Unattached Players – 10 Free Agents Worth A Look This January

Here’s our list of 10 intriguing unattached players potentially in line for a move this January…

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Wilfried Bony during his time at Swansea City.

With the transfer window back open, plenty of players will expect to be on the move.

However, not every club can afford to splash the cash.

Here’s our list of 10 intriguing unattached players potentially in line for a move this January…

 

PFA Unattached Players List January 2020 – Footballers On A Free

MARTIN OLSSON

Norwich City’s Martin Olsson (second right) celebrates scoring.

The Swedish left back has been without a club since leaving Swansea in 2019 but is still only 31 years of age and has over 12 years of experience in the Premier League and EFL Championship.

He’s been linked with a move back to the Allsvenskan in Sweden but a man with his CV will surely attract the attention of plenty of EFL clubs.

 

WILFRIED BONY

His best days may be behind him, but the former Man City and Swansea man is surely worth a second look for any clubs seeking reinforcements upfront in this transfer window.

Bony has indicated he would be keen on a return to England and was still playing Championship football for the Swans in flashes last season. Fitness would be an issue, but at 31, he may still have something to offer.

 

VLADIMIR WEISS

England’s Nathaniel Clyne battles Vladimir Weiss. Credit Daniel Teuscher/EQ Images via ZUMA Press)

30 years old, with bags of international experience, Slovakian winger Weiss could be an interesting leftfield option for any clubs looking to add some trickery in midfield.

A youth player with Man City, Weiss enjoyed short if unmemorable spells with Bolton and Rangers but has made a name for himself in Qatari football in recent seasons, scoring over 50 goals in a six-year spell in the country before leaving Al Gharafa at the end of last year.

 

NEMANJA NIKOLIĆ

Hungarian striker Nikolic may be a name that flies under the radar for most English fans, but he’s got an impressive record in both European and MLS football, with 291 goals in 507 career appearances.

Now 32, he’s a free agent after leaving Chicago Fire, but scored 12 in 31 games for the MLS side and surely has one last challenge left in him.

 

FÁBIO COENTRÃO

Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao and Sevilla’s Aleix Vidal (right).

It feels like the Portuguese left back has been around for ages – but the former Real Madrid man is still only 31 and is on the lookout for a new club after leaving hometown club Rio Ave in 2019.

With a trophy cabinet that boasts two La Liga titles, two Champions League and over 50 Portugal caps, expect plenty of clubs to make a polite enquiry this January. A move to Turkish football has been touted with Fenerbahce rumoured to be interested.

 

DIAFRA SAKHO

Could a blast from the Premier League make a surprise to return to English football in this window? 30-year-old Sakho has hardly set the world alight since leaving West Ham Utd in 2018 with largely forgettable spells at Rennes and Bursaspor.

However, the Senegalese striker showed enough in his four-year spell at the Hammers to suggest he could be still be an asset worth pursuing under the right manager. Nottingham Forest have been linked.

 

BEN MARSHALL

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota celebrates scoring his second goal against Nottingham Forest with teammate Ben Marshall.

In the always tight-knit world of Championship football, some clever January acquisitions can often be the difference between a sustained play-off push or a season that drifts towards mid-table mediocrity. As a freebie, there can be few better January targets out there for most Championship clubs than the vastly experienced Marshall.

The winger left Norwich last July after his contract was terminated by mutual consent but has had to play a patient waiting game after failing to find a new club for the start of the 2019/20 season. While his time at the Canaries didn’t work out, he lit up the league in spells for Wolves and Blackburn, and at 28 is still in his prime.

 

VICTOR ANICHEBE

Still only 31, could the former Everton and West Brom striker find a route back into English football in this window? Anichebe is in danger of becoming football’s forgotten man after disappearing off the radar following Premier League relegation with Sunderland in 2017.

A short-lived spell in Chinese football failed to reinvigorate the Nigerian striker but he’s played almost 200 games at Premier League and has the target man build to bully most EFL defences. A touted move to Doncaster Rovers never materialised earlier this autumn.

 

JORDON MUTCH

Queens Park Rangers’ Jordon Mutch (left) and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Finally, any EFL sides looking to bolster their midfield ranks this January could do worse than mull over a move for Mutch. The much-travelled 28-year-old is a free agent after broadening horizons with a spell in South Korean football on 2019 with K League 1 side Gyeongham FC.

The 6ft 2in midfielder has proven EFL Championship pedigree, winning promotion with Cardiff City in 2012/13 before a respectable four-year stint in the top flight with QPR and Crystal Palace.

Image sources: PA Images

 

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