Wilshere Free Agent

Unattached Players | Current Free Transfers

Wilshere Free Agent

With the transfer window back open in January, plenty of players will be on the move.

However, with several clubs tightening their belts in the current climate, not every chairman will be willing to splash the cash.

For that reason, we’ve picked out some of the most intriguing unattached footballers seeking a fresh start in the January transfer window…

Unattached Players This Winter | Free Agents January 2022

JACK WILSHERE

Age: 29
Previous club: Bournemouth

Why sign him?

A clutch of high-profile media appearances of late have surely been planned with a January comeback in mind for a player once tipped to be a future England captain.  

Wilshere appears to be desperate to shake off his injury-prone reputation, one that looks a touch unfair on recent evidence at least, having put in a not-too-shabby 17 appearances for Bournemouth last season.

However, another short term pay-as-you-play type deal looks a given if the former Arsenal ace is going to get his foot back in the door come the new year.

NABIL BENTALEB

Age: 26
Previous club: Schalke 04

Why sign him?

Despite an indifferent last two seasons with Schalke and Newcastle, it’s surely far too early to completely write off the Algerian’s chances of making a significant impact under the right manager, with Bentaleb just approaching what should be his peak as a footballer.

Bentaleb free agent

If he can find the right mentor to iron out some of his past disciplinary issues, the free agent could yet stumble into a second act in what has been to date a stop-and-start career.

It might not come in English football, however, having largely underwhelmed at both the Magpies and Spurs.

DANI ALVES

Age: 38
Previous club: São Paulo

Why sign him?

In truth, few clubs will probably try, given at 38 he’s unlikely to be fussed about rushing back in to the game that has served him up all manner of trophies over a 20-year career.

However, the legendary Brazilian right-back has hinted he’s not quite done yet after a stormy end to what he thought would be his swansong at boyhood club São Paulo.

Alves has already put the feelers out to former club Barcelona.

He’s hinted at his willingness to re-sign for the club where he enjoyed his greatest successes for a cut-price fee as he spies an emotional return to the financially-stricken Spanish giants.

ANDY CARROLL

Age: 32
Previous club: Newcastle Utd

Why sign him?

Yes, there’s always that lingering doubt over his fitness.

However, as a short-term option Carroll unquestionably would offer some much-needed nuisance value coming off the bench for any side prepared to give him a hearing this January.

The former Newcastle man enjoyed a relatively clean bill of health in his last two seasons with the Magpies, making 43 appearances, albeit mostly late on in games.

A shock move to Serie A has been touted, with Cagliari reporting sniffing around Carroll, and the occasionally slow-burning Italian top flight has been a kind staging post for players of a certain vintage.

Could his physicality be ideally suited to a move to the continent?

HAL ROBSON-KANU

Age: 32
Previous club: West Brom

Why sign him?

Released by West Brom this summer, could Robson-Kanu be tempted by one final spell in the limelight this winter should a place at the 2022 World Cup remain in play for his national side?

It seems a stretch.

Robson-Kanu Free Agent

Robson-Kanu is that rare breed of footballer who has hit upon an instant calling beyond the beautiful game, having turned his hand to entrepreneurship since leaving the Baggies.

The former Premier League star has found a new lease of life with a thriving business in the nutrition and health drinks industry. Considering his new career trajectory, he’d be forgiven if the prospect of a cold wet windy night in Stoke lacks appeal should his phone start ringing this January.

ANDRE WISDOM

Age: 28
Previous club: Derby County

Why sign him?

He’s still firmly in his prime, playing 40 times for Derby County last season, and departed the crisis-hit club largely as a result of their financial issues earlier this summer rather than for any performance-related reasons.

Once he’s back up to speed, Wisdom has all the credentials required to slot into any Championship side having made over 100 appearances in the second tier during his time with the Rams.

JACOB BUTTERFIELD

Age: 31
Previous club: Melbourne Victory

Why sign him?

The hard-working midfielder is still at the age where he could have something to offer for many an EFL club looking for a player to fill a ‘number 8’ style role.

Butterfield has also shown he’s not afraid to immerse himself in a new challenge after opting to ply his trade in the A-League for Melbourne Victory when left on the scrapheap amidst the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

JOSH SIMS

Age: 24
Previous club: Southampton

Why sign him?

He’s an intriguing project for any manager willing to take a long-term view. Considering the excitement surrounding Sims as a young prospect at Southampton, there is clearly some latent talent to work with here.

Sims excelled up to England U20 youth level and helped send the Saints into the FA Cup Final with an assist back in 2017. Establishing himself consistently at club level has proved much harder, with some suitors perhaps put off by a succession of middling loan spells with Reading, New York Red Bulls and Doncaster Rovers before his release from his hometown club in 2021.

Portsmouth, Doncaster, Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday were all linked with his signature earlier this summer.

Could a League One club come knocking after Christmas as he looks to get his career back on course?

ADAM CLAYTON

Age: 32
Previous club: Birmingham City

Why sign him?

Clayton is one of the Championship’s most experienced operators, with the bulk of his 453 career appearances coming in the English second tier, and he’s now seeking pastures new in the January window after calling time on his disappointing spell with Birmingham in November 2021.

Clayton Free Agent

He may also have a point to prove to his previous employers after a howler in his final appearance with the Blues caused him to be frozen out the first-team picture.

With plenty of suitors reportedly enquiring as to his availability earlier this summer, Clayton could be a wise head in midfield for any clubs needing to strengthen their spine for the second half of the campaign.

JACK RODWELL

Age: 30
Previous club: Sheffield Utd

Why sign him?

At 30, Rodwell looks to be in last-chance saloon having never fulfilled the early promise that saw Man City snap him up for £12m back in 2012.

Will a ticking clock help the 6ft 2in midfielder finally seek out a more sustainable home after short-lived spells at both Blackburn and Sheffield Utd?

The Southport-born midfielder has played less than 30 games in four years of professional football so he’ll have something to prove wherever he pitches up next. That measly return may mean a stint abroad is the wisest path given his somewhat tainted reputation in the English game.

A move to the A-League has been mooted as his next attempted career reboot.   

JORDON IBE

Age: 25
Previous club: Derby County

Why sign him?

A regular at Premier League level just two seasons ago, Ibe has recently taken some time out of the game since leaving Derby after a well-publicised battle with depression.

The former Liverpool and Bournemouth ace has recently stated his desire to make a return to competitive action, however, with the 25-year-old also overcoming some physical challenges over the last year, sustaining a leg break in the wake of his departure from the Rams.

Free Agents | 2022 January Transfer Window

ADAM CLAYTONANDRE WISDOMANDY CARROLLBRIGHT ENOBAKHAREDANI ALVESELIAQUIM MANGALAEMYR HUWSFRANK FIELDINGGEORGE THORNEHAL ROBSON-KANUJACK RODWELLJACK WILSHEREJACOB BUTTERFIELDJACOB MELLISJEROME SINCLAIRJORDON IBEJOSH SIMSLEE TOMLINNABIL BENTALEBNATHANIEL MENDEZ-LAINGNEIL TAYLORNILE RANGEROUMAR NIASSEYAYA SANOGO

List correct as of 09/11/2021

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