Released Premier League Players List Published
In the time-honoured tradition of leaving the overweight kids to be picked last for playground sports, the Premier League has this week published a list of which players have been released by their clubs – and as usual, it makes for interesting reading; with Arsenal, Fulham and Stoke making the three biggest culls to their squads.
June 7th, 2013
The most high-profile name on the list would belong to the Gunners, with former Russian international captain Andrey Arshavin departing from the club after it emerged that he was not offered a new contract. With a transfer fee to the Emirates believed to be £15 million in January 2009, Arshavin joins 13 other players who now find themselves out of a club following the expiry of his contract.
With 12 players not offered new deals, Fulham have also swept the broom cupboard clean to some extent. Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer leaves the club after five years – following the signing by manager Martin Jol of the shot-stopper with whom he worked at Ajax, Maarten Stekelenburg. The 40-year old veteran goalie has been a little pre-occupied this week however – what with still representing his country between the sticks in World Cup qualifiers.
Meanwhile, at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke fans will say goodbye to 13 players as the likes of Rory Delap and Jermaine Pennant exit the Potters. While Pennant’s career has seen the likes of a Champions League final and a hefty transfer fee early on, Rory Delap has…well, his long throw used to be pretty good.
One thing is for certain; the latest list of Premier League releases tends to make a heck of an early letter to Santa for those Championship top-halfers.