WHILE fans sit at home eagerly awaiting news about who their club may sign, there’s also a group of people eagerly anticipating what transfer deadline day may bring.
Of course I’m talking about the plethora of footballers who are out of contract and are looking for employment.
So instead of signing on the dole, they wait patiently for the phone to ring hoping to reignite their career.
Therefore, we’ve decided to come to the aid of those without a club and showcase the best 11 free agents on the market.
1. Craig Gordon: When Craig Gordon’s moved to Sunderland for a British record fee, it looked like it would catapult him to greater things. Unfortunately, however, it didn’t quite work out. Through rotten injury luck and falling out of favour with various Sunderland managers, Gordon’s career seemed to hit the buffers and was released.
2. Paul Robinson: Paul Robinson is one of those players who seems to have been around forever. With a wealth of Premier League experience at West Brom and Bolton, Robinson has been there and got the t-shirt. A good squad player.
3. Danny Gabbidon: Despite featuring heavily in QPR’s team last season, Mark Hughes decided that Dannt Gabbidon didn’t fit the bill. A decent performer who could do a job at a mid-level Premiership club.
4. Justin Hoyte: As a member of the Arsenal academy, Justin Hoyte had aspirations of forging a career at one of England’s biggest clubs. But after a loan move to Sunderland his career went steadily downhill. He was sold to Middlesbrough and since then he’s find out tough going. A player hoping to reinvigorate his playing career.
5. Michel Salgado: A Spanish international who spent 10 years at Real Madrid, Michel Salgado has a fantastic footballing CV. However, at 36 age isn’t on his side. But you can’t match experience and his knowledge could prove invaluable to a side.
6. Owen Hargreaves: Possibly one of unluckiest footballers of all time. While having the ability to play for any top side, the former England international boasts the most impressive injury CV. He’s had a serious injury at every club he’s been at and has not fulfilled his potential.
7. James McFadden: A Scottish favourite whose career has stalled over the past few years. Spells at Birmingham and Everton saw McFadden produce his best football. But after the Blues got relegated, the winger got released and has been left in the footballing wilderness.
8. Papa Bouba Diop: A midfield general who is a powerhouse. After spells at West Ham and Fulham, the wardrobe, as he aptly known, needs a club.
9. Emile Heskey: A footballing stalwart who once terrorized the Germans, Emile Heskey has the potential to torment defences and prove a real threat. However, he’s never lived up to his potential and finds himself looking for suitable matches on match.com. Go on, someone take a chance!
10. Michael Owen: Michael Owen scores goals. He was tipped to be one of England’s finest ever strikers, but since his move to Newcastle it’s gone a bit pear-shaped for Owen. At 32, he still has plenty to offer but is anyone willing to pay his high wages?
11. Somen Tchoyi: When Somen Tchoyi scored a hat-trick for West Brom he looked the real deal, but that’s as good as it got for the Canadian midfielder. He could never hold down a place and is looking for a club.
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