10 big-name players out of favour in Europe: Cavani, Rakitic, Ozil & more

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With the big domestic leagues around Europe now reaching the 10-game mark, patterns are beginning to emerge as teams settle and find their grooves.

Managers have now had time to find their best team, meaning players will now have a good idea whether they’re in favour or not.

We’ve taken a look at 10 big-name players who may be looking forward to the January transfer window if their first-team prospects don’t improve.

Edinson Cavani

Transfer gossip compilers had their wet dreams come true this week when Thomas Tuchel admitted Cavani is “not completely happy” with his role at PSG.

The striker scored twice in PSG’s opening three matches of the Ligue 1 campaign only to then suffer a hip injury, allowing new signing Mauro Icardi to establish himself as the centre-forward in Tuchel’s team.

Cavani has had to settle for cameo appearances off the bench since his return, and with the Uruguayan out of contract at the end of the season, this could be his final campaign in the French capital.

Ivan Rakitic

Linked with Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Inter, Rakitic has fallen behind Frenkie de Jong, Arthur and Sergi Roberto in the midfield pecking order at Barcelona.

The 31-year-old has made a solitary start in all competitions, but Andres Iniesta believes the club would be making a mistake if they sell his former team-mate.

“I would not [let him go]. I personally consider him a great player,” Iniesta told Marca. “What he has been doing all this time has been magnificent.

“This year he is not having the prominence he had before but that does not mean that he is not a great player.”

Julain Draxler

A foot injury explains why Draxler has played just twice for PSG in 2019-20 to date, yet there have been signs in the Germany international’s absence that his future in the French capital may not be too promising.

Idrissa Gueye has shone in midfield after joining from Everton and fellow new arrivals Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia have injected a much-needed work ethic and selflessness to the side.

According to a report in Le Parisien this week, Draxler, who is under contract until 2021, is hoping to be offered a new deal by the club in the coming weeks, yet PSG have little intention to do so as things stand, and they could be open to selling the 26-year-old due to the impact of the aforementioned trio of new signings.

Adrian Rabiot

When Juventus picked up Aaron Ramsey and Rabiot on free transfers this summer, they did so believing at least one, if not both, of Blaise Matuidi or Sami Khedira would be on their way out of the club.

Instead, the experienced duo stayed put and impressed Maurizio Sarri in pre-season, meaning Rabiot has been restricted to just three starts in all competitions and is already being linked with a move away from Turin.

Emre Can

See above, except Can has made just one start in all competitions and even missed out on Juve’s Champions League squad.

Mario Mandzukic

Just hurry up and join Manchester United already, Mario.

Mesut Ozil

Unai Emery appears tempted to give Ozil more opportunities after an impressive showing for Arsenal against Liverpool in midweek, which was only the German’s third appearance in the Gunners’ 15 matches this season.

Ozil does not seem to fit in Emery’s plans, yet the manager cannot keep ignoring the enigmatic playmaker’s talents while Arsenal continue to stutter.

READ: Comparing Arsenal’s record with and without Mesut Ozil under Unai Emery

James Rodriguez

Rodriguez spent all summer expected to leave Real Madrid for either Napoli or Atletico Madrid, only to return to the Bernabeu after two years on loan at Bayern Munich.

The attacking midfielder has been given opportunities by Zinedine Zidane, starting five times in all competitions, but has been in and out of the side.

And now Marca suggest Rodriguez has now fallen behind young Uruguayan Federico Valverde in the pecking order.

Thomas Muller

A Bayern Munich stalwart, Muller himself had admitted his time in Bavaria could be coming to an end after becoming more regularly used as a substitute this season.

“In the recent five games there has been a trend that doesn’t make me happy,” he said.

“If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that.”

Ricardo Rodriguez

AC Milan have had a torrid season to date, winning just four times in Serie A to sit 10th and already replacing Marco Giampaolo with Stefano Pioli.

New signing Theo Hernandez has been a rare positive at left-back, meaning Rodriguez has had to settle for just four appearances so far this term.

The Switzerland international was linked with a transfer last season, and rumours could begin to resurface if he remains out of the side.


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