An awful few weeks for English clubs on the continental front has meant that for the second time in three years, no Premier League sides will compete in the last eight of the Champions League, while Everton became Britain’s last representative in the Europa League. And the Toffees joined their fellow clubs on the scrapheap after they failed to capitalise on their narrow lead from the first leg against Dynamo Kiev.
With European failure complete, it would not be a surprise to see plenty of players seek to force through a move away from these shores at the end of the season.
Here are ten of those players who could leave the country come the summer:
Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)
The Columbian has had an awful first season in English football, contributing just four goals in the Premier League, so it would be no surprise at all to see him sent back to his parent club, Monaco as soon as the curtain falls on the current campaign, with both his club, and himself bizarrely confirming that his days in England are numbered.
Falcao has looked bereft of confidence ever since Manchester United fans realised that he was not quite the player his reputation suggested he would be. His miserable time was compounded when he was substituted for a poor performance whilst filling in for the club’s under-21 side.
Toby Alderweireld (Southampton)
Another loanee who may be on his way out this summer. However, unlike his former Atletico Madrid teammate, Alderweireld would be hugely missed if he were to leave the Saints. The defender has been impressive this season, and Ronald Koeman’s side reportedly have a future fee of around £6.3m in place with his parent club, however the La Liga champions would be willing to sell him elsewhere if more money was on the table.
Despite expressing his desire to stay on the south coast, the Belgian is being watched by top clubs both in the Premier League, and abroad.