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Three Premier League Defenders That Desperately Need A Change Of Club

Three super-talented Premier League defenders somehow find themselves in football clubs that will do their careers little or no good. These are defenders who should be able to hold their own among the crème de la crème but regrettably, find themselves drifting towards obscurity.

For the majority of footballers, the maximum number of years they can spend playing active professional football at senior level is 15 years; many don’t even get that far. Beyond a decade and a half, retrogression sets in for most players, even the best of them. For footballers who haven’t reached their full potential by that time, their story becomes one full of could haves’ and should haves'. This is why footballers must sometimes make difficult but profitable decisions for the good of their careers.

Three highly-talented center-halves currently find themselves in a sort of quagmire with their footballing careers – they must look and leap to save their careers immediately.

Truth is, many footballers are in exactly the same situation as these defenders; if I were to make a list of players who need to make a career-salvaging transfer, I’ll be writing a book and not an article. Nonetheless, the focus is on these three remarkable defenders whose career is stuck with the wrong Premier League club.

Virgil van Dijk

Despite having his season blighted by nibbling injuries, Virgil van Dijk still managed to start 21 games for Southampton and in those games showed just why every club is hot after his signature. The Dutch international was phenomenal at the back for The Saints, churning out a string of stellar performances.

The 25-year-old showed everyone that there was no question mark about his talent. It’s, however, no surprise that every rumour mill seems to link VVD to one big club or the other.

Following the departure of José Fonte in January, Van Dijk was named team captain of Southampton. His calm personality as well as innate leadership qualities being key. Albeit, the skipper’s armband shouldn’t be the rope used to tie Van Dijk to the Saints.

Without much debate, Virgil van Dijk deserves to feature for a big side if he must reach his full potential. A player as talented as Van Dijk is too good to stay at Southampton. The likes of Adam Lallana and Sadio Mané have already jumped ship, Virgil van Dijk must follow the next logical route for the sake of his career.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma is one of the most gifted central defenders you’ll find; so good was he, when he was younger, he was made to play games without a name on his shirt, to shield him from the prying eye of the media and scouts from big clubs.

Try as hard as they could, Saint-Étienne could not shield Zouma from the top dogs; even without a name on his shirt, his performances were just to outstanding to keep him under the radar – it was only a matter of time before he was priced away from the Ligue 1.

Kurt Zouma is one if the three defenders who must leave their clubs to reach full potential

Chelsea was the club who won the race for his signature. It took Zouma less than a year after arriving Stamford Bridge to establish himself as a first-team regular – sending Cahill to the bench and forming a partnership with John Terry.

Then the unfathomable happened; a few weeks to the Euro 2016 tournament, Zouma suffered a career-threatening cruciate knee ligament damage – the young Frenchman wept sore as he was being stretchered out; he would be sidelined for nearly a year!

No one goes through that sort of injury and comes back the same. A much changed Zouma returned to a different Chelsea with a new manager in charge. Today, Zouma can’t get in the Chelsea team, with Cahill now Chelsea captain.

The best bet for Zouma would be to leave Chelsea to regain match fitness and show that talent that made Chelsea pay £14 million for a 19-year-old. A 2-year loan move will do.

Matteo Darmian

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the sort of amazing defender Matteo Darmian is, and I can tell you, this guy is too good to be on the bench. Darmian had become somewhat of a household name at Torino before making the big move to Manchester United in 2015. How did things turn out?

It was under former Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal that Matteo Darmian played some of best games in a Manchester United shirt. Unfortunately, following van Gaal’s departure, this highly-gifted defender has struggled to force himself into Jose Mourinho’s thinking at Manchester United, despite being outstanding for Italy at Euro 2016.

With Juventus, head over heels in search of his signature, Darmian must find a way to force through a move back to his country for the good of his career.

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