Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Bosman 11 of 2011
With clubs cautious about opening their cheque-books, the bosman market might be the popular route this coming summer.
Here's my bosman 11:
1. Timo Hildebrand (Sporting Lisbon) - The 31-year-old German broke on to the scene with VFB Stuttgart and he was one of the most saught after goalkeepers whilst in Germany. A move to Valencia did not go as well as planned but Hildebrand revived his career for 2 years at Hoffenheim and is now Sporting's backup goalkeeper.
2. Lucas Neill (Galatasaray) - The experienced Australian signed an 18-month contract with the Turkish giants last season and joined up with fellow Aussie Harry Kewell, who is also available on a bosman. Neill has also had spells at Blackburn, West Ham and Everton and at 32 would certainly do a job back in the Premiership next season.
3. Oscar Wendt (FC Copenhagen) - Copenhagen's first choice left-back is very highly-rated in Denmark and Chelsea fans will see more of the Swede when they lock horns in the Champions League. The 25-year-old is reportedly being chased by Benfica and a number of German sides.
4. Joseph Yobo (Everton/Fenerbahce) - Yobo is currently on loan at Fenerbahce after falling out of favour at Goodison Park. The Nigerian has done well in Turkey and has held down a regular shirt so far this season. With 75 caps for Nigeria his experience could be valuable for any European club.
5. Gokhan Zan (Galatasaray) - Gokhan Zan is someone who I remember from Euro 2008 where he was a stand-out in one of Turkey's games. The 29-year-old looked the part and was a regular at Besiktas before moving to Galatasaray a year later. His time at Galatasaray has not been great and it is unlikely that he would be offered a new contract.
6. Gilberto (Panathinaikos) - At 34, Gilberto might be tempted back to Brazil in the summer when his contract runs out in Athens. Gilberto was a key part of the Arsenal 'invincible' team and made over 100 appearances for the Gunners.
7. Zoltan Gera (Fulham) - Gera is a crucial part of a very talented Hungarian national side and his wealth of experience is crucial in a young squad. The 31-year-old was a star man in Fulham's Europa League campaign last season and is still capable of playing at the top level. A very under-rated player in my view.
8. Alex (Fenerbahce) - Fenerbahce's number 10 has excelled since arriving in Istanbul in 2004 and is now their captain. Alex has also featured a number of times for the Brazilian national team and could also be tempted back to Brazil in the summer when his deal runs out.
9. Johan Elmander (Bolton) - Under Owen Coyle, Elmander has been given a new lease of life following a relatively unsuccessful spell at the Reebok. He joined Bolton in 2008 after a good spell at Toulouse. The 29-year-old is a regular in the Swedish national team and could be tempted to stay at Bolton due to Coyle's presence. Could do a job for most top sides.
10. Ibrahim Yattara (Trabzonspor) - With Trabzonspor leading the way in the SuperLig, the 30-year-old Guinean midfielder has been oustanding so far this season. Easily one of the best players in Turkey, this could be a potential scoup for any club at the end of the season.
11. Alan (Braga) - Alan played a huge part in Braga's excellent form last season. He joined Braga in 2008 and at 31 impressed in their Champions League games this season. Like the other two Brazilians in my 11, he could be tempted by a move back to Brazil in the summer.
Hope that was not the most boring 5 minutes of your life.