Instead, it’s more realistic if we look at players who are available for relatively low fees, or better still, those going for nothing at all. Therefore, here are possibly the best the Premier League has to offer in no particular order.
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion. The Northern Irishman hasn’t had the best of seasons for the Baggies in comparison with his two previous seasons in the top flight at The Hawthorns. The 28 year old is able to operate on the left wing or just off the striker, with the former especially being somewhere in need of more depth. Brunt’s forte is his powerful left peg which has seen him bag some scorchers in years gone by.
Franco di Santo, Wigan Athletic. Once on the books at Chelsea, di Santo struggled to cope with the expectations at Stamford Bridge. However, despite his volatility and inconsistency, the 24 year old has impressed for Wigan Athletic when he has played to his potential. The striker is certainly an unfinished project, but I still believe he’s maturing as a footballer and would add much needed depth to our strike force.
Mark Schwarzer, Fulham. Sceptical frowns, perhaps. Age, naturally, plays a factor here, but I’ve watched the 40 year old Australian play all season and there’s no doubt in my mind he has at least another year left in him. It’s rumoured he won’t be offered a new contract at Craven Cottage, and he’s no doubt a ‘keeper with ability, and a wealth of experience. However, the focus certainly won’t be on the ‘keepers this summer. Other positions need strengthening first.
Maynor Figueroa, Wigan Athletic. Another player who has fallen through the trapdoor with his club. The 30 year old is incredibly hard working and capable of operating at centre back and left back. Wages demands are also likely to be low given the Latics’ imminent slashes following relegation. Perhaps not a contender for a regular first team place, but could work well if key defenders are injured given his versatility.
Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United. Now time to throw in a controversial one which will probably never happen. One thing’s for sure, it’d take an almighty wage cut to bring in an injury-prone 34 year old.
Feel free to criticise any (or all) of my choices and do suggest others.
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