Forget Christmas. Forget New Year. It’s the January transfer window we should be counting down to.
Ok, maybe not, but the first 31 days of each year always has the potential to shake up the Premier League climate as clubs enter the final five months of a season.
Sadly, not every year is quite like 2011 – where Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez both moved on Deadline Day – but most of the 20 clubs tend to be on the look out for business.
You just need to look at Liverpool, who confirmed the signing of Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday before the window had officially opened.
That’s not to mention the fact Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti look set to take the Arsenal and Everton jobs, meaning they could splash the cash to make their mark on the squads.
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Players who WILL be sold in January
That’s because they’ve decided to run through every Premier League club and pinpoint the player that all 20 teams ‘WILL’ sell before February arrives.
It’s a pretty bold statement, to say the least. You can check out their full video down below, but keep scrolling to see our breakdown of the 20 teams, 20 players and 20 prospective sales.
Arsenal: Granit Xhaka
Yeh, how’s telling the fans to ‘f*** off’ working for you, Granit?
And ‘The Irish Guy’ is so confident that the former club captain won’t be in north London by February that he’s willing to run through the streets of Newcastle naked if he’s wrong.
Aston Villa: Henri Lansbury
‘Get off your laptop and work on your f***ing first touch.’
A pretty harsh analysis from the ‘The Irish Guy’ if you ask us, but Lansbury leaving in January makes a lot of sense after playing just 40 minutes of Premier League football this season.
Bournemouth: Artur Boruc
Boruc dropped howlers left, right, and centre last season and now that Aaron Ramsdale is proving himself as a brilliant up and coming ‘keeper, it seems pretty clearcut that the Polish shot-stopper will be shown the door.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Alireza Jahanbakhsh
An attacking player costing £17 million and scoring 0 goals in 24 games in their first season is never promising and ‘The Irish Guy’ appears confident he’ll be ‘spat out of’ the Amex Stadium.
Burnley: Aaron Lennon
First and foremost, you’ve got to credit Lennon for battling his mental health demons in recent years.
But his days as a top Premier League footballer are long gone and with game-time fading under Sean Dyche, a step down to the Championship seems logical at 32 years old.
Chelsea: Olivier Giroud
“Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end I’m forced to make a choice, I will do it as when I left Arsenal.”
The words of Giroud himself speak volumes and with Frank Lampard preferring Tammy Abraham up front, ‘The Irish Guy’ has offered to lick a dog’s foot on camera if the Frenchman isn’t flogged.
Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha
This is the first entry on the list that is actually a compliment to the player in question.
We can’t see Palace letting Zaha go during the winter window ourselves, but Chelsea being unshackled from their transfer ban could be enough to have Steve Parish’s phone ringing.
Everton: Maarten Stekelenburg
Nine years ago, Stekelenburg was playing in a World Cup final.
Fast forward to the present and he’s made just five appearances in the last two seasons as Everton’s third choice goalkeeper. It’s just a question of whether he’ll hold out until the summer.
Leicester City: Nampalys Mendy
Playing just one minute of football this season when you’re worth £10 million is always foreboding and Mendy seems one of the clearer candidates to be jettisoned from Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Liverpool: Caoimhin Kelleher
‘The Irish Guy’ had a really tough time selecting any deadwood at Anfield and he doesn’t even think Kelleher – who he narrowly picked over Adam Lallana – will depart on a permanent basis.
Manchester City: Nicolas Otamendi
To be fair, Pep Guardiola seems to have lost all faith in Otamendi after his disasterclass during the 2-0 loss against Wolves.
But when City are so strapped for defensive reinforcements that Fernandinho is being drafted at centre-back, we can’t imagine a world where Otamendi is ditched halfway through the season.
Manchester United: Nemanja Matic
Matic’s United career has seemingly imploded since the start of last season and he’s only made two Premier League starts in 2019/20.
Leaving Old Trafford seems something of an inevitability and the ‘The Irish Guy’ believes a move to Tottenham could be on the cards thanks to Jose Mourinho’s ‘weird, unexplained fetish’ for him.
Newcastle United: Ki Sung-yueng
There’s not much to say here other than the fact Ki has become deadwood in a surprisingly stacked Newcastle midfield and their sound form means he’s unlikely to get a break any time soon.
Norwich City: Todd Cantwell
Another complimentary selection, because Cantwell has been an anomalous star for Norwich this season.
‘The Irish Guy’ admits that selling him in winter would be the equivalent of the Canaries ‘chucking themselves off a cliff’, but can see Everton fulfilling his ambitions with a big-money offer.
Sheffield United: Leon Clarke
In fairness, Clarke has effectively been left-over luggage from the Blades’ Championship promotion.
The 34-year-old has only been used in one game this season and just four strikes from 25 matches last year gives little incentive for Chris Wilder to keep him at the club beyond January.
Southampton: Kayne Ramsay
‘The Irish Guy’ spent most of this section slagging off Shane Long’s goal-scoring record and perhaps he should have plumped for his compatriot as opposed to a 19-year-old prospect.
Tottenham Hotspur: Christian Eriksen
“The man is a bubonic plague rifling its way through Tottenham’s squad.”
We’re not sure we’d put Eriksen’s influence on the Spurs team quite as brutally as ‘The Irish Guy’, but it’s hard to see Jose Mourinho doing anything aside from kicking out the want-away midfielder.
Watford: Dimitri Foulquier
Just two Premier League appearances in two seasons is disastrous and it seems as though none of the four Watford managers who have coached Foulquier have had anything good to say about him.
West Ham United: Carlos Sanchez
You know you’re having a shocker when you’ve only been given 14 minutes this season and the only real positive for the Hammers here is that Sanchez only set them back a paltry £4 million.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jesus Vallejo
‘The Irish Guy’ nearly selected Raul Jimenez, who will inevitably start tempting big clubs, but he feels confident that Nuno Espirito Santo will retain all of his top players.
Instead, he’s predicting Vallejo’s loan spell to be cut short and for him to spend the final five months of the season on the Real Madrid scrapheap.
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
To be fair, I agree with ‘The Irish Guy’ on most of these selections… not that I’ll be comparing Eriksen to the Black Death any time soon.
However, the Tottenham man is a clear example of a player who should be moved on in January and I’ll heap the likes of Xhaka and Giroud into the same category for good measure.
But I can’t see the two complimentary picks of Zaha and Cantwell transpiring.
Both players have been integral for their respective clubs this season and while I do seem them being snapped up by bigger teams, any such moves looks far more feasible in the summer.
As for some of the deadwood making the list, it’s hard to say exactly which fringe players will be cut and how many of them will manage to squeeze a few months more out of their contracts.
Ultimately, though, there’s no way of telling until the transfer window flies open and in a world where Ayoze Perez is sold for over £30 million, quite literally anything can happen.