Moving on

By Jonathan White Source:Global Times Published: 2015-9-3 23:23:01

Targets of failed transfers need to come in from the cold

David de Gea of Manchester United and Spain in a training session of the Spanish national team on Wednesday Photo: AFP

Following his high-profile non-transfer to Real Madrid, what happens next with David de Gea will be the focus of the Premier League when it returns from the international break.

De Gea has been named in Manchester United's Champions League squad and the feeling is that it is in the interests of both the player and the club that he returns to United's starting lineup. He is yet to dislodge Iker Casillas as Vicente del Bosque's first choice for Spain and another season where he earns Player of the Year status at his club would go some way to him claiming the No.1 spot for his country at Euro 2016.

For United it's a no-brainer. De Gea is the best goalkeeper at the club by some distance and as they are resigned to losing him for nothing next summer when his contract expires they should at least enjoy the reward of playing him. We will find out if Louis van Gaal can get the Spaniard to regain his focus when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on September 12.

De Gea might be the most high profile player that was dropped for having his head turned by a possible move that failed to come to pass. These players will need to get back in the right frame of mind to play and be welcomed back into the fold.

Strike threat

West Bromwich Albion's England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino is perhaps the most difficult case, even more so than De Gea.

Berahino tried to force through a move to Tottenham Hotspur by handing in a written transfer request, which was ignored by his club.

Where the Berahino non-transfer took a more unsavory turn was the player's tweet that he would never play for the club again, pointing the finger of blame at club chairman Jeremy Peace.

Berahino has not played during the last three West Brom games because manager Tony Pulis determined that his striker was so unsettled by Tottenham's courtship that he was not in a position to concentrate on his game and that was before Berahino went to strike.

Fans hope Berahino's threat is a heat-of-the-moment overreaction, as does the chairman of the Professional­ Footballers ­Association, Gordon Taylor.

Speaking on the matter, he made it clear that it's in Berahino's interests to be playing and he hopes both player and club can reach a resolution.

A resolution seems easier for another player whose head was turned by Tottenham this summer, Southampton's Victor Wanyama.

Although he did not resort to handing in a formal transfer ­request, the Kenyan midfielder made it known that he wanted to move to the capital but Saints manager Ronald Koeman would not countenance the transfer.

The Dutchman resorted to dropping his midfielder for the club's most recent game because Wanyama admitted he was not in the right mindset to play.

Knuckle down

It's almost a carbon copy of the situation last summer when Southampton midfielder Morgan ­Schneiderlin wanted to move to Spurs but the club refused.

The Frenchman was rewarded for another fine season in Southampton colors with a move to United this summer.

Koeman has cited Schneiderlin as an example for his wantaway midfielder and also made it clear that if Wanyama can regain his focus then he will welcome him back into the fold this season and won't stop in the way of a move next season.

Koeman's frankness has made it easy for Wanyama to return to the team and he'd be a fool not to.

Roberto Martinez, another ­manager who has had to fend off interest from a London club this summer, has also played a straight bat.

Chelsea were very keen on ­adding Everton defender John Stones to their ranks and ­submitted four bids to the Merseyside club, with the last of them being for 37 million pounds.

Martinez and Everton remained steadfast in their refusal to sell despite the potential for a huge profit on the player they signed from Barnsley for around 3 million pounds in 2013.

Stones handed in a formal transfer request to try to force Everton's hand and that move has angered some fans. They were quick to make their feelings known when Everton met Barnsley in the Capital One Cup last week and Stones did not put in a good performance.

Now that the move is off, Stones can win the fans over on the pitch. The next time he gets an opportunity to do so will be at Chelsea on Saturday.

It's not out of the question that all of these players can return to their teams this season and the form that has made them so ­wanted.

Carlos Tevez famously came in from the cold to lead Manchester City to the title before moving on to Juventus. Each of these clubs would happily end the season with some silverware before allowing their wantaway stars to move on.

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