13 players you’d forgotten were still at Premier League clubs
1. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal)
That’s right, the Premier League’s second-most famous Yaya is still around and returned to first-team training with Arsenal over the summer after his loan at Charlton.
Since signing on a free transfer from Auxerre in 2013, Sanogo has only made 20 appearances for the Gunners and been shipped out on loans to Crystal Palace (one goal), Ajax (no goals) and the Addicks, where his only net-ripplers in eight matches came in a hat-trick against Reading.
Unless you were at the 2014 Emirates Cup, where Sanogo scored four goals in one game against Benfica, the only other Gunners strike of his you may have seen came in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund. Seemingly, it’s all or very little with the Frenchman, who had a loan move to Leeds blocked on deadline day.
2. Dionatan Teixeira (Stoke)
“Who?!” you might ask. Fair enough, really: the 24-year-old Brazil-born former Slovakia youth international Teixeira has been left out of Stoke’s last two initial Premier League squads but still won’t take the hint. (This year he was the only senior player not to make the cut.)
Since joining from Dukla Banska Bystrica in 2014, the 6ft 4in stopper has made two substitute appearances in the Premier League, and was sent out on loan for part of last season to Fleetwood Town. In May he had a trial at MLS side Orlando City, but didn’t sign as reports had suggested he might.
3. Tiago Ilori (Liverpool)
After signing from Sporting for £7 million in 2013, it has largely been a life on the road for Ilori, whose three Reds appearances so far all came in the FA Cup last season.
The 23-year-old Hampstead-born Portugal youth international wanted a return to his native Portugal for the start of this season
Having been sent on loan to Granada, Bordeaux and Aston Villa over the last three seasons, the (Hampstead-born, by the way) Portugal youth international wanted a return home (he grew up in Portugal) for the start of this season.
According to reports he was desperate to join Porto, but Liverpool wanted to send the 23-year-old to Greece instead. Granada (again) and Valencia both made late attempts to sign him on loan too, but in the end he stayed put on Merseyside and has been handed a Premier League squad number for the season.
4. Nathan Dyer (Swansea)
Dyer won the Premier League with Leicester while on loan last season, but he only managed six minutes of top-flight action from mid-January onwards.
The wideman had previously been an important player for parent club Swansea after joining from Southampton in 2009, but was pushed out of the Liberty Stadium last summer by player-turned-boss Garry Monk.
Still, upon his return to Swansea this summer he signed a new four-year contract. Aged 28. Not good enough to play at the Liberty last season but good enough for the next four years? Go figure. This season he’s mustered five minutes of Prem action so far.
5. Paul Robinson (Burnley)
A player you probably didn’t realise was still around in general, let alone at a Premier League club (then again, Stuart Taylor and that).
Robinson has been happily bench-warming at Burnley since joining on a free in January following his release by Blackburn, and is yet to make an appearance. Initially signed on a one-year deal, the ex-England keeper was recently handed a one-year extension for this season.