Top 10 ‘Worth A Punt’ Free Agents Floating Around This Summer

By Chris Wright

We’ve already seen several sides hemorrhaging players over the past week or so, with the likes of Bolton and Sunderland parting company with 22 players between them, while poor old Macclesfield Town even went as far as releasing 21 players from a squad of just 33 on Monday following their relegation from the Football League.

We thought we’d have a quick look at some of the players going on freebies this summer and pick out ten of the best though, with the sheer amount of contracts being allowed to peter out, you could by rights kit out an entire, perfectly serviceable Premier League squad for next to zip this summer (we know it says ‘Top 10’ on the tin, but these aren’t really in any particular order)…

1. Craig Gordon: Sunderland were never likely to get their money’s worth from Gordon, largely because they paid so bloody much for him spunking a then-record £9 million on the Scottish ‘keeper back in 2007 but his time on Wearside has been largely underwhelming thanks to near-constant injury and lapses in form. He’s a decent goalie mind you, and would be worth a free flutter if his wage demands aren’t still astronomical.

Likely suitors: We’ve got a funny feeling that West Ham may come a-callin’.

2. Alessandro Del Piero: Oh how we desperately want to see Del Piero given one last whirl in the Premier League. The obvious drawbacks include him being older than most Sequoias and only good for about 2o or so bit-part appearances, but the pros include him being Ale-bloody-ssandro Del Pi-sodding-ero.

Likely suitors: Arsenal have been mentioned in passing, but the exorbitant £0 fee may prove a stumbling block. Maybe ‘Arry’s chairman can do a deal?

3. Michael Owen: Unwilling to besmirch his CV by mixing with the smelly, typhoid-riddled proles in mid-table, it’s difficult to envisage where Owen is going to wash up next what him suffering from rather prohibitive delusions of grandeur and all. It all comes down to that age-old paradox again: He definitely is still worth a gamble BUT that gamble is almost certain to backfire miserably. What’s a gal to do?

Likely suitors:  Damned if we know. He’ll be holding out for someone like Tottenham but, let’s face it, he hasn’t got a prayer. The world’s moved on, it isn’t 2002 any more. How about a move back to Newcastle? They bloody love him up at St James’.

4. Carlos Cuellar: Pies have been fans of the retainer-wearing Spanish centre-half since his Rangers days, impressed early on by his positional sense, aerial fortitude and penchant for the flying last-ditch block. Also able to fill in at right back (though he’s definitely better off in the centre) as he did do in most of his Villa run-outs, Cuellar could definitely provide a reliable service for a side hovering around the upper middle of the table.

Likely suitors: Sunderland

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  1. Tim says:

    As a Southampton fan I’ve got to be realistic, but I’d love to see Adkins making an approach for Owen, and also someone not mentioned here David Albelda. The later’s an even greater pipe dream but he’s top class and would be just fantastic in our squad for the Premier League season.

    I’d also take Craig Gordon. I think he’s been unlucky with injuries and in terms of his up and down form, I think far more present goalkeepers in the league have worse patches than him.

  2. Tim says:

    *Also I think Southampton need a PL class centre back and Cuellar would be just fine with me.

  3. Professor Erno Breastpinchd says:

    Owen would probably be well suited to Southampton, but his ego won’t allow it

  4. von wurstenbrauer says:

    Clarence Seedorf. Likely suitors: Spurs.

  5. syndex says:

    I can see everton going for Jose Bosingwa (as a replacement for baines), figeroa as davey likes him and one of the keepers as cover. We need to save some transfer money as we have a couple of targets this summer (cheap ones to be fair).

  6. Dan says:

    Maynor Figueroa isn’t out of contract this summer. Still has a year to run at Wigan.

  7. abhi_gooner says:

    Would give anything to see Del Piero at Arsenal. His impact would be limited on the pitch but immense off it. Just look at the drive and passion Henry brought to the club.

  8. Connor says:

    How did England legend Darius Vassell miss out on this list? Surely a return to Man City is on the cards?

  9. aaron says:

    could be wrong but doesn’t essien have another year on his contract?

  10. adam says:

    Rodallega?? Momo diame?

  11. Toz says:

    I can see top clubs lining up for Emile Heskey.

  12. Nuno says:

    You mentioned Gattuso, but personally I’d prefer to keep in Europe the likes of Seedorf and mostly Nesta (he’s 36, not THAT old for a defender)

  13. Anonymous says:

    lol at gino to tottenham

  14. Stew says:

    Super ‘pipo Inzaghi? I’d have him at Newcastle.

  15. nat says:

    Would love to see Gattuso and Barton join forces on Ashley Young. He would be reincarnated several times.

  16. Calski says:

    Surley one of the better younger players not mentioned is Danny Guthrie. Released by Newcastle in the hope of more first team football. If it was for the brilliance of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, he’d start every week.

    Another notable mention would be Douglas (however no on is quite sure what’s happening with that, as he wants to stay in Holland until August for Visa reasons.)

  17. Brett says:

    Rob Green is a free agent. Going to be a good signing for someone. Spurs probably.

  18. Jimoh S.B says:

    I will like Rob Green to get me a club as i’m a professional footballer from Nigeria.

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