Here is the list of players officially released form the twenty Premier League clubs, and there’s one or two big names on the list.
Arsenal: Almunia, Brislen-Hall, Hoyte, McDermott, Murphy
Aston Villa: Caira, Cuellar, Heskey, Nelson-Addy, Taylor, Ward
Blackburn: Aley, Goulon, Grella, Knowles, Salgado
Bolton: Bennett, Blake, Connolly, S Davis, Eckersley, Fazlic, Gardner, Jaaskelainen, Klasnic, Knight, Obadeyi, Robinson, Steinsson
Chelsea: Bosingwa, Drogba, Kalou, Mitrovic, Taylor
Everton: Davies, Hahnemann, McFadden, Nsiala, Orenuga, Roberts
Fulham: Barroilhet, Cosgrove, Grygera, Harris, Johnson, Murphy, Pogrebnyak, B Riise
Liverpool: Amoo, Darby, Emilsson, Gomis, McGiveron, Roberts
Man City: Assulin, Benali, Hargreaves, Mancini, Nielsen, Taylor, Tse
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Owen
Newcastle: Adjei, Airey, Donaldson, Folan, Guthrie, Henderson, Kadar, Lovenkrands, McDermott, Nzuzi, Smith
Norwich: Ball, Dawkin, Whitbread, Wilbraham
QPR: Agyemang, Borrowdale, Buzsaky, Cerny, Cook, Gabbidon, Hall, Hill, Olley, Ramage, Shittu, Vine
Stoke: Davies, Diao, Fuller, Moult, Soares
Sunderland: Bagnall, Carson, Cook, Elliott, Gordon, King, Tounkara
Swansea: Bodde, Smith, Thomas, Walsh
Tottenham: Alnwick, Jansson, Lassen, Nelsen, Oyenuga, Ranieri, Saha
West Brom: Andrews, Downing, Edge, Elford-Alliyu, Fulop, Mattock, Scharner, Shorey, Tchoyi
Wigan: Breeze, Diame, Girvan, Gohouri, Myler, Pollitt, Robinson, Rodallega, Rugg, Thomas
Wolves: Craddock, Harris, Hemmings, Spray
The majority of the names on the list are either youngsters unable to tie down a new contract, or has-beens, most likely to find employment in the Championship.
We have already been linked with Mohamed Diame and Steve Gohouri of Wigan Athletic, along with Solomon Kalou.
I certainly believe we have the resources to attract the attention of Kalou. While he’s been heavily linked with the German club, Schalke, we could challenge that attention with the assertion of a starting XI role, along with the prospect of European football.
Hugo Rodallega has also been mentioned in the press, but I think it would be more beneficial to focus our attention elsewhere. Although there is a chance of Demba Ba leaving in the Summer, Luuk de Jong of FC Twente would be a more exciting replacement, and could offer a consistent flow of goals, in comparison to Rodallega’s meager 2 goals this term.
The list also includes Michael Owen, the 32 year-old former Newcastle United striker, who played just four times last season for the Red Devils, and just 21 times over the last two years. However, his age and wage demands don’t coincide with Newcastle’s astute transfer policy and a return looks highly unlikely.
What do you think? Would you like to see any of these players at the club come August?
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