The Premier League can be a cruel mistress at times, particularly when it comes to transfers.
One moment, you could find yourself a hero to one club, only to try and make a better move career-wise and suddenly you’re public enemy #1. Some players are able to block all of that out and go on to continued success when they make a big move. Others, less so.
Often, clubs will try to make at least some of their money worth it by loaning a player out to try and help them find form, leaving them to be forgotten by their fans. Here are some examples of current Premier League players that you had forgotten.
Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea
The Belgian striker burst onto the scene back in the middle of the 2010s, helping Standard Liege and Marseille to put up title challenges before being signed by Chelsea for £33 million.
Another excellent showing, this time for his country in Euro 2016, marked him as a hot prospect and in his debut season, he scored the goal which clinched the Premier League title for the Blues.
Despite this, he was still way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge – leading to a number of loan moves.
Spells at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia were average before the first of two periods at Crystal Palace. He returned to the Eagles for the 2020-2021 season.
Now, he’s plying his trade in Turkey with Besiktas – though he remains a Chelsea player.
Tanguy Ndombele – Spurs
The Frenchman was a key part of the plans at Spurs when he initially signed for a monstrous £55 million in July of 2019.
However, things quickly turned sour after a bright start, leading then-Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho to question Ndombele’s professionalism in March 2020. He would only play twice more that season for Spurs.
The relationship healed slightly in 2021, which saw Ndombele come into a bit of form towards the end of the season, but it wasn’t enough to keep Mourinho in charge.
He had made nine appearances in the first three months of the 2021-22 season, but is now at Lyon on loan, with the French club (who Spurs signed him from) having the option to buy him if they want.
Lucas Torreira – Arsenal
Where did it all go wrong for the Uruguayan?
After impressing in Serie A, Arsenal took a punt on the creative midfielder, and initially it looked like they would be paid back in some style. Torreira found the net on a few occasions and was vital in creating a number of chances for the Gunners, so much so that he was seen as one of the key signings of the 2018-19 season.
March 2020 saw the start of Covid lockdowns in Europe and it was also when Torreira’s luck turned, as he suffered a serious ankle injury during an FA Cup tie with Portsmouth. Though the suspension of the Premier League allowed him extra time to recover, Arsenal’s form in the interim was strong, leaving him no opportunity to get back into Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
As such, he’s been sent out on loan in the time since – first to Atletico Madrid, where he was used sparingly, before settling in Fiorentina, where he has been a mainstay of the side.
Andreas Pereira – Manchester United
If you’re asked ‘Who is the longest-serving player at Manchester United’, then David de Gea is the top answer. But Andreas Pereira isn’t far behind him.
Having caught the eye for PSV at youth level, a visit from Alex Ferguson himself convinced Pereira to join the Red Devils at the age of just 15 in 2011.
Though he never got to play under the legendary Scot, Pereira made his senior debut just four years later aged 19. Managers Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho felt he needed more time to develop, loaning him to Granada and Valencia to do so.
He returned in 2019 with a bang – an absolute wonderstrike against Southampton which earned him United’s goal of the season. He was key for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they completed THAT comeback in Paris and was handed a four-year deal in the summer of 2019.
Since that day, he has played just 25 times for United in three years. In October of 2020, he was sent to Lazio, and has spent the last two seasons playing for Flamengo in Brazil.
Adama Traoré – Wolves
This one could surprise a few people, given that he’s currently flying up and down the wing for Barcelona, but Traoré is still a Wolves player.
The man known for his lightning pace and incredible physique tormented defences in the Premier League and across Europe while under Nuno Espirito Santo, but a slow start to the 2021-22 season under Bruno Lage saw his wait for a goal last until January.
Nonetheless, it was that month when Barcelona bit the bullet, bringing him in on loan with the option to buy in the summer. His loan contract at the La Liga giants ends next month, at which point they will have to make a decision.
Moise Kean – Everton
Ah, what might have been for Kean.
Christened by many as the future of Juventus, it was somewhat surprising to see the teenager end up at Goodison Park in the summer of 2019
Marco Silva hailed him as a ‘priority’ upon his unveiling, but things did not go well. Throughout a barren run in front of goal, Kean was suspended for disciplinary reasons. In the end, he scored just two goals for the Toffees before being shunted away on loan to PSG.
Returning to Goodison was never really an option, as Everton loaned him out again for the season just gone, sending him back to Juventus on loan with an obligation to buy in the summer of 2023.
Kiko Casilla – Leeds United
Casilla had been a steady pair of hands between the nets for Leeds in the Championship, albeit with the odd howler thrown in.
Marcelo Bielsa was a fan of the Spaniard until one awful moment cost Casilla the starting spot in goal.
He was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton striker Jonathan Leko, given an eight-game ban and fined £60,000.
Having made just three appearances in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club, he was loaned to Elche for the last season.
Unless something drastic happens to Islan Meslier, we can’t see him getting back into Elland Road any time soon.