Either there are better players in their position or their manager simply isn't convinced. Either way, this seldom-seen quintet are facing three hugely important months if they want to stay where they are right now.
What more does Oumar Niasse need to do to win over Everton boss Ronald Koeman? Last year, the Dutchman stripped Niasse of both his shirt number and his locker in an attempt to force him out of Goodison Park but the £13.5 million striker remains alive and kicking on Merseyside (BBC).
Yet, just a matter of hours after the Senegalese hitman came off the bench to score twice in a 2-1 comeback win against Bournemouth, The Sun reported that Everton will still attempt to ship him out in January.
It looks as if Niasse, who came within a whisker of joining Crystal Palace on deadline day, is fighting a losing battle.
Speaking of Crystal Palace, Bakary Sako may still have been awaiting his first start of the Premier League season if Christian Benteke had not been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
The former Wolves favourite was picked to lead the line in the absence of Palace’s Belgian battering ram but Sako, a winger by trade, did not exactly look a natural replacement as the top flight’s bottom club failed to score for the seventh game out of seven this season in a 4-0 battering at Manchester United.
Featuring in only 30 minutes of action this season prior to that mauling at Old Trafford, Sako may be praying Benteke stays out a little longer.
Expectations were high when Southampton shattered their transfer record to sign Sofiane Boufal from Lille for a fee of £16 million last summer (BBC). Moments of unbridled genius, like that dipping wonder-shot against Sunderland in the EFL Cup, have been few and far between so far though.
If there was an award given to the most frustrating player in the Premier League, Boufal would undoubtedly have earned a nomination. He is blessed with undoubted natural ability but it appears the 24-year-old’s brain is not quite as quick as his feet.
Boufal has started just once in the top flight under Mauricio Pellegrino so far.
Spurs spent almost the entirety of the 2016 summer window attempting to lure Marseille’s hotshot winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to North London. Over a year later, they may be wondering why they even bothered.
According to The Guardian, Tottenham finally sealed the £9 million signing 40 days after he passed his medical but the form that saw Nkoudou light up Ligue 1 has been conspicuous by its absence so far.
The 22-year-old hasn’t made a single league appearance this season and that does not look likely to change any time soon.
Apoel FC's Argentine midfielder Agustin Farias (R) is marked by Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Georges-Kevin N'Koudou during the UEFA Champions League football match between Apoel...
West Brom manager Tony Pulis insists that he has a rosy relationship with enigmatic winger Nacer Chadli despite reports of summer row over the club’s pre-season schedule. The Belgian international was reported to be eyeing a move away from The Hawthorns with Swansea City keen, per Wales Online.
However, Chadli is still a West Brom player and, after missing the first few weeks of the season with injury, has it all to do to force his way back into Pulis’ starting XI.
The summer signing of Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig and the return to full fitness of Matt Phillips means that is easier said than done.