English Premier League clubs are still at it in the transfer market for the summer period; getting the best deals for the best players available and making sure proper planning for every playing department ahead of next season is underway. While the arrivals of the Ibrahimovics, Batshuayis and Xhakas would have made fans of their new clubs go agog, there are still some home-veterans who will bring a lot to the table if snapped up by sides in need of experience and quality backups in their ranks. Below are 10 EPL veterans who are currently free agents and will make great additions to other clubs next season.
Crystal Palace erstwhile striker, Adebayor has made a name for himself in England after turning out for Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in a career that has spanned over a decade. The 32-year-old 6 ft plus finisher scored once in 7 league features for the Selhurst Park outfit last term, and although he is way past his prime, the one-time African Player of the Year can still offer plenty of support off the bench.
The 32-year-old defensive midfield maestro twice turned out for the Emirates outfit and is now without a club. The player who is also with some Serie A experience showed he still has class last season with some spectacular displays in Arsenal’s F.A Cup campaign. However, given his new found exploits in the bio-chemical industry, Flamini could decide to hang the boots.
The ex-Argentina international defender didn’t get a contract renewal and extension with Manchester City and will now seek to continue his career elsewhere. The 35-year-old former Bayern Munich defender might return home as it is almost customary with most Argentines. But provided any EPL side comes knocking, they will be getting the services of one of the most experienced defenders for free.
The 32-year-old Morocco international striker is now a free agent after seeing out his contract with F.A Cup finalists, Crystal Palace. Chamakh arrived the EPL in 2010 having made an Arsenal switch for free from Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux. Despite appearing just 9 times in the EPL last season for the Alan Pardew-coached side, Chamakh is still a reliable squad player that can come handy as a backup in any club’s striking department. His 6-year Premier League experience will definitely count if he remains in the top-flight next term.
Czech international, Rosicky has seen a series of injuries hamper what would have otherwise been a fine Arsenal career, and has been let off the hook after years of great service to the North London club. The Euros 2016 showed glimpses of what a fit version of the 35-year-old can offer, and sadly, he picked up a knock that ruled him out of his country’s campaign in France.
At 35, there is little in consistent protection that can come from the former Liverpool central back, but the Premier League medalist can be a great cover to any side’s backline as he was at Anfield last season. He is not looking at hanging the boot anytime soon and is awaiting offers from EPL sides. He won’t be waiting for long due to his top quality.
Everton released the experienced 35-year-old midfielder last month and he is now without a side. With over 300 Premier League appearances for the Goodison Park side, Osman ticks every criteria as far as EPL experience goes and will provide a handful of it at any side that decides to employ his expertise.
The former Everton winger is now without a club after almost a decade of service for the Merseyside club. The 2009/2010 Everton Player of the Season can’t be relied upon for a starting role at 34 years of age, but the former South Africa international can be of great support as a substitute.
The 30-year-old versatile defender helped secure promotion for Newcastle from the Championship back in 2009, and sadly saw them return to the 2nd division at the end of last season. The ex England youth international was considered surplus to requirements by the Magpies and is in search of a new club.
The many-role former Aston Villa player has been released by the relegated club and will hope to see a Premier League club come for his signature. Still 31, the player who can feature on both wings and as a left-back can provide support in those roles for whichever club lands him.