Premier League clubs’ summer bloodletting is in full swing, with many promising young pros consigned to the lower-league scrap heap while others look for temporary situations elsewhere.
Three young(ish) full-backs from the top-flight’s elite are expected to avail of pastures new, for a season at least, though fans of the clubs in question won’t want to see the back of them.
The dust has settled on Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s supposed cull of nine players from his first-team squad, with right-back/centre-half Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s surprise admission seemingly backtracked. It’s almost as if he was testing the mood of the fans?
Fosu-Mensah appears safe, but he alone seems one too many teenage full-backs for Mourinho, so Borthwick-Jackson looks a lock to leave on loan.
The 19-year-old made nine starts for United last season after making his debut as substitute against West Brom in November, with four of his last six resulting in wins, yet injury between March and April curtailed Bothwick-Jackson’s progress.
West Ham have already been linked, and with regular Irons right-back Aaron Cresswell sidelined for at least three months, Mourinho might get a fine chance to find out how good the local boy is.
It’s all gone so horribly wrong for this Liverpool full-back since playing a key role in the Reds’ run to unlucky Premier League runners-up in 2013/14, making his England debut and Roy Hodgson’s standby list for the last World Cup.
Flanagan spent 518 days injured from July 2014 to January 2016, according to transfermarkt.co.uk, with one knee problem leading to another and threatening the Liverpool career of the man once dubbed ‘the Scouse Cafu’.
He signed a new contract in March and was made captain by manager Jurgen Klopp against Southampton, but the Mirror believes Flanagan has agreed to spend the season on loan at Burnley as he seeks a return to peak levels of fitness.
With little in the left-back cupboard at Anfield, Klopp ought to insist on a recall clause in any deal.
Another young full-back reportedly on the verge of a temporary exit, this time to Bundesliga side Schalke just a year after signing for Chelsea, where the 22-year-old hardly let anyone down last term.
Indeed, the Blues only lost one of the first seven games Rahman started, winning five, with the Ghanaian in the XI on seven occasions when his side bagged four or more goals, including the 5-1 FA Cup thumping of Manchester City
For a player that started only 19 matches that’s not bad. He’ll continue to be watched with interest by the Stamford Bridge faithful