10 Premier League rejects who are having great times elsewhere
3. Nabil Bentaleb
The France-born Algerian midfielder had been a revelation for Tottenham under Tim Sherwood in 2013/14, becoming a regular in the lineup thanks to his quality distribution and tackling.
Bentaleb was considered a top talent but his form suffered early last season, an untimely injury hurt his chances, and he was soon discarded while Spurs played superbly without him.
He needed a new start, and a loan move to Schalke proved to be exactly that. Not only did Bentaleb recover but Tottenham were surprised to discover that he can score as well, with five brilliantly taken goals in all competitions. As his stay in Gelsenkirchen is only temporary for now, Bentaleb might yet be back at White Hart Lane in 2017 – although that’s unlikely.
Bentaleb's stonker at 1:17
2. Anthony Modeste
Blackburn took the French striker on loan from Bordeaux in January 2012, hoping that he would help them to avoid relegation. Modeste – then only 21 – started just three games, didn't find the net and is best remembered for a needless red card at West Brom. Rovers went down.
After useful spells at Bastia and Hoffenheim, Modeste is now flourishing at Cologne and is considered one of the Bundesliga’s top strikers. This season is most certainly his best so far, with 12 goals in 12 games, and he could yet get a call from France coach Didier Deschamps.
1. Peter Gulacsi
Goalkeeper is considered one of the most problematic positions at Liverpool. Simon Mignolet and newly signed Loris Karius are yet to fully convince, and the Reds might be curious to know that the man they never rated is having an incredible time in the Bundesliga.
Gulacsi has only conceded 10 goals in 12 matches for newly promoted (but unbeaten) RB Leipzig, who top the table ahead of Bayern Munich. The Hungarian never got a game at Liverpool after joining from MTK Budapest in 2007, later enduring problematic loan spells at Hereford, Tranmere and Hull.
Now, somewhat bizarrely, he is probably better than any of the options Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.