Ben Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) – linked with Preston, QPR, Barnsley + more
The Doncaster Rovers midfielder has scored 8 goals this season from midfield, and a move away from Donny this month is looking increasingly likely with interest from across the championship. It has been reported that Preston have submitted a bid for him, whilst other teams indluding Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers have shown interest. The former Manchester United United youngster is a box to box midfielder who particularly thrives in attacking areas, and those runs from midfield seem to be catching a lot of eyes. Which team would suit him best? His efficiency on the pitch would definitely suit Preston, as they are a side who don’t seem to care much about dominating the game in all areas, as long as they grab the important goals to win. A high energy workhorse of a midfielder who chips in with goals would certainly suit their underdog style, which has brought them so many results on the road for years now, and with his attacking talent he could progress their home form, encouraging them to remain on the front foot. QPR could also do with someone like him, with their lack of goals recently piling the pressure on gaffer Mark Warburton. With the strikers not currently delivering, Rangers could certainly do with someone to chip in with goals from other sides of the pitch. Darren Moore will be desperate to keep hold of him this month, with Doncaster challenging for promotion at the top of League 1, but with so many clubs interested in him, it’s looking like that promotion challenge will be without their star midfielder.
Bright Osayi-Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) – linked with Celtic, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Brentford + more
This situation has been going on for a while now. Osayi-Samuel’s contract at QPR is due to expire this summer, and for months the club have failed to come to any agreement in terms of extending Bright’s stay at the club. With QPR having a poor season, it’s looking more and more likely that he won’t be putting pen to paper any time soon, and a move away is imminent. Plenty of clubs will be and have been monitoring his situation very closely, and it seems a new club is interested every week at this rate. Which club would suit him the best? Crystal Palace on paper would look like a good move for him with his old mate Ebere Eze playing there, but actually as much as I hate saying this Brentford are definitely his best suit. With flowing attacking football being what Bright thrives in, a place in the Brentford team would definitely get the best out of him. Playing with Ivan Toney and Mbuembo in a front three would compliment him massively, and he would be afforded lots of room to take on full backs. Alternatively, a move to Celtic would also be good for him, as you’d definitely fancy him against some of the fullbacks in the SPL with the trickery and pace he can provide. Once he takes his end product to the next level, scoring more and delivering better crosses, we could be looking at an established Premier League winger.
Emi Buendia (Norwich City) – linked with Arsenal
Arsenal have been crying out for a number 10 with a bit of creative spark to fit in their side since Ozil was frozen out the squad. They seem to have found that with Emile Smith Rowe. They have, however been monitoring Norwich’s star man Emi Buendia, who has continued to show his outrageous ability with the football and extremely admirable creativity. A former Real Madrid youth player, he has a low center of gravity, quick feet, an eye for a killer pass which Arsenal have been really missing in recent times. He’s got that talisman style about him, and is the one Norwich can rely on. It would be interesting to see if he would get in the team over Smith Rowe at the moment, but he would bring some excellent strength in depth for Arteta’s squad. What if Norwich lose him? I think Norwich could definitely struggle to maintain their top 2 form if Buendia is to leave. They have relied on his moments of magic so much this season, and with so much pressure from teams on those promotion spots this season, losing Buendia could put a return to the Premier League in doubt for Norwich. I definitely think Arsenal should sign him though. Still only 24, he has his best years ahead of him. It would be a great move for him and them.