Top XI: Players That Should Move On This Summer

By Chris Wright

Hot on the heels of our end-of-season Top XI Players That Stay Where They Are This Summer rundown from last week comes it’s partner piece Pies’ list of the eleven Premier League players that should definitely think about giving their agent a ring come June…

11. Shay Given, Man City

There’s a school of thought which suggests that it’s Given’s relative lack of command and physical presence (e.g, people continue to assume he’s a diminutive chap to this day in fact he’s 6’1″) that continually put off teams with genuine Champions League ambitions from cherry-picking the Irishman from behind Newcastle’s porous defence of yesteryear a theory perhaps lent a bit of credence by the fact that 35-year-old’s standing at Man City has gradually diminished as the club’s pretensions have swollen over the past two years.

That said, his shot-stopping chops and hair-trigger reflexes are undeniably first class and, with the years spent mopping up behind Titus Bramble Mk I, Given has undoubtedly earned the right to ply his trade as a Premier League No.1 not as a second-string reserve teamer.

10. Michael Owen, Man Utd

Said Owen on the subject of one Javier Hernandez recently:

“He is 10 years younger of course, so maybe he is a better version of the current Michael Owen.”

Yep. With the emergence of Chicharito at Old Trafford, it looks like L’il Mick is going to have to besmirch his CV and go slumming it in mid-table after all. That said, surely a rumoured move to Derby County (which, as it happens, has been formally debunked by Nigel Clough today) is overly-extreme.

9. Hugo Rodallega, Wigan

Despite being drastically oversold by those who don’t watch him bandy about for 90 minutes on a weekly basis, Rodallega has proved himself to be a 10-goal-a-season man whilst playing in a patchy, relegation-dogged side for the past two seasons becoming Wigan’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer (with 21 goals) along the way which, all-in-all, is not to be sniffed at.

With a healthy strike rate such as his, Rodallega is almost certainly going to wind up at a mid-table side sooner rather than later perhaps an Everton or a Sunderland?

8. Kevin Doyle, Wolves

I happen to really rate Doyle, and he is a much better all-round player than the ‘tireless work-horse’ caricature which he tends to flippantly receive so often these days he may have to run around like a blue-arse fly to forge anything for himself and his teammates at

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  1. chimpo says:

    surely it should be drogba off with anelka playing with torres no?

  2. Chris says:

    Not for me Chimpo. I still reckon The Drog’s got another year of top-level defence terrorising in him and that it will be Anelka – barring injuries – that finds himself surplus come January.

  3. Red Peter says:

    Everyone loves a list and this is another well balanced one!

    Couldn’t agree more about Doyle. As he showed for Reading, when he plays as an out-and-out striker he’s definitely got Premier League goals in him. Reckon Matty Jarvis has grounds for inclusion too.

    Wilson’s complete loss of form is a bit of mystery – though I can’t help but feel the whole thing with his brother’s death must still be a hard thing to carry around.

  4. nicko says:

    drogba & anelka dont need to go anywhere. How anelka is No.1 i dont knwo what a load of crap

  5. nicko says:

    Bendtner needs to find a new career

  6. MrMac says:

    As a dane, it’s hard to see someone with Bendtner’s potential completely get flushed out in year and half.

    All started with that annoying danish golddigger, who wanted a boytoy.

    I reckon if he woulda stopped all the crap and just focused on his career (Bar the occasional hooker binge which seems mandatory for pl players)- he’d be front choice with RVP, and wenger wouldn’t have had the need to buy Chamakh.

    And holy shit Poulsen is just crap now, it seems AGES ago that he was actually a useful midfielder in the Schalke/Sevilla times.

  7. Michael D says:

    @Red Peter – You may have hit on something, as I remember that Ronaldinho’s loss of form seemed to happen right after his father died (and by various reports he was very, very close to his father) and of course he eventually moved back to Brazil. Mind you, his carefree lad-about-town ways didn’t help but there’s so much off the pitch that affects performance on and we never know the true effect. But shame because I remember watching Palacios a couple of years ago and thinking the same thing, that in a year or two he could be a definite force to be reckoned with. But there you go…

  8. jak says:

    Anelka looks like a man who wants to move, probably to the MLS i reckon…good list overall! Would be interesting to see what bendtner could do at a lower mid-table team..

  9. SamHumphreys says:

    “mid-table side sooner rather than later – perhaps an Everton”

    I wept.Harsh?

  10. Chris says:

    @Sam: Yeah, it was a tad harsh – sorry about that.

    What I meant to say was ‘any side that should comfortably finish anywhere between 6th and 12th next season’.

  11. Montesquieu says:

    Good list.

  12. ceezer says:

    What about Baines? Surely he’ll move to a real contender sooner or later. Drogs is miles above Anelka, don’t be silly. Drogba always looks a threat in front of the goal while Anelka always looks like a bored twit. I say Drogs is even better than Torres and every stat seems to agree.

  13. Bela Lugosi says:

    Polsen, Cole and Jovanovic, what great signings. I wonder what their combined wages are, must be near £200,000 a week which would equal £10.4m a year.

    Good work.

  14. Andrew Thompson says:

    5 people on the list are former NUFC players haha, Given,Owen,Ireland(sort of), N’zogbia and Parker

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