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10 Premier League rejects who are having great times elsewhere

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6. Mohamed Salah

Why did Jose Mourinho sign the Egyptian from Basel for £11m in January 2014 if he didn't intend to give him a decent chance? That remains a mystery.

Salah was useful and even scored in the famous 6-0 win over Arsenal, but he found his appearances limited – just three in his first full Premier League season after joining in January 2014 – and by the summer wanted out. He was sent on loan to Fiorentina, ironically as part of the deal for Juan Cuadrado, who was also immediately discarded by Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Salah's time in Serie A has been a huge success – he was compared to Roberto Baggio in Florence, before controversially signing for Roma and becoming a big star at the Stadio Olimpico. This season he’s been sensational, scoring eight goals and notching four assists.

5. Oguzhan Ozyakup

"I always thought he could make a career, but at our club he had big competition in front of him and that’s why we let him go," Arsene Wenger reasoned about his sale of the Netherlands-born Turkish midfielder to Besiktas in the summer of 2012.

That might have been reasonable for the youngster who joined the Arsenal academy four years previously and hoped to shine in the Premier League, but the price was low – Besiktas only paid £500,000 for his services.

Ozyakup had since developed into one of the Super Lig’s biggest stars and was crucial when the Black Eagles won the title last season. His trickery and imagination are a joy to watch, and Arsenal could yet bring the 24-year-old back one day.

Oguzhan Ozyakup

'Ozzy' has become one of Turkey's most popular players

4. Iago Falque

The Spaniard's Premier League "career" at Tottenham had been bizarre – Andre Villas-Boas gave him his debut on 85 minutes with Spurs leading 1-0 at Everton, but they conceded twice in injury time and lost.

That was the end for Falque, whose career route is even stranger – he spent time at Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus’s academies before arriving at White Hart Lane. The club never believed in him, though, and let him go after positive loan spells at Almeria and Rayo Vallecano.

Falque scored 13 goals for Genoa in 2014/15, earning him a move to Roma. Last season was rather disappointing, but he is is back to his best at Torino this term with seven goals in 11 games to his name. At the age of 26, he still has time on his side.

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