The key free shirt numbers and who could inherit them

Date published: Tuesday 20th July 2021 6:53 - Matthew Stead

Gareth Bale

Most clubs have at least one important squad number free for new signings to inherit. Arsenal are among a few with plenty of spots to fill.

 

ARSENAL
4
– Last held by William Saliba; could be inherited by Ben White

8 – Last held by Dani Ceballos; could be inherited by Ruben Neves or Manuel Locatelli

10 – Last held by Mesut Ozil; could be inherited by Emile Smith Rowe

 

ASTON VILLA
1 – Last held by Tom Heaton; could be inherited by Emiliano Martinez because Arsenal are silly

8 – Last held by Henri Lansbury, could be inherited by Morgan Sanson

 

BRENTFORD
9 – Last held by Emiliano Marcondes; could be inherited by Ivan Toney

10 – Last held by Said Benrahma; could be inherited by Kristoffer Ajer if he turns out to be a William Gallas enthusiast

11 – Last held by Ollie Watkins; probably won’t be inherited by Glen Kamara if we’re honest, for a couple of reasons

 

BRIGHTON
1
– Last held by Mat Ryan; could be inherited by Kjell Scherpen

3 – Currently held by Ben White; could be inherited by Marc Cucurella

 

BURNLEY
Sean Dyche has obviously filled every shirt number from 1-11 in exactly the right way: keeper at 1, right-back at 2, left-back at 3, centre-halves at 5 and 6, central midfielders at 4 and 8, wingers at 7 and 11 and centre-forwards at 9 and 10. The next available spot is Robbie Brady’s 12.

 

CHELSEA
Thomas Tuchel is a similarly good lad, although he has central defenders at 2 and 4 with central midfielder Jorginho at 5. And Ross Barkley has misleading seniority at 8. The next available spot is Willy Caballero’s 13.

 

CRYSTAL PALACE
3
– Last held by Patrick van Aanholt; could be inherited by Victor Nelsson

6 – Last held by Scott Dann; could be inherited by Marc Guehi

10 – Last held by Andros Townsend; could be inherited by Eddie Nketiah or Reiss Nelson

Andros Townsend

 

EVERTON
3
– Last held by Leighton Baines; could be inherited by Denzel Dumfries

11 – Last held by Theo Walcott; could be inherited by Philippe Coutinho

 

LEEDS
8
– Last held by Vurnon Anita; could be inherited by Nahitan Nandez or Okay Yokuslu

10 – Last held by Ezgjan Alioski; could be inherited by Raphinha

 

LEICESTER
5
– Last held by Wes Morgan; could be inherited by Wesley Fofana or Ryan Bertrand

7 – Last held by Demarai Gray; could be inherited by Patson Daka or Boubakary Soumare

 

LIVERPOOL
2
– Last held by Nathaniel Clyne; could be inherited by Kylian Mbappe because Trent Alexander-Arnold bloody loves the spirit of 66

 

MANCHESTER CITY
1
– Last held by Claudio Bravo; could be inherited by Ederson or Zack Steffen but they seem palindromically happy at 31 and 13 respectively

4 – Last held by Vincent Kompany; could be inherited by Antonee Robinson apparently

10 – Last held by Sergio Aguero; could be inherited by Harry Kane or Jack Grealish

 

MANCHESTER UNITED
Jadon Sancho will either have to sweet talk and wait out Edinson Cavani for the 7, or assume the responsibility of Roy Keane and Michael Carrick’s 16. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has filled every other key number. The next available spot is Chris Smalling’s 12.

 

NEWCASTLE
Joelinton has switched to the 7 in a move which allows Callum Wilson a deserved upgrade to the coveted Newcastle 9, but Steve Bruce has otherwise got his business in order. The next available spot is Florian Lejeune’s 20.

Joelinton

 

NORWICH
4
– Last held by Ben Godfrey; could be inherited by Philip Billing

8 – Last held by Mario Vrancic; could be inherited by Pierre Lees-Melou

 

SOUTHAMPTON
3
– Last held by Ryan Bertrand; could be inherited by Brandon Williams

 

TOTTENHAM
9
– Last held by Gareth Bale; could be inherited by Danny Ings

 

WATFORD
2
– Last held by Daryl Janmaat; could be inherited by Danny Rose

4 – Last held by Craig Dawson; could be inherited by Imran Louza

6 – Last held by Ben Wilmot; could be inherited by Peter Etebo or Ainsley Maitland-Niles if Arsenal are nice

 

WEST HAM
4
– Last held by Fabian Balbuena; could be inherited by Attila Szalai

6 – Last held by Matt Upson; could be inherited by Duje Caleta-Car

11 – Last held by Robert Snodgrass; could be inherited by Jesse Lingard or Tammy Abraham

 

WOLVES
4 – Last held by Jesus Vallejo; could be inherited by Issa Diop

6 – Last held by Bruno Jordao; could be inherited by Yerson Mosquera

11 – Last held by Rui Patricio; could be inherited by Francisco Trincao

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