With plenty of comings and goings in the Premier League this season, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of who is where. When it comes to free agents, it gets even harder. This summer saw a vast number of players leave on free – just look at Drogba and Kalou leaving Chelsea.
Jose Bosingwa – With plenty of free agents leaving Chelsea this summer, the departure of Bosingwa perhaps hasn’t been that well documented. Yet the right back could be a welcome addition to several Premier League sides. The Portuguese player perhaps suffered at Chelsea playing opposite the faultless Ashley Cole, yet there is no doubt that he can still play in the Premier League.
Bosingwa may even fancy staying in West London as Fulham could certainly do with some help at the right back position. The other option is a trip up to North East in my view, joining Alan Pardew’s developing Newcastle side. For Pardew, Bosingwa might just be the perfect alternative to transfer target Mathieu Debuchy, who the Magpies look set to miss out on.
Ivan Klasnic – perhaps a controsversial choice in this list, but Klasnic could certainly bolster the front line of a Barclays Premier League club, Despite not being a regular starter at Bolton last season, the Croat still provided a useful role as Bolton struggled to get out of the relegation zone.
Yet despite playing for a Championship side now, Klasnic would be useful as a squad member in the Barclays Premier League. Look to the newly promoted clubs for a move here, with either Southampton or Reading favourites to take the former Croatian international
James McFadden – Perhaps another questionable selection but let me explain. McFadden has never really lived up to the potential he had coming out of Motherwell when he first moved to Everton. Yet if theres one thing that he is, it is a poacher. True the Scot has never scored a glut of goals yet there is no doubt that he has been in the right place at the right time on multiple occasions for different teams.
He again might be a target for the newly promoted Southampton, Reading or the likes of Wigan who might struggle to stay up this year. Yet the odds would be on a move back to his homeland, with Motherwell keen on resigning their former player.
Craig Gordon – Speaking of Scots, Gordon would be another on my list of top free agents. The former Hearts man has struggled with injuries since arriving in the Premier League but that doesn’t take away his talent. The Scotland shot-stopper has been voted as one of the countries’ greatest goalkeepers yet has lost his place in the national side due to his injuries and lack of first team games. Wigan and Stoke City should seriously evaluate their goalkeeping positions and my money would be on either of them to take a swipe at Gordon.
Michael Owen – At 32 years old, the credential that once made Michael Owen stand out has now disappeared. True he doesn’t have his pace, yet Sir Alex must surely have seen something in Owen to take a punt on him last season. One could argue that the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle striker takes his horse training more seriously than his football these days, yet he shouldn’t be looked over in this transfer window in my opinion.
Stoke City are incredibly keen to get a deal done, something which will certainly suit both parties. Yet also I’d look at Sam Allardyce offering Owen a lifeline at West Ham United if a deal for Andy Carroll doesn’t materialize.