It’s incredible to think that after all the excitement of the transfer window that here we are a whole two weeks later and there are still some well known names without a club.
Whether it’s wage demands, environment, fitness or simply a lack of interest that is stopping them finding a club is anyone’s guess.
Here is a list of players who surely should have a contract and a pen being thrust in front of them soon enough…..
1. Joleon Lescott
Joleon has recently turned 35, but surely his wealth of experience from his days at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City will see him earn a deal somewhere soon. Capped 26 times for England, he was most recently at Sunderland.
The 30 year old American born Italian started at Manchester United having come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Although he didn’t become a permanent fixture, he did go on to star for Villareal as well as a spell at Fiorentina. Short loans spells back in Spain are yet to secure him a permanent deal. He does boast 30 caps for Italy.
3. Rickie Lambert
Having made his name in the football league. The Liverpool born hitman first came into the public eye after impressing for Southampton. A dream move to his home town club was short lived. But he has enjoyed spells at West Brom and Cardiff since. Lambert also gained 11 England caps.
4. Jose Antonio Reyes
The 34 year old has bags of experience and success under his belt as he lists Sevilla (twice) Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica and more recently Espanyol as former clubs. 21 caps adds to the Spaniards glowing CV.
5. Abou Diaby
Now 31, the former Arsenal midfielder has spent the last 2 years back in his homeland with Marseille
6. Mathieu Flamini
The Frenchman has enjoyed a fruitful career that’s included 2 spells in North London with Arsenal, separated by 5 years at AC Milan. He spent last year at Crystal Palace but found appearances hard to come by.
7. Shay Given
The Irishman is now 41 and will not have a lot of time left in him as a professional. But goalkeepers do tend to have a more prolonged career in comparison to outfield players. Shay has a lot of experience to call on having made his name at Newcastle. He went on to experience success at Man City and enjoyed other spells in the top flight with Aston Villa and Stoke City. In addition he was capped no fewer than 134 times by the Republic of Ireland.
8. Joe Ledley
The 30 year old Welsh international midfielder has recently been released by Crystal Palace. Capped 73 times, the former Cardiff man has plenty left in him to continue to play at the top level.
9. Jay Spearing
The former Liverpool man is still only 28 and having most recently been at Bolton Wanderers he will surely find a club at a similar level soon after failing to agree terms on a new deal.
10. Matty Fryatt
Now 31 the striker has plenty of experience in England’s top 2 divisions after spells with Leicester City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. 134 career goals suggests he could still do a job in the football league.
So would you like to see any of these players plying their trade at your club?
Comment below on your thoughts…