The new season has begun with several changes in the teams across Europe with top clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea all having new managers in charge of their affairs.
Along with the changes in the managerial front, top teams have gone out and purchased players as well.
These two factors of new managers and players coming into the club has led to changes in formation and team selection.
The causalities in this case are certain players that do not find themselves in the plans of their new managers or players that cannot make the starting team due to intense competition - leaving some top world-class players on the bench.
Here are the top five players that are ‘out of favour’ at their respective clubs:
5. Juilo Cesar
Cesar was one of the standout performers for QPR last season.
When QPR got relegated, it was expected that offers would come pouring in for the former Inter Milan man. However that was not the case and he has to play out this season in the Championship.
Things got worse for him when Harry Redknapp decided to continue with Robert Green in goal for QPR and youngster Brian Murphy on the bench.
Cesar is likely to still be Brazil’s number one next year as he is a world-class goalkeeper. It’s a pity that he cannot even make the bench for a Championship club.
4. Thomas Vermaelen
Due to series of poor performances last season, Vermaelen was dropped last season in favour of the Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
The duo have gone on to form an impressive partnership and are expected to retain their places in the starting 11 even when the Arsenal captain returns from injury.
On his day Vermaelen can be one of the best defenders in the world and has attracted interest from Barcelona during the summer. Although he is a top talent, he needs a rise in form to displace the current centre-back pairing.
3. Fernando Llorente
When Juventus snapped up Llorente on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao, several thought the move would be beneficial for both parties.
Llorente would get to play for a top club like the Italian champions and Juventus would acquire one of Spain’s top forwards.
However things haven’t turned out as well for Llorente as he finds himself down the pecking order below Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic. Rumours are that he is unhappy and could seek a January move due to lack of playing time.
2. Iker Casillas
Since his hand injury at the beginning of the year, Casillas has not been a regular for Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho initially dropped him in favour of January signing Diego Lopez. When Mourinho departed and Carlo Ancelotti took over, things did not change as Ancelotti continued to persist with Lopez in goal.
The legendary Real Madrid captain is the still one of the best in the world and surely too good to be sitting on the bench. If he does decide to leave in January, he will not be short of suitors.
1. Juan Mata
With the arrival of Mourinho, there were rumours that Mata did not fit into his plans because of his work rate. Currently Mata finds himself behind Oscar in the pecking order.
This has led to an outrage from the Chelsea supporters who feel the two-time Chelsea player of the year merits a place in the team.
Mata is definitely one of the best creative midfielders in the world and a man of his talent cannot be wasted. He is sure to be the subject of a couple of offers during the January transfer window.
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