Every Premier League club regrets selling at least one player.
For some teams – *cough* Chelsea *cough* – they have a list of players they never should have sold as long as your arm.
Some players fail to cut it at a certain Premier League club and then immediately end up bossing it elsewhere. Every sale – as well as every signing – is ultimately a gamble that could backfire.
This does not include players that clubs were powerless to prevent leaving, such as Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Manchester United, or both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale departing Tottenham.
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Arsenal: Serge Gnabry
Pretty hard to argue with this shout, isn’t it?
Serge Gnabry left Arsenal in 2016 after failing to cement his status as a first-team regular and is currently ripping it up at Bayern Munich.
In 33 appearances this season, the Germany international has scored 18 goals – six of which came against Tottenham and Chelsea in the Champions League – and provided 11 assists.
Aston Villa: Adama Traore
How Aston Villa must wish they’d given Adama Traore more of a chance to prove his worth.
The former Barcelona winger only made 12 appearances for Villa after joining the Premier League side in a £7 million deal from Barcelona in August 2015.
He then went on to resurrect his career at Middlesbrough and is now widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s most exciting attacking wingers.
Bournemouth: Tyrone Mings
Although Bournemouth got a reasonably high fee for Tyrone Mings (an initial £20 million, potentially rising to £25 million with add-ons), it’s hard not to feel that keeping him would have been far more beneficial to the south-coast club.
Mings, who has since gone on to represent England, is a proper leader – and, as we all know, leaders are all-too-rare in modern football.
Brighton: Oliver Norwood
Oliver Norwood, who began his career at Manchester United, has floated between teams in the Premier League and the Championship over the past few years.
Despite helping Brighton seal promotion to the top flight in 2017, he was loaned to second-tier Fulham immediately afterwards.
The 28-year-old joined Sheffield United in January 2019 and hasn’t looked back since.
Burnley: Kieran Trippier
Tottenham managed to sign Kieran Tripper for just £3.5 million in June 2015. What a bargain.
The right-back went on to make 114 appearances for Spurs, scoring two goals, before joining Atletico Madrid last summer.
Trippier, who also scored *that* free-kick for England against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, is currently loving life playing under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Chelsea: Kevin De Bruyne
Chelsea have sold some brilliant players down the years, but letting Kevin De Bruyne leave the club after making just NINE appearances truly was a bad, bad error.
Manchester City went on to sign the Belgium international for £55 million in August 2015 and he’s been an absolute superstar for the club since day one.
Is there a better midfielder in the world right now?
Crystal Palace: Nathaniel Clyne
We’re pretty sure that Crystal Palace would have kept Nathaniel Clyne back in 2012 if they could have helped it.
The right-back went on to star for Southampton before sealing a £12.5 million move to Liverpool in 2015.
Clyne, who has played for England 14 times, has performed reasonably well for the Reds but there’s no way he’s regaining his first-team spot back from the exceptional Trent Alexander-Arnold.
A return to Palace in the near future might make sense for all concerned.
Everton: John Lundstram
John Lundstram, born and raised in Liverpool, spent his entire youth career at Everton.
But after a host of loans at various Football League clubs, the versatile midfielder was offloaded to League Two side Oxford United in 2015.
Two years later, he joined Sheffield United and is now a hero in the eyes of thousands of Fantasy Premier League managers thanks to his goals and assists this season.
Leicester City: Andrej Kramaric
Despite splashing £9 million on the striker, Leicester City gave up on Andrej Kramaric after just 20 appearances in which he scored four goals.
Since then, he’s banged n 64 goals in 142 games for Hoffenheim and finished as a runner-up with Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.
While Kramaric wouldn’t have taken Jamie Vardy’s place in the Foxes’ starting line-up, he would certainly be a handy option to have around at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool: Danny Ings
Danny Ings has shown this season why Liverpool signed him from Burnley back in 2015.
In 30 appearances with Southampton, the 27-year-old has scored 18 goals.
Jurgen Klopp would probably love to have Ings back as part of his squad, but any forward who joins the Reds right now must be content knowing they’re back up for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Manchester City: Jadon Sancho
Pretty obvious one, this.
Jadon Sancho, who turned 20 this week, is one of the most exciting young players in world football.
The England international has been a massive success in Germany since joining Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 and could be heading back to England before the 2020/21 season gets underway.
Manchester United: Paul Pogba
Although Paul Pogba eventually returned to Manchester United and has certainly divided opinion over the past three-and-a-half years, it’s hard to disagree that allowing him to leave for next to nothing and then spending £89 million on him four years later was an awful bit of business by the Red Devils.
Imagine what United could have done that spare cash if they’d kept the Frenchman? We’ll never know.
Newcastle United: Florian Thauvin
Newcastle fans were excited when they signed Florian Thauvin for £15 million in August 2015 and understandably so.
But the Frenchman flattered to deceive at St James’ Park and was offloaded back to Marseille after just 16 appearances.
Thauvin, however, has since re-established his status as a top midfielder, scoring 44 goals in 91 games. Oh, and he also helped France win the 2018 World Cup.
Norwich City: Daniel Ayala
Norwich City sold former Liverpool centre-back Daniel Ayala at a loss in 2014 and the former Spain Under-21 international has since gone on to play 193 games for Middlesbrough, scoring 24 goals in the process.
Would he improve the Canaries’ current starting XI? Yeah, probably.
Sheffield United: David Brooks
David Brooks joined Bournemouth in the summer of 2018 and enjoyed an excellent debut campaign with the Cherries, scoring seven goals in 30 Premier League appearances.
His performances led to him being nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He also found himself linked with a £50 million move to Manchester United.
Southampton: Dusan Tadic
Let’s face it: Virgil van Dijk is the player Southampton wish they could have kept. He’s the world’s best defender.
However, the Dutchman was too good for the Saints – as harsh as that may sound – and a move away from St Mary’s was inevitable.
Dusan Tadic, however, is a slightly different story. The Serbian midfielder was sold to Ajax for around £10 million in 2018 and has been a superstar for the Dutch side.
In 94 appearances, Tadic has scored an incredible 53 goals.
Tottenham: Gylfi Sigurdsson
For whatever reason, Gylfi Sigurdsson struggled to produce his best form at Tottenham and was sold to Swansea City in 2014 after just two seasons at White Hart Lane.
He then impressed with the Swans before earning a £40 million move to Everton in August 2017.
Sigurdsson has performed well for the Toffees, on the whole, and Spurs probably wouldn’t say no to having him back right now.
Watford: Britt Assombalonga
Some players fail to cut it at Premier League level but are outstanding in the Championship.
Britt Assombalonga has bossed it in the second tier with Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough but we’re still yet to see the 27-year-old in the top flight.
He could have got the chance at Watford but they sold him to Forest in 2013.
West Ham: Cheikhou Kouyate
After four season at West Ham, Cheikhou Kouyate was sold to Crystal Palace for £9.5 million in August 2018.
Selling the Senegal international to a Premier League rival was an eyebrow-raising move at the time and the Hammers may well regret their decision two years down the line.
Wolves: Jed Wallace
In truth, it’s hard to imagine Millwall’s Jed Wallace breaking his way into Wolves’ current starting XI, which is brimming with quality.
That said – and as the video’s narrator points out – the 25-year-old would make a decent squad player for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
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