As motorways and airports across the land became full of football players travelling to new clubs on transfer deadline day, some sat staring at their phones, urging it to ring, only to be left stranded at a club that doesn’t want them as 11 o’clock ticked by. Here are five of the biggest:
Ba attracted Arsenal, Tottenham and former clubs West Ham and Newcastle on deadline day. But his rather hefty £3m loan price tag turned them all off. Luckily, Romelu Lukaku left for a season-long loan at Everton, meaning Ba’s chances of playing time increased. Sadly it’s not enough to shrink his 66/1 odds to be the league’s top scorer.
The Portuguese left back went from playing 32 games for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho last season to not even making the bench in any match for Carlo Ancelotti so far this term. Coentrao was denied an eleventh hour loan move to Manchester United because of late paperwork, leaving him free to pick out his favourite seat in the stands to watch the next four months from.
In a typical Harry Redknapp player-peddling move, the QPR boss used the media to declare his utter disbelief that no big club had come knocking for “world-class keeper” Cesar a few days before the end of the window. So world-class, in fact, that he can’t even make the bench for a Capital One Cup game let alone a Championship one despite retaining the Brazilian number one jersey.
Bendtner only managed nine appearances in a loan spell with Juventus last season and suffered such a reputation slide that only struggling Crystal Palace registered an interest in him this time around. Seeing him in an Arsenal shirt in the league again would be a very surprising event.
Long was minutes away from signing a deal with Hull only to see the opportunity snatched away by parent club West Brom in the closing stages of deadline day. It leaves the Baggies rather top heavy, with the arrival of Victor Anichebe taking their striking numbers to five. With Steve Clarke seemingly happy to let Long go, only to get last minute jitters, the Irishman seems set for a frustrating, bench-warming campaign.