A brilliant PL XI featuring players discarded or written off, such as Moses

first_img Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton (Burnley) – Man United loaned Heaton to a number of clubs in the early part of his career and he played for Swindon, Wycombe and Rochdale among others. When they decided to release him he joined Cardiff permanently before moving to Bristol City. Burnley picked him up in 2013 and Heaton was key to their promotion last season, the goalkeeper has also played his way into the England set up at the age of 30, becoming the first Burnley player to play for England in 42 years. There is also a shout for Heurelho Gomes at Watford. Wide forward: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Crystal Palace have been poor this season, but Zaha has still managed to stand out. United paid the Eagles £10m for him in 2013, but the player returned to London for a reported £3m two years later. It didn’t work out for him at Old Trafford, but since he has been back he has shone and it looks like he’ll play for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. 11 11 11 Centre forward: Charlie Austin (Southampton) – Austin’s problems with injury led to some people writing him off as a top flight striker. While at QPR in 2015 he was linked with a move to West Ham, but chairman David Sullivan has since suggested a dodgy knee prevented any move. In the end Southampton bought him for £4m in 2016 and this season he has excelled as the club’s main striker with six Premier League goals in 12 games. Centre-back: David Luiz (Chelsea) – Other fans laughed at Chelsea when Luiz returned to Chelsea in the summer for £30m. The Blues sold him to PSG for £50m in 2014 and many were astounded anyone was willing to pay that much for him. But now he is back in the Premier League and proving doubters wrong with a series of excellent displays to make Chelsea’s defence one of the best in the league. Wide forward: Pedro (Chelsea) – At the time of writing, Pedro has had a hand in eight goals in six Premier League games (three goals, five assists) at Stamford Bridge this season. The player had a fairly quiet start to life in London following his transfer from Barcelona in 2015, but is clearly thriving under Antonio Conte and appears to be showing the form that made fans so excited to see him don the blue shirt in the first place. Centre-back: Michael Keane (Burnley) – Like Heaton, Keane was not able to break into the Man United first team and was allowed to leave. The 23-year-old joined Burnley in 2015 and now he is playing regularly in the Premier League has earned an England call-up. 11 Centre midfield: Etienne Capoue (Watford) – Capoue has done extremely well since leaving Tottenham in 2015. He didn’t quite cut it at White Hart Lane and had a number of critics among the White Hart Lane faithful, who were no doubt pleased to see the back of him. He’s been able to prove them wrong at Vicarage Road, though. This season the midfielder has scored four goals in his first five Premier League games this season. 11 Wing-back/full-back: Adam Smtih (Bournemouth) – The full-back has become an important part of Bournemouth’s Premier League side and has popped up with goals and assists from defence. Having come through the Tottenham academy, he was eventually let go in 2014 after a string of loan spells at Torquay, Wycombe and Millwall. Charlie Daniels, meanwhile, has also worked his way into becoming a solid Premier League player since leaving Spurs permanently for Leyton Orient in 2009. 11 Centre midfield: Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – Romeu joined Chelsea in 2011, but found it difficult to nail down a first team spot with a number of different managers coming through the door, while injuries also played a part. He was loaned to Valencia and Stuttgart then snapped by Southampton in 2015. Since Victor Wanyama left in the summer, 25-year-old Romeu has become an important player for the Saints under Claude Puel. Centre midfield: Joe Allen (Stoke) – Allen was sold by Liverpool for £13m in the summer and has thrived at Stoke where he is finally playing regular first team club football. At the time of writing he has scored four times and created another two in 12 Premier League games. He has played in a variety of midfield roles for the Potters and said: “In the last few years at Liverpool I have played more as a holding player. But I feel there are a few types of positions and roles I can do. It’s a good string to my bow to be able to do different things for the team.” 11 11 Full-back/wing-back: Victor Moses (Chelsea) – “I could see his potential from the first days of the summer training camp,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said, adding he found it incredible someone of his class has been underestimated for so long. Moses has been one of Chelsea’s best players this season since the Italian took control at Stamford Bridge in the summer. 11 11 Sometimes it takes a while for a player’s career to get going. Sometimes a new environment is what is needed.These 11 players have all thrived under new managers or at a different club and Victor Moses is a perfect example.Scroll through the gallery to see the talkSPORT team in a 4-3-3 formation.For all the latest football news and features click here, or have a look at the talkSPORT Facebook page and Twitter profile @talkSPORT. There is also a great YouTube channel featuring videos to give you a laugh here. 11last_img

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