Written by Harry Martin
Championship clubs are spending much more than ever, in order to compete in what is the most competitive league in the country, but spending doesn’t always guarantee success. All Out Football have targeted a whole Championship 11 who have been released from their respective clubs that should be snapped up.
Goalkeeper – Rob Green
Released by QPR over the summer, the former England keeper would be a decent signing for a few teams in the Championship in need of an experienced man between the sticks. Green might not be every fan’s favourite after that memorable howler for the Three Lions back in South Africa, but you can’t argue that he would be a perfect fit, if the wages were right. Whilst not getting any younger, the 36 year old made 15 appearances for the hoops last term, proving he can still perform at this level.
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Centre Back – Matt Kilgallon
Recently released from Blackburn, Kilgallon would be a smart signing for the majority of second flight clubs, boasting a whole host of experience to his name. Another player whose getting no younger in terms of age, but could be worth it for the Championship know-how alone. In my eyes, the York born centre-half will find a championship club.
Centre Back – Kelvin Wilson
What on earth happened to Kelvin Wilson in his second spell at Forest? The East Midlands club originally let him go to Celtic for nothing and in the Summer of 2013, bought him back for £2.5 million. Upon his return the Nottingham born man has looked out of his depth and quite frankly shocking, which has lead to his release. But who is to say he can’t start a fresh and kick start his career with a different Championship club, we’ve seen it time and time again and Wilson would fit numerous sides at this level, it’s definitely worth a punt on him.
Centre Back – Rhys Williams
A very solid player at this level, Rhys Williams has had a nightmare in terms of injuries over the last few seasons. Before this torrid spell on the sidelines, he was a regular at the heart of a very strong Middlesbrough defence. Providing the Australian international can stay fit, he’s a certain gamble worth taking for me.
Right Midfield – Chris Burke
Chris Burke has always been a dangerous player at Championship level, and I see no reason why the tricky winger won’t find himself playing in the division come next term. What he may lack in pace as he’s getting older, he certainly makes up with his fantastic dribbling ability coupled with the fact he has one of the best deliveries from wide areas. Burke is also a very two-footed player and likes to chip in with the odd goal. Any club that can entice Burke to sign knows that they’re getting themselves very willing player along with someone who knows the league inside out.
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Central Midfield – Alejandro Faurlin
In my eyes, one of the most technically gifted footballers in the division that has been very unlucky with injury. Faurlin could change the dynamic of any team if they can look past his injury prone career and take that gamble. A very cultured left footed midfielder with a fantastic range of passing and has that ability to control the tempo of a game, which not many possess. Following his release from QPR ( you’d imagine down to injuries) I would be truly shocked if the Argentine isn’t at a top Championship club come the start of the 16/17 campaign.
Central Midfield – Andrew Crofts
A player that simply found himself surplus to requirements at the AMEX. Crofts would be a shrewd signing for anyone in the market for an experienced, ball playing midfielder. I very much feel he could be a perfect player for a team like Rotherham, who will look to build next season under new manager Alan Stubbs. Maybe Burton coming up to the Championship could go in for him as they look for experienced heads in the division.
Central Midfield – Robert Tesche
The third former Forest player in this team, German midfielder Tesche had a decent spell at the City Ground, in the end his reported high wages lead to his release. But wages aside, the former Hamburg man would be a very impressive signing for a whole host of clubs. He has the ability to marshal the defence and is a physical presence in the middle of the park, as well as having a rasping shot from distance on him. If Tesche is happy to lower his wages, he could well find himself with another side in the division.
Left Midfield – Sone Aluko
A player I believe to have bags of potential, but has yet to fulfil it. Aluko didn’t suit Hull one bit, the style of play was horrific at times and this restricted the former Rangers man to play in a way where he couldn’t influence the game. I can see him fitting in at a side such as Brentford that would play football the right way therefore allowing Aluko to go out there and get on the ball and keep it on the floor. Providing he stays fit, it could be very shrewd indeed.
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Striker – Bobby Zamora
After a very good season in my eyes for The Albion, Zamora might be surprised to see himself without a club. 7 goals in 26 games is a very good return and I still feel Zamora has a lot to offer any club as well as being a handful. Playing with two upfront would suit the big man down to a tee, he has the ability to pin defenders and is always a threat in front of goal. Any team who manages to snap him up certainly has a player that is capable on their hands.
Striker – Mirco Antenucci
A player who I’ve always been a fan of since his arrival at Elland Road, the Italian forward netted 9 times last season in what was a poor season for Leeds. But their loss is another clubs gain, and if a club can lure him he has certainly shown in these couple of seasons that he has adapted to the league very well.
Which players would you take on a free from this team? Let us know in the comments below!
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