15 players you forgot are still at Premier League clubs including Arsenal flops

Cracking first-team football in the Premier League might be one of the toughest jobs in football and not all players can do it week in, week out.

And every summer, every club splashes out on the fanciest new toys – shifting some out of the first-team picture entirely. However, finding a new club has sometimes proved fruitless – resulting in a state of limbo.

Daily Star Sport has whacked out the magnifying glass to search for those players who are still at Premier League clubs but might have been completely forgotten about – even by the clubs themselves.

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Andre Gomes

When Everton signed Gomes from Barcelona, there was some pedigree considering his CV and a decent campaign on loan saw the transfer turned permanent in 2019.

However, after a serious ankle injury, the Portugal international has failed to replicate his form since and this summer he was sent out on loan to Lille.

Facundo Pellistri

At 20, there is plenty of time for Pellestri to become a success at Manchester United – though he has yet to make a single appearance for the Red Devils since his move from Penarol in 2020.

The Uruguayan hardly impressed on loan at Alaves last season, though, and he has since had to settle for a spot in the club's reserves.

Helder Costa

After helping Leeds United to the Premier League in 2020, the Angola international started off life in the top flight well after a brace against Fulham in a 4-3 win.

That was about as good as it got for Costa, though, and loan spells to Valencia and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia have since followed as he remains on the books at Elland Road.

Pablo Mari

Eyebrows were raised when Mari first joined Arsenal in 2020 on loan where he hardly impressed before joining permanently.

Just 14 Premier League appearances have followed and he has fallen further down the pecking order sine William Saliba returned from his loan, with the Spaniard joining Italian side Monza on loan this summer.

Wesley Moraes

Aston Villa broke the bank to sign Wesley Moraes back in 2019 when he joined from Club Brugge for around £22million but the Brazilian failed to make much of an impact before suffering a severe cruciate knee ligament injury, ruling him out for a significant amount of time.

A whopping 480 days later and Wesley was back but subsequent loans at Club Brugge, Internacional and Levante have made him a forgotten figure at Villa Park.

Joe Rodon

It came as a shock when Tottenham splashed out £11m on Rodon in 2020 and that decision looks even more baffling after being ostracised from the first-team.

However, his time at Spurs might be coming to an end soon after joining Rennes this year on loan, with an option to buy, while he has made a decent start to life in Ligue 1.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin

Gbamin's is a tragic story after joining Everton in 2019 and starting the campaign with an injury that ruled him for two months, which ended up needing surgery.

However, there were complications with the operation and further surgery was needed before injuring his Achilles and he has since joined Trabzonspor on loan from the Toffees.

Runar Alex Runarsson

Arsenal were praised for their scouting of Runarsson when he joined from Dijon on a four-year contract but some dodgy displays in the Europa League saw him quickly ousted from the picture.

The Iceland international has made just one appearance in the Premier League while he signed for Turkish side Alanayaspor this summer on loan.

Leo Bonatoni

Once Bonatoni tore up the Championship, scoring 12 times for Wolves in 2017/18 as they earned promotion to the Premier League but that was probably the striker's peak, making just seven appearances in the top-flight since.

Incredibly, the 28-year-old is still with the Molineux outfit after a two-year loan at Grasshoppers that came to an end this summer but he has not even been given a squad number this season.

Baba Rahman

Chelsea had a mass clearout the summer with the likes of Kenedy, Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi all finally calling time on their Blues careers but the invincible Rahman has remained.

The Ghana international joined in 2015 and has been loaned out an incredible seven times – joining Reading this year for his second spell there.

Frederic Guilbert

The Frenchman joined Aston Villa in 2019 and made 25 Premier League appearances in his debut campaign – but his career in England then took a shuddering halt.

He has not played in the top-flight since, instead returning to France for Strasbourg on loan last season while he remains a reserve player under Steven Gerrard, at best.

Tom Heaton

It was not long ago when Heaton was being mentioned as possible England No. 1 the at Burnley but Father Time has now caught up with the goalkeeper, who now resides as United's back-up option.

At 36, the former Villa star can hardly complain about being forgotten about nowadays after returning to his boyhood club to take up a spot on the bench.

Shane Duffy

Once a Fantasy Premier League legend, Duffy became a bit-part player at Brighton over the last few years, even joining Celtic on loan in 2020.

However, he is still battling on and joined Fulham this summer on loan from the Seagulls – though he has made just two appearances so far.

Nikola Vlasic

After missing out on the signing of Jesse Lingard last year, West Ham turned to Vlasic instead – who Everton fans might remember from a brief spell back in 2017.

He was pretty poor then and the Croatian is not much better now, scoring just once last season in the Premier League and has since signed for Torino on loan.


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