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Seven ex-Premier League stars resurrecting their careers in EFL after January including Todd Cantwell and Andy Carroll

A host of former Premier League players have dropped down to the EFL in a bid to rejuvenate their careers.

There was a lot of business being done in the final hours and days of the window – but there are some intriguing individuals now plying their trade in the lower tiers.


Cantwell agreed a loan deal with Bournemouth until the end of the seasonCredit: Getty
Ex-Newcastle man Carroll joined West Brom in the January window


Ex-Newcastle man Carroll joined West Brom in the January windowCredit: Rex

Here are seven ex-Prem players who are trying to find their feet again in the EFL.

Todd Cantwell

Todd Cantwell looked like an incredibly promising young talent during his first stint in the Premier League with Norwich two years ago.

But he has been out of favour so far this season and has now been farmed out on loan to promotion chasing Bournemouth in the Championship.

Cantwell has made just five league starts so far in the 2021-22 campaign, but will still be hoping to hit the ground running in the second tier.

Nat Phillips

Joining Cantwell at Bournemouth is former Liverpool centre-back Nathaniel Phillips.

The 24-year-old defender enjoyed a significant spell in the Reds’ team last season when Jurgen Klopp was going through an injury crisis.

But he has not featured in the Prem since the beginning of the current campaign, so is joining Scott Parker’s side in a bid to earn some game time.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll scored twice during his short-term loan spell with Reading in the first half of this season.

But he was let go by the Royals, only to be picked up by another Championship outfit in West Brom.

The ex-Newcastle and Liverpool striker will be hoping he can help the Baggies be promoted back to the Prem as he looks for one last chance in the top flight.

Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater’s career has gone somewhat off the rails since he won the title with Leicester in 2016.

After a dreadfully inactive time at Chelsea, he endured spells with Burnley, Aston Villa and Kasimpasa – none of which were particularly successful.

Now he is playing for Reading – who he signed for at the beginning of the season – where he has already made 17 appearances, scoring one goal.

Tahith Chong

Tahith Chong made 12 appearances for Manchester United in the 2019-20 season, but has not featured since then.

Loan spells with Werder Bremen and Club Brugge failed to make much of an impression on those at Old Trafford, before he signed a season-long loan with Birmingham at the start of the current campaign.

However, he was forced to return to Man Utd back in November for rehabilitation on a serious groin injury and has not played since.

Neco Williams

With Fulham star Fabio Carvalho joining Liverpool on deadline day, Neco Williams, 20, went the other way on a loan deal until the end of the season.

He has only made one Prem appearance for the Reds this term, so a fresh start could prove crucial to the Welsh full-back’s development.


Matty Longstaff

The Longstaff brothers have not yet reunited at Newcastle as Matty has joined League Two side Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old spent the first half of the campaign with Aberdeen.

But instead of heading back to St James’ Park to be with Sean, he has linked up with promotion-chasing Mansfield in the fourth tier.

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