With the Premier League nearing it’s halfway point for the season, we thought we would have a look at some of the players out of contract in the Summer. We trawled through the list and picked what we think is the best Premier League 2018 out of contract XI.
Goalkeeper – Willy Caballero (Chelsea)
The goalkeeping position was a tough one, with established Premier League goalkeepers such as Joel Robles and Tim Krul out of contract this season. However, we decided to go in a different direction and went for Chelsea back up Willy Caballero as our man between the sticks.
The former Manchester City man hasn’t been called on a lot this season as Thibaut Courtois has managed to stay fit. He has just two appearances for his new team with both coming in the Carabao Cup.
Right Back – Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
Full backs are a rare commodity in the Premier League these days and many teams could do a lot worse than this guy. Joel Ward has been consistent all season on the right side of the Palace defence racking up 12 appearances in all competitions so far.
He’s the type of player a team such as Brighton could do with signing to replace the 37-year-old veteran full-back Bruno when his contract expires next season. Other, more established, Premier League teams could use a man like Ward too with teams like Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle all struggling in the full back department.
Centre Back – Robert Huth (Leicester)
Robert Huth hasn’t made a single appearance for the first team this season due to injury. However, he has played twice times for the U23 side in PL2.
We couldn’t look past the giant German simply due to how instrumental he was in Leicester’s title winning side. He would be a very competent signing to help strengthen the back four of any side. Next seasons promoted sides should seriously consider offering this man a contract.
Centre Back – Miguel Britos (Watford)
Miguel Britos has been in the Premier League with Watford now for over two years and in that time has established himself as a pretty astute central defender.
He joined the Hornets on a free transfer from Napoli in July 2015 and, unless he gets a new deal, will be without a club come that time next year. Lower level Premier league teams could do worse, a lot worse.
Left Back – Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
It’s no secret that Shaw, who is still only 22 by the way, needs to get away from Manchester United to reinvigorate his career. It seems as though Jose Mourinho isn’t overly fond of former Saint.
Not a whole lot more needs to be said, other than mentioning that there is a one year extension option on his contract come Summer. However I can’t see either side being too fussed about activating that.
Central Midfield – Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Jack Wilshere is actually in very similar circumstances as Luke Shaw is at Man U. He has fallen out of favour at Arsenal due to persistent injury problems.
After a mediocre loan spell at Bournemouth last season, Wilshere needs to get himself fit and get some minutes under his belt. There isn’t a team in the league who won’t be bolstered by his presence in their midfield.
Central Midfield – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Manchester City’s midfield maestro of years gone by could finally be on his way out of the Etihad after seven years. Yaya hasn’t been quite as sharp this past year and only has five appearances in all competitions this season.
Having said that, he would still be an outstanding addition to most midfields across the league and most likely won’t be searching for a new employer for very long.
Attacking Midfield – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Mesut Ozil has more Premier League assists and chances created than anybody else in the league since he joined the Gunners in 2013. It doesn’t look as though he will be at Arsenal next season whether he’s offered a new deal or not.
Having said that, there’s a good chance he won’t even be at Arsenal in February as he’s said to be angling for a move away sooner rather than later.
Left Wing – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Sanchez will not be at the Emirates next season. This is absolutely no secret but when he will go and where he will go is still a mystery.
He, like teammate Mesut Ozil, apparently wants to leave North London as soon as possible with Manchester City being the bookies favourite to land the Chilean at the moment.
Right Wing – Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Juan Mata is widely recognised as ‘the nicest man in football’ but whether or not that will help Manchester United decide to offer him a new contract remains to be seen.
One thing is for certain, if they decide not to offer him a contract, he will not be short of offers from around the globe, not just the league.
Striker – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
What do I need to say about this man? The only concern is that he is 36 years of age and could choose to retire at the end of his contract.
He won’t be short of offers to continue but whether or not he will get one that will peak his interest is something only he will know.
Below, you can see the eleven we’ve picked in full. If you think you could do better then let us know in the comments at the bottom.