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5 Premier League players who should have switched clubs in the January window

Conor Lochrie
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Hart's form has meant he's been demoted to number 2 for West Ham

Another transfer window has been and gone and inevitably, it broke the record for more spent for January.

A whopping £419m was splashed by Premier League teams as they tried to ready themselves for the second half of the season. Some players who were expected to leave their clubs departed: Philippe Coutinho finally got his wish and moved to Barcelona; Virgil van Dijk also got his awaited transfer from Southampton to usual business partners Liverpool.

Even as of the final day of the transfer window, Premier League teams were frantically trying to get transfers over the line.

There was the almost comical and complex business between Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund, as they all tried to swap Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang respectively; that they actually managed it is remarkable.

Despite the incredible amount of money spent, some players didn't make the move elsewhere, and some players were very unfortunate not do so.

This slideshow looks at five players who could have, and probably should have, signed for another club during last month.

#5 Joe Hart (West Ham United)

Since being dropped by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Joe Hart's fall from grace has come quickly.

He moved on loan last season to Torino in Italy, was greeted with much fanfare for a goalkeeper, and proceeded to play consistently poorly for his new club, with mistakes leading to loss of points on several occasions.

He returned to Manchester City but still wasn't fancied so another loan, this time staying in England with West Ham, followed. It has only led to Hart being recently dropped to the bench by manager David Moyes, replaced by Adrian.

At 30 years old, the Englishman should be at his absolute peak for a player in his position. Hart was arguably one of Europe's strongest goalkeepers 4 seasons ago; his sharp decline in form is incredible.

Perhaps his confidence has suffered and is influencing his performances, but whatever it is, he needs to recover fast. There was some talk about him leaving West Ham in January to go on loan elsewhere but Moyes ultimately blocked this from happening.

This must have been frustrating for Hart because he needs to be playing regularly if he's to stand any chance of making England's World Cup squad this summer: for their current number 1 to be sitting on a substitute's bench for the rest of the season is unthinkable.

Any number of Premier League suitors would have lined up to try and resurrect his ailing form, but for now, Hart will just have to battle Adrian to retake his starting position.

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Conor Lochrie
Freelance writer, massive football fan! Currently living in New Zealand.
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