EPL Out of Contract XI
14 May 2015, 08:35
Cape Town - The end of the season in the Premier League is rapidly approaching its conclusion and many players' contracts expiring, Sport24's Wade Pretorius looks at the those who deserve a new deal to continue plying their trade in the top-flight of English football.
Sport24's Premier League 'Out of Contract XI':
1. Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) - His performance against Manchester United a few weeks back might've reminded a few scouts to his qualities.
2. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) - Glen Johnson or City's Micah Richards? Much of a muchness but the Liverpool players gets the nod on this occasion.
3. Guy Demel (West Ham United) - Out of position at left back in this side but Demel still capable of doing the job.
4. Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United) - Not an abundance of centre-backs amongst those up for free transfers but Taylor is certainly a reliable pick.
5. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) - Tim Sherwood will be sweating on Vlaar's future, a strong centre-back capable of keeping most strikers in the league on their toes.
6. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) - Could do a Cambiasso-type job for any bottom half side. Still only 31 years old.
7. James Milner (Manchester City) - Walks into the side as he has loads of experience and plenty to offer any side. A move to Liverpool or Arsenal beckons if speculation is to be believed.
8. Tom Cleverley (Manchester United/on loan at Aston Villa) - Great week for Tom, after also being selected for the EPL Team of the Week...
9. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) - In the side, as long as he doesn't take the spot-kick responsibilities. Sneaks into the side ahead of Chelsea's Gael Kakuta.
10. James Wilson (Manchester United) - Wilson gets into the side ahead of Didier Drogba, mainly based on the fact that Wilson has many years ahead of him in the game.
11. Danny Ings (Burnley) - The best striker in the available pool and after a brilliant season with Burnley has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton.
Players out of contract at the end of the season (list via Daily Mail):
Arsenal: Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby, Damian Martinez
Aston Villa: Darren Bent, Ron Vlaar, Chris Herd, Enda Stevens
Burnley: Dean Marney, Steven Reid, Ross Wallace, Michael Duff, Danny Ings
Chelsea: Didier Drogba, Gael Kakuta
Crystal Palace: Shola Ameobi, Jerome Thomas, Brede Hangeland, Owen Garvan, Damien Delaney
Everton: Sylvain Distin, Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt
Hull City: Steve Harper, Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Alex Bruce, Stephen Quinn, Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figueroa, Joe Dudgeon
Leicester: Esteban Cambiasso, Matthew Upson, Paul Konchesky, Marcin Wasilewski, Dean Hammond, Conrad Logan, Zoumana Bakayogo
Liverpool: Kolo Toure, Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan, Jerome Sinclair
Manchester City: Richard Wright, James Milner, Micah Richards, John Guidetti
Manchester United: Tom Cleverley, James Wilson, Ben Amos
Newcastle United: Jonas Guitierrez, Ryan Taylor, Sam Ameobi, Freddie Woodman
Queen Park Rangers: Shaun Wright-Phillips, Rio Ferdinand, Joey Barton, Richard Dunne, Brian Murphy, Bobby Zamora, Karl Henry, Clint Hill, Alejandro Faurlin
Southampton: Artur Boruc
Stoke City: Jonathan Walters, Thomas Sorensen, Peter Odemwingie, Andy Wilkinson, Wilson Palacios
Sunderland: Wes Brown, Anthony Reveillere
Swansea City: Gerhard Tremmel, David Cornell
Tottenham Hotspur: Brad Friedel
West Bromwich Albion: Boaz Myhill, Chris Baird, Gareth McAuley, Youssuf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob
West Ham: Guy Demel, Carlton Cole, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Nene
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