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13 footballers we can’t believe are STILL at these Premier League clubs

Lazar Markovic Liverpool

The 25-man squads have sieved out the unwanted men who still remain on top-flight books – but even then, there are several more stars who will feel lucky to remain...

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Vincent Janssen (Tottenham)

Vincent Janssen

Spurs fans knew this was coming as soon as the Dutch striker picked up a foot injury that would keep him out for weeks on August 21 – a crucial time to offload him to the continent once more after last season’s patchy nine-month spell at Fenerbahce (17 games, five goals).

The Turkish side didn’t fancy taking Janssen permanently during the summer, however – and seemingly, nor did anyone else. Tottenham paid £17 million for the 24-year-old in summer 2016 – that’s £8.5m per Premier League goal so far – and his contract runs until 2020. He didn’t make Mauricio Pochettino’s 25-man squad and will now be kicking his heels until January at least.

Lazar Markovic (Liverpool)

Lazar Markovic

Markovic isn’t new to a list like this, what with him not having actually played for Liverpool since May 2015. Let that sink in for a second: approaching three-and-a-half years without kicking a ball for his contracted club, having cost them an eye-watering £20m in July 2014. Not Brendan’s finest signing, for sure.

Liverpool thought they were finally doing away with the Serbian for a mere £2.9m to Anderlecht last week, only for the deal to collapse. “They almost did a crazy effort for the player, but it wasn’t enough,” huffed the Belgians’ manager, Hein Vanhaezebrouck. “It’s his own fault that the deal fell through.”

The 24-year-old later pleaded innocence via Twitter, but it was too late. Markovic has spent time on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull and Anderlecht since August 2015, but somehow remains at Anfield. Once a Red...

Andy King (Leicester)

Andy King

Being packed off on loan to Swansea for the second half of 2017/18 told King his time was up Leicester, after almost 12 years in the Foxes’ first team and club legend status in the bag. “My time at Leicester had come to an end,” he noted. “I wasn’t really involved and I’m not one of those players who wants to train and not be involved on a Saturday.”

Unfortunately for the 29-year-old midfielder, though, that’s exactly what he’ll be doing. King has been left out of Claude Puel’s 25-man squad after failing to land a move elsewhere this summer – perhaps in part thanks to the new contract he earned after Leicester’s title win in 2015/16.

Younes Kaboul, Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford)

Younes Kaboul

Two Hornets defenders without futures at Vicarage Road. Javi Gracia did his best to tell them they weren’t wanted – specifically declaring that Kaboul was fit but not training with the team, presumably while winking with unnatural regularity – but couldn’t offload either in the end.

Kaboul has, in fairness, endured a horrific time with injuries during his time in Hertfordshire and hasn’t played for Watford since limping off against Southampton in September 2017.

Dutchman Zeegelaar, meanwhile, only joined from Sporting CP last summer – on a four-year contract, no less – but was restricted to just 13 appearances in 2017/18 and hasn’t turned out since February. At least he made Watford’s squad, though, unlike his defensive colleague.

Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City)

Eliaquim Mangala

Mangala also made the 25-man cut for Pep Guardiola, but will only be used as a last resort this season. Last term the Frenchman was farmed out to Everton on loan, but only managed two appearances before succumbing to a knee injury.

The 27-year-old is likely behind John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Danilo, Fabian Delph, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson and Moonchester in the central defensive pecking order, but might get a look-in if a dodgy lasagne makes its way to the Etihad Campus.

It’s easy to forget that Mangala has been a Manchester City player for four years now, and is now in the last year of his contract following that disastrous £32m move from Porto.

Adam Legzdins (Burnley)

Adam Legzdins

You can’t get Legzdins off your brain, we know. Maybe now you really won’t, though, knowing that Sean Dyche has collected five goalkeepers in his Burnley squad for 2018/19.

Legzdins has never played for the Clarets since signing from Birmingham in summer 2017, and now ‘competes’ for football with *deep breath* Tom Heaton, Anders Lindegaard, Nick Pope (currently injured) and new arrival Joe Hart.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the 31-year-old hasn’t made Burnley’s Premier League squad.