Five Premier League players becoming free agents today who you may have forgotten about

With the new Premier League season on the horizon, clubs are set to sign stars on multi-million pound deals in order to retain their place in the division, challenge for European football or win an all-elusive title. With that, some stars must be let go – and with contracts expiring, certain players who the wider population may have forgotten about are set to depart from their clubs. Express Sport explores five options who will become free agents on Friday morning.

Cenk Tosun

Tosun joined Everton for a fee of £27million back when Sam Allardyce was manager in January 2018 as a quick-fire replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who had departed to Manchester United just six months earlier.

He endured a relatively decent start to life in England in his first six months, ending the Premier League campaign with five goals in 14 games.

But a run of just three goals in 25 league games the season after saw him shipped out on loan to Crystal Palace, where he scored just once in five games before a return to Everton.

Only one Premier League appearance followed this season with a six minute appearance in the 4-1 drubbing by Liverpool back in December. It is entirely plausible that even Everton fans forgot about Tosun…

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater has by far the best pedigree on this list after his Premier League win with Leicester back in 2016. His exploits earned him a move to Chelsea, with whom he won the title again the following year.

Injury set him back before a loan move to Burnley in 2019, where he made just one appearance after allegedly being attacked outside a nightclub in Manchester, suffering ankle ligament damage.

His loan was cut short, where he joined Aston Villa – although more unrest followed after he reportedly aimed a headbutt at team-mate Jota.

The Englishman then had failed attempts at Kasimpasa and Reading to try and secure a permanent move away from the club before being released this summer after just 23 appearances.

Loris Karius

Karius will forever be remembered by fans across the world for his poor performance in the 2018 Champions League final, although people do forget that the German was a solid keeper for Liverpool in his stint at the club.

Making 49 appearances across two years for the Reds, he never recovered from his mistakes in Kyiv before being shipped out to Besiktas on loan for two years.

And at the age of just 29, the star could still have a long and prosperous career if he chooses the right club.

Shane Long

The Irishman has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, appearing in the most part for clubs such as West Brom, Southampton and Reading.

But at the age of 35, the time has come for the Saints to release him from his contract as they seek younger replacements.

He will not be short of suitors in a different league, but it could well be that Long finds his future in the Championship or even back home in Ireland.

Andre Gray

Gray seemed to have a promising career when he joined Brentford in 2014 at the age of just 23, scoring 16 goals in just 41 games for the Bees before a £9m move to Burnley the year after.

23 goals in 41 games saw the Clarets promoted to the Premier League, and nine goals the season after saw England call-ups being bandied about.

However, after a £18m move to Watford, he failed to hit the heights expected of him since, and despite a semi-decent loan spell to QPR last season, his time at Vicarage Road is up.

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