There's a fine line between strength in depth and unnecessary baggage, and as Arsenal, City, United and others have found out, sometimes it's impossible to find a place for every player. From Park Chu-Young to Owen Hargreaves, talkSPORT compiles an entire team of players that went missing in action during the 2011-12 season...
Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham)
Once a new man under Harry Redknapp, Heurelho Gomes has since been replaced by veteran stopper Brad Friedel. With a grand total of zero Premier League starts last season and a salary of £50,000 per week, Gomes is an expensive mistake.
Fabio (Manchester United)
Along with brother Rafael, Fabio has long been touted as the future of United's defence, but the Brazilian's luck seems to be running out.
With five Premier League appearances in the club's latest campaign, it looks like he'll need a move away from Old Trafford if he hopes to play regular football next season.
Stefan Savic (Manchester City)
Manchester City defender Stefan Savic signed a four year deal at the Etihad last summer, but it looks like he could already be on his way out after a season of few highs. A couple of true howlers curtailed his Premier League appearances to a meagre 11, and it's uncertain if he'll be allowed to gain any more next year.
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)
Left-back Kolarov managed one more appearance than Savic, but 12 games across an entire season is nothing to write home about. Despite his tendency to score the odd screamer, Kolarov looks unlikely to break in to City's team any time soon with Gael Clichy in front of him.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Martin Keown claimed that Ross Barkley will be "one of the best players we'll ever see in this country", but with only six appearances last season we've yet to see much evidence of that bold claim.
Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham)
Former Portsmouth man Niko Kranjcar seems to have fallen out of favour with Harry Redknapp, and after only 12 Premier League games in the 2011/12 campaign, he's reportedly looking for a way out of London sooner rather than later.
Owen Hargreaves (Manchester City)
Even video evidence wasn't enough to prove that Owen Hargreaves could do a job at City, with only one Premier League appearance for the Citizens before his release. Fortunately he didn't do a John Terry and attempt to lift the trophy.
James McFadden (Everton)
Scotland hero James McFadden made a surprise return to old club Everton last October, but seven Premier League appearances without a single goal ensured his second exit from Goodison.
Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
It seems the poor man's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no longer part of Fergie's plans, and with only 12 Premier League appearances last season he's set to go down as an expensive signing who didn't .
Michael Owen (Manchester United)
The epitome of the bench-warmer, Michael Owen's exploits at Old Trafford inspired talkSPORT to compile this gallery of his greatest United moments. A solitary Premier League game this season says it all.
Park Chu-Young (Arsenal)
Remember him? Yet another baffling Arsene Wenger signing, his one Premier League appearance shows he was well worth the money...
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