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Batshuayi, Di Maria & 10 benchwarmers who need a loan or transfer to make World Cup squads

16:00 GMT+3 05/01/2018
Batshuayi, Di Maria, Giroud
With the finals just six months away and the January transfer window open, several big names are in need of regular football to earn a trip to Russia

  • Michy Batshuayi Chelsea

    #1 Michy Batshuayi

    Signed from Marseille in 2016, the forward has only been an intermittent presence in the Chelsea first team this term. And with competition for places fierce in the Belgium national side, a loan move for the remainder of the season is a real possibility - as Antonio Conte himself has hinted
  • Angel Di Maria Strasbourg PSG Coupe de la Ligue 13122017.jpg

    #2 Angel Di Maria

    The Argentina international has been hit hard by the additions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to the PSG squad. Both Barcelona and Liverpool have been linked to Di Maria, who played just 12 times for his club in the first half of the 2017-18 season.
  • Julian Draxler PSG Celtic Champions League 22112017

    #3 Julian Draxler

    Like Di Maria, Germany's playmaker has seen his first-team chances severely restricted at the big-spending Ligue 1 club. Draxler has been touted as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool and has also attracted interest from Arsenal.
  • Sergio Romero Manchester United

    #4 Sergio Romero

    Being a perennial substitute has not stopped Romero from previously appearing at two World Cups. But in the likes of Nahuel Guzman, Agustin Marchesin and Geronimo Rulli, the goalkeeper faces a lot of competition for his No.1 jersey, and has reportedly been told by coach Jorge Sampaoli that he will not start in Russia unless he is playing regularly.
  • Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

    #5 Olivier Giroud

    Alexandre Lacazette has displaced Giroud as Arsenal's starting striker, and is likely to do the same in the France ranks going into the World Cup. Super-sub Giroud craves regular game time and there are several sides in the Premier League who would offer him exactly that.
  • Paco Alcacer, Andre Gomes, Barcelona

    #6 Andre Gomes

    A fringe member of the senior squad at Camp Nou, the Portugal midfielder's first-team chances will only be furthered reduced once Coutinho joins Barcelona. Compatriot Jose Mourinho might just come to the rescue with an offer from Manchester United.
  • David Luiz Chelsea

    #7 David Luiz

    Miranda, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos all appear to be ahead of the Chelsea defender in Brazil's pecking order right now, while he has only appeared in eight Premier League games so far this season. Real Madrid have emerged as one possible buyer, which at the very least would allow Luiz maximum exposure as he hopes to break back into the Selecao.
  • Dani Ceballos Real Madrid

    #8 Dani Ceballos

    The Real Madrid midfielder has been chronically underused by Zinedine Zidane since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu during the summer from Betis after a sensational campaign with Spain at the Under-21 European Championship. Ceballos is yet another player being mentioned as a possible heir to Coutinho at Anfield.
  • Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017

    #9 Theo Walcott

    Could a move back to boyhood club Southampton help salvage Walcott's World Cup dreams? What is certain is that the winger has seen his chances severely hampered by a lack of playing time at Arsenal, where he has become little more than a potential impact substitute. 
  • Kevin Gameiro Atletico Real Madrid UCL 10052017

    #10 Kevin Gameiro

    Gameiro's hopes of re-establishing himself in the Atletico Madrid team look faint, especially with the return of Diego Costa. And with Lacazette, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe all far ahead of him in France's pecking order, only a strong end to 2017-18 - perhaps with a new team - would allow the striker to push himself back into contention.