Premier League 'Bosman XI' - Who does your club need to tie down?

Manchester United, Fulham, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, West Brom, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and West Ham United all have players who feature in our line-up. Who do you want to keep and which bargain would you like your club to acquire?

This summer saw plenty of experience pro’s left without a job searching for employment on the free agent market. The likes of Michael Owen, Paul Scharner and Emile Heskey all found moves while Owen Hargreaves, Craig Gordon and Harry Kewell all find themselves waiting by the phone.

While the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher are currently in the final year of their respective deals it is too hard to see them playing for anybody else so they have been excluded from the running; yet there are still plenty of big names currently biding their time.

So come next summer which players could be moving on for nothing from the Premier League?

Here is our ‘Bosman Ruling XI’…

GK: Mark Schwarzer - Fulham

DC: Brede Hangeland - Fulham

DC: Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United

DR: Danny Simpson - Newcastle United

DL: Ashley Cole - Chelsea

MC: Phil Neville - Everton

MC: Frank Lampard - Chelsea

MC: Florent Malouda - Chelsea

CAM: Andrei Arshavin - Arsenal

ST: Theo Walcott - Arsenal

ST: Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea


GK: Boaz Myhill - West Brom

DF: Kolo Toure - Manchester City

DF: William Gallas - Tottenham Hotspur

DF: Maynor Figueroa - Wigan Athletic

MF: Dean Whitehead - Stoke City

ST: Carlton Cole - West Ham United

ST: Franco Di Santo - Wigan Athletic

In reserve you could also have the likes of Damien Duff, Mladen Petric, Fraizer Campbell, Richard Dunne, Lukasz Fabianksi, Sylvain Distin, Eric Lichaj and Yossi Benayoun. You could even dip into the Championship for Stuart Holden, Kevin Doyle and Lee Chung-Yong.

It is certainly a situation to keep an eye on and come January we will re-monitor the situation and assess who could walk away for free next summer.

Who would you want your team to pick up on a bargain?

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