Football is rapidly becoming a game in which the players need to make quick yet smart decisions as often off the pitch as on the pitch. While a number of players’ decline as a footballer can be attributed to them losing focus due to the money being involved in the game, some have seen their career thrown off the track owing to numerous injuries.
However, there is another set of players who are grabbing the headlines owing to their inability to find a new home for themselves and in the process stagnating their respective careers. With nearly a month and a half gone since the closure of the transfer window, we take a look at 5 players who surprisingly didn’t move away from their clubs.
#1 Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
The Liverpool defender was touted to leave the club owing to disciplinary issues. However, despite being linked with numerous clubs towards the end of the transfer window, the player did not make the move from Anfield and is currently having to feature with the U-23 side.
While many have been enraged by Jurgen Klopp’s treatment of the player, the gaffer has been in complete control of the situation with the player and has even indicated that Sakho will never feature for the Reds ever again time and again. With the intention of the manager made clear, it leaves us intrigued as to why Sakho, a player who was even ready to leave his boyhood club PSG for playing time, decided to stay put at Anfield.
The French defender’s chances of featuring for the Reds have further been weakened due to the return to form for Dejan Lovren and the arrival of Joel Matip and unless the side was to endure an injury-filled time, it is unlikely that Sakho will be called upon by Klopp.