Branislava Ivanovic, Chelsea-Ivanovic has been one of the most heavily relied upon right backs in the world for the last eight years, but it looks like his days are numbered in London. Due to a formation change under new boss Antonio Conte, Ivanovic has not seen much of the pitch in the last two months. Even though he lacks the speed he once had, Ivanovic is still a serviceable back for teams looking to add experience and quality.
Antonio Rukavina, Villarreal-the only La Liga match Rukavina has featured in for Villarreal was their first one of the season versus Granada where they played to a 1-1 draw. When it comes to Europa League, Rukavina has played the full 90 in all five matches. Antonio is a fullback who has no trouble defending, nor attacking and whipping in balls from the right flank. Barcelona has shown some interest as they are decimated with injuries at the back.
Aleksandar Pesic, Atalanta (on loan from Toulouse)-Pesic was sent on loan to Atalanta to get some playing time, but sadly that has not happened. Pesic is in his mid-20’s with plenty of football still ahead for him. His number one priority will be finding a new team either in January or next summer.
Filip Djordjevic, Lazio-Ciro Immobile has had a resurgence this season under Simone Inzaghi, which has left Djordjevic on the outside looking in when it comes to both Lazio and country. At 29 years of age, Djordjevic still has another three or four good years left in him, the question is-where will he continue his career?
Filip Djuricic, Sampdoria (on loan from Benfica)-he has only played 19 minutes in the Serie A this season, which is nowhere near enough for a player of his calibre. Djuricic is a technically gifted attacking midfielder who does an excellent job of linking with his strikers in the final third to create goal scoring opportunities. Djuricic’s loan at Sampdoria comes to an end in July, and I expect Benfica to sell him during the summer unless something changes drastically.
Milos Jojic, FC Cologne-has not featured in the last eight matches for Cologne and his days could be numbered. Jojic can play anywhere in the midfield, so it is surprising that Peter Stoger has not utilized him more this season. Jojic could potentially get loaned out this January or even sold.
Filip Mladenovic, FC Cologne-a wingback who can get up and down the flank with minimal problems. The only weakness Mladenovic has is that he does not possess the strength to body the opponent. He arrived in the summer, so selling him could be farfetched.
Milan Gajic, Bordeaux-Milan has yet to play a minute in league play and could very well be on his way out, whether that is on loan, or if Bordeaux decides to sell him. Gajic is yet another wingback who can get up and down and possesses an outstanding shot for a right back. Recent rumours have linked him with Red Star Belgrade.
Pavle Ninkov, Toulouse-had an injury to start the season, but has featured off the bench in the last three games for Toulouse. During his time at Toulouse, Ninkov has been utilized properly-in his first few years, he was mainly a starter. Now that he is older, he comes in off the bench to close out games, if Toulouse is in a winning position. If Ninkov does in fact level, you can bet that his former club, Red Star Belgrade, will come calling.
Nemanja Gudelj, Ajax-he will most likely be the first Serb to leave his respected club after a rift with upper management over playing time. Gudelj is a quality midfielder, who fits very well into the 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 formations. He has an outstanding shot from distance, great free kick ability and a knack for setting teammates up. Sunderland, Stoke City and Bournemouth among others have expressed interest in the 25 year old Serb.
Ivan Obradovic, Anderlecht-it looked like the writing was on the wall for Obradovic a few weeks ago, but he did extremely well in his start for the Serbian national team, which could ultimately earn him some playing time at club level. Has had trouble with injuries, but when he is healthy he can be a quality left back.
Sasa Zdjelar, Olympiakos-plays defensive midfield just like his Serbian counterpart, Luka Milivojevic who has been an irreplaceable piece in the Olympiakos starting line-up. There were rumours that Zdjelar could potentially go on loan to PAOK, but that seems less likely as of now. Zdjelar is an excellent tackler and distributor of the ball.
Nikola Stojiljkovic, Braga-managed to score 18 goals last season, which was the most in his career, but this season has been much different. Stojiljkovic has started only two of 10 games due to Pedro Santos and Wilson Eduardo getting the bulk of playing time. The most important thing for Stojiljkovic is to make good on the chances he does get to play and he will be right back in the rotation fighting for playing time. Sporting Lisbon has expressed some interest in signing him.
Luka Jovic, Andrija Zivkovic & Ivan Saponjic, Benfica-a loan for all three could be right move from Benfica’s management. Jovic and Saponjic see some playing time for Benfica B, but Zivkovic has really struggled to get into the team. Zivkovic possesses great technical ability and has plenty of pace to cause defenders problems. It will be interesting to see how Benfica approaches this situation.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.