SOS: 6 Premier League players who need loan moves to save their season
The January transfer window can provide hope for these exiles desperate for a temporary switch...
Only five players moved to the Premier League for more money than Michy Batshuayi last summer, but it seems he already needs a change of scenery – at least temporarily.
He has not started a league game since signing for Chelsea from Marseille for £33m in July.
Diego Costa has been in exceptional form, so it is unlikely that the 23-year-old will receive many chances to make an impact for the remainder of the season.
There are plenty of striker-hungry sides in the top-flight, though, such as West Ham, who came close to signing Batshuayi in the summer before he opted to join Chelsea.
Allowing such a talented young forward to leave permanently after just six months at the club would be unwise.
But while Antonio Conte has been adamant that Batshuayi has a future at Stamford Bridge, giving the former Marseille man a chance to adapt to English football would seem to be the best option for all involved.
Known more for his banter than his ball skills, Carl Jenkinson has to make a move for his career to progress.
The 24-year-old impressed on loan at West Ham in 2014, but a serious knee injury cut short a second season in east London that wasn’t going particularly well anyway.
He has stagnated since then, making just one appearance in the Premier League this season.
But while he has become a figure of fun at the Emirates, it’s easy to forget that Jenkinson is an England international and was once a very promising young player.
A return to West Ham or a reunion with Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace both make sense for the full-back.
For all the attention that Fabian Delph received when he fled Aston Villa for Manchester City in July 2015, the 27-year-old’s time at the club has always been relatively low-key.
He has only played 19 times in the Premier League and scored two goals, with injuries and inconsistent form interrupting his first two seasons in the north west.
He needs a change, particularly as he is unlikely to fit into Pep Guardiola’s possession-focused system.
Given that City are currently short of central midfielders, though, it would be no surprise if they kept Delph at the Etihad and gave him a chance to earn his place.
But he needs to play regularly, and would benefit from a switch to another Premier League side, as Jack Wilshere has with Bournemouth.
When Jose Mourinho makes a decision about a player, it is difficult to change his mind.
That is the dilemma Memphis Depay has faced since the Portugese arrived at Old Trafford in the summer.
The talented Dutchman – who scored 25 goals in his final season with PSV before joining United in 2015 – has barely featured in his second year in the Premier League.
His manager simply doesn’t fancy him.
There is hope, though. Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado both managed to escape Mourinho exile by moving abroad on loan after they were frozen out at Chelsea.
Depay, who still has plenty to give at the age of just 22, can do the same this month.
Long touted as the future of Chelsea’s midfield engine room, it’s time to find out whether Ruben Loftus-Cheek is actually any good.
The Englishman was the star of a Chelsea academy side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in three consecutive years from 2011 to 2014, but has played only sporadically since making his senior debut two years ago.
Three managers have now determined that Loftus-Cheek is not ready for regular first-team football, but it really is time the 20-year-old proves he has the ability to play in the top flight – or not.
Championship side Newcastle are interested, but he could also be an attractive option for a bottom-half Premier League team in need of an athletic midfielder.
No player needs rescuing from his current situation more than Saido Berahino.
The West Brom forward – once considered a future England star – has not played since 10 September, with his last Premier League goal coming last February.
The Baggies have offered to treble his wages if he signs a new contract, but there is no reason for him to sign at this point.
Tony Pulis has shown nothing to suggest the 23-year-old is a major part of his plans.
Should Berahino refuse to sign a new deal, it makes sense for West Brom to try and get something for him.
But other clubs are unlikely to pay a sizeable sum considering he will be available for just compensation in the summer.
A loan deal with a small fee is the best way to finally bring this saga to a close.