Fill Your Squad For Free!

by Neil Sherwin

Here is the official list of players released by Premier League clubs since the season’s end. Think you could make a decent team out of them? Let us know in the comments section below!

ARSENAL
Thomas Cruise, Roarie Deacon, Mark Randall.

ASTON VILLA
Durrell Berry, John Carew, Ellis Deeney, Calum Flanagan, Harry Forrester, Arsenio Halfhuid, Isaiah Osbourne, Robert Pires, Nigel Reo-Coker, Moustapha Salifou

BIRMINGHAM CITY
Marcus Bent, Lee Bowyer, Sebastian Larsson, James McFadden, Mitchell McPike, James O’Shea, Stuart Parnaby, Kevin Phillips, Daniel Preston, Luke Rowe, Robin Shroot, Maik Taylor.

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Jordan Bowen, Jason Brown, Zurab Khizanishvili, Benjani Mwaruwari, Michael Potts, Maceo Rigters.

BLACKPOOL
David Carney, Daniel Coid, Ishmel Demontagnac, Rob Edwards, Jason Euell, Marlon Harewood, Richard Kingson, Malaury Martin, Paul Rachubka, Andy Reid, Salaheddine Sbai.

BOLTON WANDERERS
Tamir Cohen, Johan Elmander, Ricardo Gardner, Joey O’Brien, Jlloyd Samuel, Samuel Sheridan.

CHELSEA
Samuel Hutchinson, Carl Magnay, Danny Philliskirk, Jan Sebek, Michael Woods.

EVERTON
Kieran Agard, Hope Akpan, Nathan Craig, Gerard Kinsella, Lee McArdle, Iain Turner.

FULHAM
Zoltan Gera, Edward Johnson, Diomansy Kamara, John Pantsil, Matthew Saunders.

LIVERPOOL
Jason Banton, Deale Chamberlain, Douglas Cooper, Sean Highdale, Steven Irwin, Nikola Saric.

MANCHESTER CITY
Javier Garrido*, Scott Kay, James Poole, Shaleum Logan, Andrew Tutte, Javan Vidal, Patrick Vieira, James Wood.

MANCHESTER UNITED
Conor Devlin, Owen Hargreaves, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar.

NEWCASTLE UNITED
Sol Campbell, Shefki Kuqi, Patrick McLaughlin.

STOKE CITY
Abdoulaye Faye, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Ibrahima Sonko.

SUNDERLAND
Michael Kay, Nathan Luscombe, Daniel Madden, Robert Weir, Nathan Wilson, Mvoto Jean-Yves, Bolo Zenden.

TOTTENHAM
Jonathan Woodgate.

WEST BROM
Giles Barnes, Marcus Haber, Dean Kiely, Abdoulaye Méîté.

WEST HAM
Anthony Edgar, Holmar Eyjolfsson, Daniel Gabbidon, Lars Jacobsen, Filip Modelski, Jonathan Spector, Adam Street, Matthew Upson.

WIGAN ATHLETIC
Steven Caldwell, Daniel De Ridder, Joseph Holt, Jason Koumas, Thomas Lambert, Thomas Oakes, Francis Pollitt, Abian Serrano Davila.

WOLVES
Adriano Basso, Jody Craddock, John Dunleavy, Marcus Hahnemann, David Jones, Nathan Rooney.

* Javier Garrido was actually sold to Lazio last summer so we’ve no idea what he’s doing on the list!

Our XI (not including players who have retired or signed for other clubs already):

GK: Marcus Hahnemann – American keepers last for years (see Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller) so based on that, Hahnemann should be good for another season or two.

DR: Joey O’Brien – A fantastic prospect as a teenager, O’Brien was struck down with injury and played just a handful of games for Bolton over the past few years. Still only 25, a fully fit O’Brien would be an asset to any club and also to the Republic of Ireland setup.

DL: Jonathan Spector – Having seen how crap Danny Gabbidon was when played at left back for West Ham this season we’ve opted for a natural full back, albeit a right footed one. The former Manchester United man could do a solid job though.

DC: Matthew Upson – Sure he’s a bit injury prone but there’s no denying that Upson is a very good defender with international experience.

DC: Jonathan Woodgate – See above. Woodgate was superb as a youngster at Leeds and you have to feel sorry for any player who has what could’ve been an outstanding career decimated by injury.

MR: Zoltan Gera – Huge fan of the Hungarian who helped himself to a tidy hattrick against Werder Bremen in the Europa League back in August. Should definitely find himself at another top flight club, whether in England or otherwise.

ML: Sebastian Larsson – Only just turned 26, Larsson is deadly on his day and is a good man for firing in a free kick. Clubs will be forming an orderly queue.

MC: Patrick Vieira – Proved to be a valuable asset to Manchester City at the end of the season and showed he still had the legs for top level football, particularly in the cup competitions. Would be a great figure to have around any club. Nigel Reo-Coker might be a decent alternative if the Frenchman’s legs don’t last.

MC: Owen Hargreaves – We’d be brave and take a punt on him. Sure we might end up regretting it but there’s not much to lose in a ‘pay as you play’ deal, especially if he could even string 20 games a season together. If it goes tits up we’d have Lee Bowyer as a back up to call on.

AMC: Andy Reid – Play him in the hole where he doesn’t have to run much and can ping the ball around at will.

ST: John Carew – We’re still clinging on to images of him turning Real Madrid inside out while at Valencia all those years ago. Plus the list isn’t exactly flush with top rate forwards. 

3 Responses

  1. Probably would’ve picked Gudjohnsen up front and McFadden instead of Andy Reid as he might move a fraction more (only a fraction mind!) but otherwise wouldn’t argue too much with that team selection. Plenty of possibilities for those willing to take a risk. Zoltan Gera looks like a winner to me though as he’d add creativity and goals to plenty of mid-table sides’ midfields.

  2. Brandy says:

    I don’t think you’d have a chance of that 11 all being fit at the same time..

  3. Shane says:

    Carew was crap at Valencia, it was for Lyon in the CL where he p*ssed all over Real

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