages of that spell and he has now returned from FC Rostov with his hopes of first-team football as slim as ever. A loan spell is obviously an option once again but Spurs might like to get shot of any clutter once and for all this January as Andre Villas Boas looks to continue his revolution. Bentley will have no problem with leaving; he showed his hunger for first team football by moving to Russia and that may persuade teams to give him a shot.

Iago Falque
The former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus youth product has impressed many with some of his turn-outs this season and seems to have gotten over his awful loan spell with Southampton this time last year. The Spanish under-21 international would not be short of potential suitors and whether on loan or a permanent move he should give serious thought about leaving White Hart Lane.

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