7 outcasted Prem players you forgot about as Barkley doesn’t get Chelsea number

Ross Barkley once drew comparisons to Paul Gascoigne – he now sits in the footballing wilderness with no squad number at Chelsea.

Barkley wasn't short of suitors not too long ago, much like Jack Wilshire, and Xavi even hoped he would play at the Nou Camp one day.

But football had other ideas, and Barkley now sits unregistered and without a squad number at Stamford Bridge.

It's been quite the fall from grace for the Englishman, who was once a starter for the Three Lions, but he's not the only one.

And Daily Star Sport looks at seven forgotten Premier League players.

Phil Bardsley (Burnley)

If you Google Phil Bardsley the first suggested line reads: "Is Phil Bardsley still at Burnley?"

In short, yes, yes he is, and Bardsley even recently signed a contract extension that will keep him in Lancashire until next summer.

After starting his career at Manchester United, Bardsley rose to fame as part of plucky Sunderland and Stoke City sides.

However, he has failed to break into the Burnley side as of late, and he only managed four appearances last campaign.

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Ross Barkley (Chelsea)

Barkley has become infamous for his fall from grace.

At Everton, Roberto Martinez said of the Englishman: "I think Ross is ready to use his experience and is an example to the new generation of English football."

However, after a disappointing loan spell at Aston Villa, Chelsea have opted to not give Barkley a squad number after he failed to secure a move.

Barkley is now stuck without football until January.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United)

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It had been two full calendar years since Adam Forshaw played a competitive fixture for the Leeds United first team when he made his return against Crewe in the EFL Cup.

And in a side containing Kalvin Phillips, Forshaw is arguably Marcelo Bielsa's favourite midfielder.

According to The Athletic, Bielsa has privately held discussions where he has suggested Forshaw is a Champions League calibre player.

However, a series of injuries, and resulting surgeries, have kept in on the sideline for the past seasons.

Scott Carson (Manchester City)

Scott Carson reminded football fans that he does indeed play for Manchester City when he started between the sticks against Newcastle.

Carson initially joined City from Derby on loan in 2019, and he has since made that switch permanent.

However, Pep Guardiola has been complimentary about the goalkeeper: "The people don’t know it but he's a leader for Man City. For the young guys and old guys, what he brings. He’s an incredible delight."

Carson started his career at Liverpool, where he claimed a Champions League medal, and he has England caps to his name.

Phil Jones (Manchester United)

"I think United have signed a future captain of England. He will be an England regular very soon," Steve Kean, who was then manager of Blackburn, said in a statement when he moved to United.

Sir Alex Ferguson shared his sentiment: "I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.

"At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch.

But Jones hasn't started for United since the 19/20 campaign, and he failed to command a transfer fee this summer over the summer.

Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Juan Mata made nine Premier League appearances over the campaign last season, and many Red Devils fans expected him to move on.

And so they were left scratching their heads when he signed a new contract.

The Spaniard has been a great servant for United since he made the switch from Chelsea.

But he now finds himself behind a wealth of midfielders in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Winston Reid (West Ham United)

Arsenal were once desperate to land Winston Reid, but West Ham stood firm and offered him a mega six-year £70,000-per-week contract.

The Hammers are now reportedly trying to terminate the New Zealanders contract after a spell of injuries saw him struggle to make the first team.

Reid has fallen further down the pecking order after the arrival of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

At 33-years-old Reid hasn't played regularly for the Hammers for the past three years.

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