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Which Players Should Leave Your Premier League Club This Summer?

562408637 cb9ae434bd Which Players Should Leave Your Premier League Club This Summer?

It’s that time of the season for reflection, to look back on the 2010-11 Premier League season and to determine which players, if any, you would like to see leave your club in the summer. The saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And that’s definitely true in soccer where a player who couldn’t hit the target at one club goes on to become a star elsewhere.

But sometimes it’s worth getting rid of a player who is at his highest value so that the club can then go out and buy two or three players with that money. Fernando Torres’s move from Liverpool to Chelsea is a perfect example of that, where ‘Pool were able to get Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.

So, take a minute and reflect on your club’s season, and then share your suggestions in the comments below of who you’d like to see depart your club this summer.

Here’s my list of players who I think would leave their respective clubs:

Arsenal:
Andrei Arshavin (he’s lost his mojo and needs to return to Eastern Europe)
Manuel Almunia (he deserves first-team football week-in week-out somewhere else)
Nicklas Bendtner (he’s not good enough to be at Arsenal)

Aston Villa:
Ashley Young (time to sell the player for as much money as possible)
Emile Heskey (time to return to the Championship)

Birmingham City:
Alexander Hleb (did not live up to his potential)
Michel (it’s time for a permanent transfer away from St. Andrews)

Blackburn Rovers:
Michel Salgado (doesn’t have the pace for the Premier League)

Blackpool:
Marlon Harewood (he’s not good enough to play in the Premier League)
Matt Gilks (if Blackpool stays up, they need a more qualified first-team goalkeeper)

Bolton:
No changes necessary

Chelsea:
Fernando Torres (Chelsea’s only hope is for a Spanish club to come in for Torres, but who can afford him?)
Mikel (too inconsistent; Chelsea needs a more creative midfielder)

Everton:
Jack Rodwell (it’s time for Everton to cash in on this player so they can get much-needed transfer funds)
Jermaine Beckford (frustrating player with natural talent who has been unable to translate that into many goals)

Fulham:
Danny Murphy (time for the midfielder to hang up his boots, or take a step down the league)
Eidur Gudjohnsen (hasn’t been able to fit in with any of the clubs he’s moved to since Barcelona)

Liverpool:
Paul Konchesky (time for him to go back to Fulham or another club where he can get first-team football)
Joe Cole (don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Joe)
Milan Jovanovic (didn’t fit in at Liverpool at all)

Manchester City:
James Milner (time for him to go back to a Newcastle or similar club where he’s guaranteed a starting place each week)
Shay Given (the Irish goalkeeper deserves to be starting each week in the Premier League; time to move on)

Manchester United:
Owen Hargreaves (time to retire)
Dimitar Berbatov (needs to move to a club where he can play week-in week-out)
Gabriel Obertan (not good enough for Manchester United)

Newcastle United:
Sol Campbell (time for him to retire or move down the ladder)

Stoke:
No changes

Sunderland:
Cristian Riveros (not good enough for this level)

Tottenham:
Heurelho Gomes (not consistent enough at this level for Spurs)
Rafael van der Vaart (the footballer, no matter how brilliant he is, doesn’t fit into this Spurs squad)
Jermain Defoe (needs to move on to a club where he can play every game)
Roman Pavlyuchenko (we love your spirit, but you’re simply not good enough, Roman)
Ledley King (time to hang up your boots, son)
Jonathan Woodgate (you too mate)

West Brom:
No changes

West Ham:
Scott Parker (needs Premier League football to advance his England career)
Carlton Cole (needs to start with a fresh new perspective at a different club where he can regain his form)
Frederic Piquionne (deserves to be playing at a higher level)

Wigan:
Charles N’Zogbia (time to cash in on a superlative player who should fetch a high transfer fee)

Wolves:
Marcus Hahnemann (a transfer back to Major League Soccer to finish his career would be the ideal decision)

Share your suggestions in the comments section below of who you think should leave your club. And if you disagree with the suggestions listed above, tell me why below.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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