Rickie Lambert and Etienne Capoue snub Midlands moves - but why?

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With Rickie Lambert and Etienne Capoue rejecting moves to Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion respectively - Midlands clubs will be thinking their luck is running out.

Villa offered £5 million for Lambert and West Brom presented Capoue with a loan deal for the remainder of the season but both 'politely declined' in favour of staying put.

But why? Those who dream of being a professional footballer from an early age imagine their name in lights scoring a winning goal, not sitting on the bench watching people do what they love.

Lambert has made 17 appearances for his boyhood club since joining last summer with most of them coming on as a substitute. Not quite how he imagined his dream move to the Reds. 

Capoue has not started a league game since early November and is incredibly low in the Spurs pecking order proving Mauricio Pochettino does not see a future for the midfielder at White Hart Lane.

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The dream job

These Premier League players have a job that most of us could dream of, yet instead of moving to a 'lesser' club in order to gain game-time, they are happy to settle for a bench role with an occasional Cup game.

However, it is slightly understandable for the Liverpool striker to decline the move to Villa considering the club is a sinking ship.

The 32-year-old was not the only one to reject the Midlands outfut in the January transfer window as Dele Alli also snubbed a move to both Villa and Newcastle in favour of a move to Spurs - who already have hundreds of midfielders within their ranks. 

Alli is an 18-year-old star with an incredibly promising future and it was no surprise that the Birmingham club did not get a look in, leaving fans wondering whether anyone is actually willing to join the club.

A sinking ship

Reports suggest Villa's Manchester United loanee Tom Cleverley is also set to reject a permanent move to the club in order to sign for Everton at the end of the season.

Cleverley joined the Villains at the start of the season making 20 appearances without scoring a goal and getting an assist - so maybe it is best for both parties if the England international departs.

Both West Brom and Villa did make a few signings however with Carles Gil and Scott Sinclair wearing Claret and Blue with Darren Fletcher and Callum McManaman heading to the Baggies.

A move to a lesser-club would maybe result in a pay-cut or a dent to their ego but Premier League footballers need to realise the incredibly luck position they are in. It is a short career and they should aim to get as much time on the pitch as possible. 

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