15 Jul Karius, Drinkwater, Odegaard report again for responsibility!
After a summer time stuffed with worldwide match motion on a number of continents begins to attract to an in depth, focus shifts again to the home recreation as gamers report again for preseason coaching.
Whereas many jet in after taking part in for his or her international locations, some are returning, maybe reluctantly, to their father or mother golf equipment after for much longer absences. Some might even battle to seek out the coaching floor!
Indeed, the sight of Karius limbering up in a Liverpool kit came as a shock to many who were surprised to discover that the German goalkeeper is still on the club’s books, having not made a competitive appearance since 2018.
🤜 Our 𝐆𝐊 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧 out grafting in Austria 🤛 pic.twitter.com/BHMybhYIeD
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 13, 2021
Karius has been out on mortgage with Besiktas and Union Berlin, after his final look for Liverpool resulted in calamity. It got here towards Actual Madrid within the 2017-18 Champions League ultimate, an evening on which the stopper suffered an early concussion in a collision with Sergio Ramos earlier than going on to make expensive errors in a 3-1 defeat.
After one other gaffe in a preseason pleasant at the beginning of the next season, he was shipped out and Alisson was signed from Roma in a world-record transfer for a goalkeeper, with Karius having three years left on his contract.
That contract nonetheless has one yr left to run, although Karius– who made simply 4 Bundesliga appearances for Union final season — is predicted to spend it on mortgage once more. Nonetheless, in the interim at the least, he’s again within the Liverpool fold and coaching with the primary team.
Karius could also be Liverpool’s forgotten man, however many large golf equipment are nonetheless harbouring names that you simply’d be forgiven for considering had moved on many moons in the past.
Here is only a selection of the gamers you nearly undoubtedly forgot have been nonetheless technically at a few of the world’s greatest teams.
Pereira was noticed coaching with United this week after spending final season in Italy with Lazio — the third season in five that he has spent out on loan.
The Belgium-born midfielder made his debut for United during the 2014-15 season but has found his opportunities somewhat limited ever since, making less than 50 league appearances over the course of seven years at Old Trafford.
A former wonderkid with “Mini Messi” billing, Roberts signed for City from Fulham in 2015 (the same month that Raheem Sterling joined the club) at the age of 18.
Roberts’ transfer cost £11m, but six years on down the line, the former England youth striker has made just one Premier League appearances for City (coming on for the last four minutes of a 4-1 defeat against Tottenham in September 2015). Indeed, the 24-year-old has generally been out on loan ever since January 2016, when he signed his first loan deal with Celtic.
The attacking midfielder signed a two-year contract extension with City in May 2019, but still hasn’t featured for his parent club, instead spending time with Girona, Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Derby County between 2018 and 2021.
Signed from Leicester City for £35m in September 2017, just 12 months after winning the Premier League, Drinkwater’s time at Chelsea has been forgettable to say the least.
The 31-year-old midfielder hasn’t played for the Blues in three years, and instead has had to settle for a place among the club’s infamous “loan army” — an entire battalion of players who seem to spend their entire lives ploughing itinerant furrows elsewhere.
Drinkwater has spent time with Burnley and Aston Villa, and in Turkey with Kasimpasa for whom he made 11 appearances last season.
Indeed, Chelsea could piece together an entire squad of absentees all by themselves, with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Kenedy, Baba Rahman, Matt Miazga, Trevor Chalabah, Ethan Ampadu, Michy Batshuayi, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Lewis Baker all still on the payroll despite playing pretty much all their football elsewhere.
As well as Karius, Liverpool were also rejoined by midfielder Grujic at their training camp in the Austrian mountains.
Now 25, the Serbian signed for the Reds in 2016 but has made just eight Premier League appearances. Indeed, Grujic was loaned straight back to Red Star Belgrade on his arrival at Anfield, which more or less set the template.
Next came a fairly forgettable stint with Cardiff in 2018, followed by two seasons at Hertha Berlin and a further unremarkable year in Portugal (2020-21) with FC Porto.
However, with a contract that runs until the summer of 2023, Grujic is back with Jurgen Klopp’s side pending any future developments.
There was a flush of excitement when Arsenal fended off several rivals to secure the services of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for £26m in the summer of 2018. The combative Uruguay international was supposed to provide some much-needed grit in the heart of the Gunners’ midfield for years to come.
After a decent first season, Torreira found his progress disrupted when Unai Emery, who brought him to north London, was fired and replaced by Mikel Arteta, who didn’t deem the midfielder to be quite so integral.
Reduced to bit-parts and cameos, Torreira left the Emirates to spend the 2020-2021 season on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he promptly won a trophy — a league title, no less — at the first time of asking.
Now he’s back, with an uncertain future, linked with a return to Italy and has also expressed a desire to play for Barcelona.
Still only 34, it feels like Joe Hart has taken up a veteran role at Tottenham usually reserved for much more “senior” goalkeepers (think Scott Carson at Man City and Lee Grant at Man United), lending his experience to junior cohorts while turning out in the odd cup game here and there.
Hart last featured in the Premier League while playing for Burnley in 2018 and has made just 10 appearances for Spurs in all competitions since moving on a free transfer in the summer of 2020.
Still, he keeps plugging away in the background, happy to play second fiddle to Hugo Lloris.
❄️ 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 ❄️ pic.twitter.com/dG3zlzGLPv
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 13, 2021
Cuisance was thought to be one thing of a younger maestro when Bayern took the plunge and plucked him from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summertime of 2019.
The gifted midfielder had been topped Gladbach’s participant of the season in his debut Bundesliga marketing campaign (2017-18), having been signed instantly from Nancy’s under-19 facet.
Since transferring to Bayern, the 21-year-old Frenchman has performed a full 90 minutes simply as soon as, discovering himself slipping down the pecking order.
After making simply 9 bit-part Bundesliga appearances in his first season with Bayern, a everlasting transfer to Leeds was lined up in the summertime of 2020 just for the deal to fall by means of resulting from a failed medical.
Cuisance then opted to signal for Marseille on mortgage and spent the 2020-21 season again residence in France, taking part in 30 video games and pitching in with two objectives. Now he is again with Bayern, however for a way lengthy?
Many followers could not be blamed for questioning who Odegaard really performs for, contemplating he’s already been on the books of seven teams on the age of 22.
Having spent a portion of final season on mortgage at Arsenal, Odegaard has as soon as once more been summoned again to Actual Madrid for preseason — a cycle he is aware of solely too properly by now.
Odegaard was initially taken on by Los Blancos as a teenage prodigy in 2015, after ripping up the Norwegian league as a 15-year-old with Stromsgodset.
Nonetheless, the skillful midfielder has barely had a glance in at Actual since graduating from the B team, taking part in for Heerenveen, Vitesse, Actual Sociedad and the Gunners.
Can he now recapture any of that once-sensational momentum? He is made simply eight La Liga appearances for Madrid, however with Zinedine Zidane having left and a model new coach in Carlo Ancelotti to impress, maybe 2021-22 could be the season that the Norwegian playmaker lastly makes some tangible headway on the Bernabeu?