Transfer

Left in the dark; 3 stars still uncertain of their futures after close of transfer window

The 2021 summer transfer window closed on 3 days ago with clubs and players alike sealing important deals before time elapsed on Tuesday night.

However, there are few players who were not able to seal their desired moves and are quite uncertain of what’s next as they don’t have a guaranteed spot in any club.

Here are 3 of such players uncertain of their futures

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

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Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles was desperate to seal a move away from Arsenal on deadline day and he openly expressed his displeasure as Arsenal rejected a loan bid for him on deadline day. Maitland-Niles didn’t hold back as he posted a cryptic message on social media aimed at his club.

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Maitland-Niles has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta and he spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom.

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is reportedly unhappy with Maitland-Niles’ recent attitude and the gaffer is said to have frozen the Englishman out of his plans for the season. Hence, things are set to get even more difficult for the midfielder.

Serge Aurier

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With Serge Aurier not being in the plans of new Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, efforts were made to find a club for the Ivorian on transfer deadline day but to no avail.

Aurier had initially expressed his desire to leave the club and with the arrival of Emerson Royal at the club on deadline day, it meant the Ivorian right-back wouldn’t be getting playing time at the London side.

Few hours after deadline, Tottenham Hotspur released a statement saying their contract with Aurier had been terminated by mutual consent and the Coted’voire international is currently without a club. Though, he’s been linked with a move to Arsenal in the last 24 hours.

Ross Barkley

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England midfielder, Ross Barkley has been a Chelsea player for more than 3 and a half years now but has struggled to hit consistent form for the Blues.

The former Everton wonderkid spent last season on loan at Aston Villa in a bid to push for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad but after a brilliant start at the Midlands club, injuries limited his chances as he suffered yet another underwhelming season.

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Barkley is back at Chelsea but he doesn’t seem to be in Thomas Tuchel’s plans as he barely featured for the Blues even in pre-season. To make matters worse, the Englishman’s number 8 jersey has been taken by Matteo Kovacic and he’s currently without a squad number.

Barkley is highly unlikely to play for Chelsea this season with the array of options the club has in midfield and a move away is only possible if an offer comes from Turkey or eastern Europe where the transfer window is still open.

According to reports however, Ross Barkley has been named in Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League squad for the 2021/22 season.

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