January is known in the Premier League to be a time that can truly make or break a football club’s season as there are a number of different things that can happen.
Star players can become injured over the period as the festive season is one of the most hectic times of the football calendar, whilst some can burnout and feel tired as they look to try and continue to play at the highest level every three days or so.
Additionally, January will bring the return of the transfer window as clubs will start to scour the market and look for the best possible transfer targets in order to make themselves stronger in the hope of trying to accomplish their aims; much the same as an individual will look to find the best football betting strategies that are available to them as they will want to enhance the number of opportunities to turn a profit and end up where they want to be, as well.
Of course, there is a flip side to the January transfer window as clubs can also be significantly weakened as teams will look to try and poach their best players, thus leaving them with a hole that might be too big to fill and will require the summer, which could then be too late.
However, January 2022 will present a number of the clubs in the Premier League with a challenge that they have not had to experience for a little while, as the African Cup of Nations returns to the schedule.
There are a number of exceptional players from the continent that currently represent clubs in the league, and because of their talent, it would be incredibly difficult not to see them head to Cameroon and play for their country in the biggest tournament possible bar the FIFA World Cup.
Let’s take a look at the players who could be missing for each club, with some likely to be unavailable for longer periods because of the way the competition is laid out. In fact, if players reach the final, then they would be unavailable for the entirety of January as the competition runs from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
Arsenal: Thomas Partey (Ghana), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
Aston Villa: Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt), Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso), Marvelous Nakamba (Zimbabwe)
Brentford: Julian Jeanvier (Guinea), Frank Onyeka (Nigeria), Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana),
Brighton: Yves Bissouma (Mali)
Burnley: Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast)
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy (Senegal), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)
Crystal Palace: Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana), Jordan Ayew (Ghana), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Ivory Coast), Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
Leeds United: None
Leicester City: Daniel Amartey (Ghana), Nampalys Mendy (Senegal), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Naby Keita (Guinea), Sadio Mane (Senegal)
Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Manchester United: Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast), Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
Newcastle United: None
Norwich City: None
Southampton: Moussa Djenepo (Mali), Mohammed Salisu (Ghana),
Tottenham Hotspur: None
Watford: Peter Etebo (Nigeria), William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria), Adam Masina (Morocco), Ismaila Sarr (Senegal), Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria)
West Ham: None
Wolves: Romain Saiss (Morocco)
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