We witnessed the crazy transfer window this summer and frantic deadline day, with some of the unexpected moves occurred across the Europe. Only in the English Premier League, the clubs spent over £1 billion on transfers which prove something that we already knew – the football went completely mad.
However, some of the players failed to find a suitable team to join and are currently unattached, so let’s take a look at 18 footballers who would make a pretty reputable squad. We will use a 4-4-2 formation with seven substitutes.
Goalkeeper – Vladimir Gabulov
Gabulov is without a club since 1st of July, and the 32-year-old keeper would be a solid choice for the position for the next two or three seasons. Although didn’t make it as the Russia’s No.1 in competition with Igor Akinfeev, Gabulov has ten caps for the national team, more than 200 games in domestic Premier League, 20 matches in Europa League and six more in Champions League.
Right Back – Jose Bosingwa
A former Chelsea player and Portuguese international left Trabzonspor this summer and is looking for a new adventure. He will not contribute in attacking area as he did earlier in career, but could be a good option at the back thanks to his experience. Bosingwa won Premier League, two FA Cups, and two Champions League in his rich career.
Centre Back – Alex
Another defender who spent part of his career at Stamford Bridge, Alex is still strong in the air and can cause trouble to any goalkeeper from direct free-kicks with his powerful right foot. The former French and English champion scored 39 goals in 391 games throughout his career.
Centre Back – Martin Caceres
The Uruguayan was one of the brightest prospects when came to Europe in 2007, but the various injuries hampered his career and he managed to appear in only 224 league games in past ten years. The 69-times capped international is still relatively young for a defender (29), and as long as he’s healthy, Caceres could provide a great addition at the back.
Left Back – Juan Vargas
Vargas spent most of his career in Italy and recorded over 200 appearances in Serie A, scoring 22 goals and adding 30 assists. An attacking full-back can cover the left flank and also could serve as an emergency left winger. The crossing and set-piece taking are his greatest virtues.
Defensive Midfielder – Mathieu Flamini
Flamini was one of the favourite Arsene Wenger’s players since he joined from Marseille in 2004, and became an important member of the squad for the next four years before left for Milan in 2008. The Frenchman played over 160 Premier League games, almost 100 in Calcio, and has over 70 appearances in European cups. He’s 32, and could turn out to be useful for the next season or two. Flamini is error-prone occasionally, but he can also score a goal when nobody’s expecting.
Central Midfielder – Raul Meireles
A very creative and eccentric midfielder, Meireles’ contract with Fenerbahce expired this summer, and he should be considered as one of the best players currently available on the market. Meireles played for Porto, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Fener, winning titles in Portugal and Turkey, and also the Champions League with Chelsea. He possesses a solid shot from the long range, is excellent in the passing game, and knows how to score when given the opportunity.
Right Winger – Stephane Sessegnon
Sessegnon is also looking for a new club, and there is no doubt he will find one pretty soon. The Benin captain spent last five years in the Premier League playing for Sunderland and WBA, and he appeared in over 160 EPL matches, scoring 25 goals and adding 25 assists. He can play on both wings and be quite dangerous from the secondary striker position as well.
Left Winger – Junior Hoilett
Hoilett started his career at Blackburn, but played last four seasons at QPR, most recently in the Championship, scoring six goals in 29 games. The Canadian international is 26 and still has a few good years ahead of him, so he should be a decent option for mid-table Premier League outfit. Hoilett has almost 130 matches in the EPL, and can cover all attacking midfielder positions.
Centre Forward – Dimitar Berbatov
The lethal striker with great technique, Berbatov scored a bunch of goals in Germany, England, France, and most recently Greece while was at PAOK. He’s 35 and is considering retirement, but he could be useful for another season. Berbatov scored 241 goals in 596 matches, plus 48 for his country, and he would inevitably produce some more.
Centre Forward – Emmanuel Adebayor
The Togo international had the best time of his career at Arsenal from 2006 to 2009, but he also scored plenty of goals while playing for the fierce rivals Tottenham. Adebayor is only four goals shy of 100 in the Premier League, and he still has a few more tricks in a bag, so would be a great addition for the season or two.
Substitutes: GK – Tzorvas (Panathinaikos, Palermo, Genoa)
RB/LB – Joey O’Brien (Bolton, West Ham)
CB – Felipe Santana (Figueirense, Dortmund, Schalke, Kuban)
DMC – Mohamed Sissoko (Valencia, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG, Fiorentina, Levante)
MC – Sulley Muntari (Udinese, Portsmouth, Inter, Milan)
AMC/LW/RW – Zakaria Labyad (PSV, Sporting)
FW – Kevin Kuranyi (Stuttgart, Schalke, Dinamo Moscow, Hoffenheim)
The average age of this squad is 31.3, and would certainly do well for year or two, so these players could be helpful options for an average European club, and also for any Football Manager enthusiast who is looking to start from scratch.
Who are the other unattached players you would like to add?