11 free agents Premier League teams can still sign up
The transfer window might be shut, but Premier League teams can still sign free agents
If there's room in the squad, that is. Most Premier League sides will have submitted full 25 man squads, but if they have a vacancy to fill, they could do worse than some of the free agents on offer right now.
We have compiled some of the best players and biggest names currently not contracted to any club into a starting XI. The midfield is particularly strong.
We're playing a 4-4-2 diamond, because there are very few decent wingers available.
GK: Diego Cavalieri
So, it was slim pickings in goal. Cavalieri joined Crystal Palace last season during an injury crisis but never made an appearance for the Eagles. He was once on the books at Liverpool too, but never played in the Premier League for the Reds either. Please, for the love of God, someone give him a game.
RB: Glen Johnson
Stoke let him go after they were relegated last season, but the former Liverpool man still has a lot to give. Admittedly, he is a shadow of the player he was during his peak years, but he's experienced, I guess?
CB: Micah Richards
After not making an appearance for Aston Villa since October 2016, the Championship club finally let their former captain go this summer. His form in claret and blue was disappointing to say the least, so he's probably the least likely of this XI to get a move back to the Premier League. Never underestimate the stupidity of desperate clubs, though.
CB: John Terry
Captain. Leader. Free Agent. The former Chelsea defender did not have his contract renewed by Aston Villa this summer, leaving him jobless. What he lacks in pace he more than makes up for in bravery and composure. The only obstacle might be high wage demands, but there's enough cash swimming around in the Premier League for someone to take the risk.
LB: Patrice Evra
He loves this game. He really does. But nobody is currently employing him to play it. He last played for West Ham under David Moyes' management. Unfortunately for Evra, it looks like Moyes' next job will be for the USA men's national team. So, unless he can forge a new passport, he might be waiting a while before his next match.
DM: Yaya Touré
After a glittering eight years with Manchester City, the Ivorian midfielder bid farewell in the most fitting way: by lifting a Premier League trophy. He does not dominate games in the way he used to, bulldozing through helpless midfielders, but he can still pull the strings from deep and could be a useful addition for several Premier League clubs if they can protect him effectively.
CM: Claudio Marchisio
Seven time Serie A winner, still only 32, Marchisio is possibly the best free agent on the market. A sequence of injuries saw him fall down the pecking order at Juve and he was allowed to leave after 25 years at the club this summer, but his experience at the highest level would make him a solid addition for a side in need of back up in central midfield.
CM: Jack Rodwell
It was him or Claudio Yacob, alright?
AM: Samir Nasri
He's given both defenders and managers nightmares throughout his career, but was largely impressive during his time at Sevilla. His spell in Turkey was less successful, but under the right manager, his creativity could be seriously useful for teams in the bottom half who have a solid base to build on.
CF: Dimitar Berbatov
It's been eight years since that hat-trick against Liverpool, but one does not simply lose a touch that good. You'd have to be really, really desperate to sign him, but he would provide guaranteed entertainment and several moments that make you gasp, even if he doesn't score.
CF: Dieumerci Mbokani
You may remember Mbokani from teams such as Norwich City, Hull City and Dynamo Kyiv. The DR Congo striker once scored a backheel nutmeg for Norwich which, in my book, is enough to earn a lifetime contract. Somebody please sign him.