10 Premier League rejects who are having great times elsewhere

So they didn’t make it in England’s top flight. So what? Michael Yokhin profiles a clutch of stars whose moves away proved their making

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10. Iago Aspas

The Spanish wizard was signed by Liverpool in the summer of 2013 after impressing for Celta Vigo, supposedly to offer the Reds "another dimension to the attacking play", as Brendan Rodgers put it.

That never happened – Aspas was discarded by September and left Anfield after making just five appearances in the starting lineup, having rarely been given the chance to prove himself.

Liverpool fans must have been surprised to see him earning his international debut and scoring a magnificent goal for Spain against England at Wembley. He’s in top form for Celta as well, with 14 goals last season and seven in just 12 games this term.

9. Andrej Kramaric

Leicester were praised for unearthing the talents of Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, who were both purchased at ridiculously low prices, but the Foxes never knew what to do with a much more expensive signing.

Croatian striker Kramaric was heavily linked to Tottenham and Chelsea before signing for £7.5m from Rijeka in January 2015, but he never settled under Nigel Pearson and didn't suit Claudio Ranieri either.

The Foxes thought they were lucky to get the investment back when selling Kramaric to Hoffenheim this summer after an initial loan, but the forward is proving himself in the Bundesliga. He became an integral part of the team that is yet to lose this season, and definitely shouldn’t be considered a flop.

Andrej Kramaric

Kramaric needed to leave Leicester to fulfil his potential

8. Suso

Suso was persuaded to sign for Liverpool by Rafa Benitez as a 16-year-old prodigy, and the Spanish midfielder was promoted to the first-team squad by Brendan Rodgers in 2012.

A very promising debut against Manchester United proved his talent, but he was soon benched again and totally discarded after a loan spell at Almeria. Eventually, he left for Milan.

2016 has been a superb year for Suso. First he excelled on loan at Genoa as a right winger, then even improved at San Siro in the same position, drawing comparisons to Arjen Robben. A brace in the derby against Inter was followed by a goal and a couple of assists at Empoli on Saturday, and the 23-year-old has become a key player for Vincenzo Montella’s resurgent team.

7. Serge Gnabry

Arsene Wenger didn't want to release the winger who starred for Germany at the Olympics this summer, but Gnabry was desperate for playing time on a weekly basis.

He arrived at Arsenal aged 16 and made a bright start, but a knee injury ruled him out in 2014/15. Then came a disastrous loan spell at West Brom where he was totally ignored by Tony Pulis – the Welshman didn't think Gnabry was ready for the Premier League.

Without an immediate future at the Emirates, Arsenal sold the young German to Werder Bremen, where he immediately became the Bundesliga strugglers’ most important player with five goals and an assist in 11 matches. The Gunners might yet regret selling him.

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