Premier League free transfer XI
Another season has passed us by and it’s time for all 20 clubs to analyse their stock and make adjustments going in to the new season, with another busy summer expected to take place around the World Cup.
The contract situation of several players has caught the eye, with a number of big names coming to the end of the deals with their respective clubs and preparing for a fresh start elsewhere.
Some, like Nemanja Vidic have already agreed deals to go elsewhere, while there are plenty of others who are still to discuss the possibility of an extension to remain with their current squads.
However, with the Bosman ruling still being in place, players can still talk to any clubs that show an interest, and we at Squawka have devised a team of players available on free transfers currently.
GK – Julian Speroni
A surprise really that the cult hero of Selhurst Park is being allowed to leave Crystal palace this summer, especially after having something of a fine season between the sticks for the Eagles.
Alas, Tony Pulis does not appear to be a fan of the Argentine stopper and he will be disappearing off to pastures new and would make a decent acquisition for the majority of teams in England’s top two tiers.
Speroni kept 12 clean sheets for Palace as they surpassed all expectations of them, making 1.89 saves for every goal conceded, as Palace comfortably avoided their predicted relegation.
RB – Steven Reid (West Brom)
Years of loyal service have come to an end at the Hawthorns, as Steven Reid’s spell in the West Midlands has expired, leaving him free to seek employment elsewhere.
Reid boasts plenty of Premier League experience after a long career in the top flight, but his injury record might be the one thing that counts against him in the eyes of some people, with his fitness having been an issue for many years now.
Reid did however manage to make 16 appearances for the Baggies this season, winning 21 aerial duels at a success rate of 62% and making 27 interceptions.
CB – Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
It’s the end of an era at Manchester United this summer, with Ferdinand joining fellow defensive partner Nemanja Vidic in leaving the club at the end of his contract, with the former England man having opted to seek one last hurrah away from Old Trafford.
Age may have caught up with him and his knees aren’t in the condition they used to be, but one would suggest that Ferdinand still has plenty to offer potential suitors and a switch to join QPR and link up with former manager Harry Redknapp makes sense for both parties.
Ferdinand still has plenty of class to offer having not committed a single foul in any of his 14 appearances, while he won 62% of his contested tackles and made 92 clearances for the Red Devils.
CB – Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
After growing tired of kicking his heels on the Manchester City bench, Lescott has decided to exercise his option to leave the club at the end of his contract, potentially making him one of the most appealing free transfers out there.
With two Premier League winners’ medals in tow, Lescott brings a wealth of experience at the top level and the right move could yet allow him to re-establish in the England squad once more.
Lescott was limited to just ten appearances for City as Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis proved to be first choice at the back, but won 70% of his aerial duels and made 17 interceptions to occasionally show glimpses of what he’s still capable of.
LB – Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Ashley Cole will be possibly the most sought after person over the course of the summer despite being snubbed by England, and there’s little doubt that he will have a number of offers with which to choose his next move.
No agreement between Chelsea and Cole could be reached to allow Cole to take a free transfer and he is not short of suitors, with the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid to name two linked with a move for the veteran full-back.
Cole still won 27 tackles in his 17 league appearances for Chelsea this season and claimed two assists as well, having created 17 chances for the Blues.