Inspired by Nick Powell’s return to Manchester United action on Tuesday night, TEAMtalk looks at 10 Premier League players the world (almost) forgot about in this gallery.
1) Nick Powell
Powell almost brought Twitter in meltdown when he was introduced as a 69th-minute substitute for Juan Mata. It could have been a dream re-introduction to the United team – but a 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg and an early exit from the Champions League has massively heaped the pressure on Van Gaal. But what about poor old Powell? We wonder if he’ll have to wait as long for his next United appearance – given his last one was against MK Dons in August 2014?
2) Tony Hibbert
It’s hard not to love Tony Hibbert. The right-back is a reminder of simpler times. But having made only eight Premier League starts over the last three seasons, the 34-year-old is also a reminder that the times they are a-changin’.
3) Andrej Kramaric
Leicester City have other strikers than Jamie Vardy? Apparently so. They even have one in Kramaric that is so good he has been linked with Italian giants Juventus, Inter and AC Milan, as well as Valencia. Twelve minutes of Premier League football this season suggests otherwise.
4) Steve Sidwell
As Mark Hughes evolves Stoke City in Barcelona MK II, Sidwell has fallen completely off the radar. Appeared as a late substitute on the opening day of the season just in time to witness Philippe Coutinho’s stunning winner first hand. Hasn’t been seen since.
5) Serge Gnabry
Arsene Wenger has high hopes for Gnabry, and a loan to West Brom was intended to allow the 20-year-old to flourish in the Premier League. Tony Pulis, meanwhile, has deemed the German not good enough, restricting the attacking midfielder to one substitute appearance.
6) Christian Atsu
Even Eddie Howe seemed to have forgotten about Atsu, failing to mention he had returned to parent club Chelsea for treatment on an injury for a whole month. Barely got a kick on loan at Everton last season, starting one league match. Doesn’t look likely to beat that tally at the Cherries.
7) Federico Fazio
Seemingly on his way to West Brom in the search for first-team football over the summer, Fazio stayed put at Tottenham, and must be starting to regret his decision. The Argentina international has one League Cup start to his name this term.
8) Sylvain Marveaux
Some members of the TEAMtalk office doubted whether Marveaux actually existed until presented with photographic proof. In fact, this is him in Newcastle training just last week. The Frenchman, however, has not played first-team football for Newcastle for 21 months.
9) Jon Flanagan
Once lauded as the next Cafu by the Brazil legend himself, Flanagan hasn’t played a competitive match for Liverpool since May 2014 due to a debilitating knee injury.
10) Gokhan Inler
Somewhat of a marquee signing to replace player of the year Esteban Cambiasso, like Kramaric, former Napoli star Inler has been kept out of the Leicester side by home-grown talent. In this case, Danny Drinkwater.
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