Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v C Palace

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

The King Power Stadium

Last Game

Leicester 0 - 1 Man City

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Free-transfer team: Pick your starting XI

TEAMtalk Editor Simon Wilkes presents his Premier League free-transfer XI - and invites you, our army of readers, to pick your own line-up.

Last Updated: 12/06/13 at 08:42 Post Comment

Florent Malouda: Gets a licence to thrill in Wilkes' free-transfer XI

Florent Malouda: Gets a licence to thrill in Wilkes' free-transfer XI

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Tom McDermott picked a free transfer XI for Sky Sports.com last week, and has been getting stick from the TEAMtalk lads ever since.

His starting XI (4-4-2) was: Schwarzer; Upson, Gallas, Kilgallon, Baird; Bentley, Malouda, O'Neil, Diarra; Santa Cruz, Carlton Cole.

We reckon better, more balanced teams can be constructed, so TEAMtalk Editor Simon Wilkes selects a team of his own - and invites you to do the same after scanning through the full list of released Premier League players available to you.

Simon Wilkes' free transfer XI (4-2-3-1): S Harper; D Simpson, W Gallas, M Upson, M Kilgallon; M Diarra, T Hitzlsperger; Arshavin, Malouda, J Thomas; Di Santo.

Subs: M Schwarzer, C Baird, I Harte, J Pennant, G O'Neil, Z Gera, C Cole.

Defence: Steve Harper has been in the shadows for virtually all of his career, but takes the number one jersey for me, as is a good shot-stopper, commands his area well and has bags of experience to call upon.

In front of him I've picked an experienced and rock-solid centre-back pairing. Neither Gallas nor Upson are the fastest, however, hence the decision to play two holding midfielders to offer them protection against pace.

Defensive midfielders: With Diarra the anchor, left-sided Hitzlsperger has more freedom to be the link man with the attacking midfield trio, and with Matt Kilgallon more defensively minded than Simpson on the right flank, the German can afford to make runs forward without leaving a hole to expose at the back on the left.

Attacking midfielders: It was a tough choice between Andrey Arshavin and Jermaine Pennant for the right-sided role, but I plumped for the former due to his greater pedigree and experience. Florent Malouda gets a licence to thrill and create as the man in the middle, while former West Brom winger Jerome Thomas gets a chance on the left flank, having thrived there for Albion under Roberto Di Matteo and Roy Hodgson.

Striker: Playing an attacking trio behind the frontman means balls will be coming into feet rather than from the wings aerially, so Franco Di Santo gets the nod over the likes of Carlton Cole and Marc-Antoine Fortune due to his superior touch and all-round play. He does have a physical presence too, so is perfectly suited to this role.

That's my team, now pick yours!

You can follow me on Twitter here.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property