The Premier League concluded for the season on May 12. Manchester City were the team with the most points, most goals scored and the second best defensive record. The Premier League champions won 14 games on the trot to seal their league victory.
It was important the teams performed in peak form during the home run of the league and now the clubs are tasked with preparing for the next season. While preparing usually means adding a new player who can lift the squad, it also means letting go of the deadwood at a place- a sports club, or any organization for that matter.
The saying goes that we are only as strong as the weakest link, and it is time for everyone to decide who their weakest link is. The upcoming season will show that those who can’t improve will decay. With that in mind, here’s the Premier League’s biggest clubs and all the names they’ll not be welcoming back for next summer.
The Premier League champions have won two in a row. Despite the media’s reports linking Guardiola to clubs in Italy, you can rest assured that the Spanish coach is already planning his next season. Winners dream of their next move while everyone sleeps sound. Pep Guardiola is definitely a winner.
Here are the players Guardiola will allow to leave in the summer:
Vincent Kompany- 33
Except for captain Kompany, City have every other player tied up for at least one more year and are therefore most secured in terms of existing players.
Liverpool challenged Manchester City till the last day of the Premier League. The Reds are also the team with two out of the three golden boot winners this year. Still, Liverpool will see some big name players leave in the summer while some young ones move on in search of greener grass. Here’s the list of Liverpool’s expiring contracts:
James Milner- 33
Daniel Sturridge- 29
Alberto Moreno- 26
Adam Lallana also has only the next season left on his Liverpool contract and maybe moved to make space for new players and to free up some wages.
Chelsea were in their first season under Maurizio Sarri. Sarri arrived from Napoli after most of pre-season was over and brought Jorginho with him. Even though the Brazilian Italian didn’t make much of an impact on the results, Sarri will need help if he is to better on Chelsea’s third place finish.
Here’s a list of the players who will leave Chelsea unless an announcement is forthcoming in the next few days:
Robert Green- 39
Gary Cahill- 33
also these players will likely return to their parent club:
Mateo Kovacic- 25
Gonzalo Higuain- 31
Tottenham began the season in the hopes of winning a spot in the Champions League. It has been several transfer windows without any incoming transfer at White Hart Lane. Even the Spurs boss has said that he may leave in the summer. But which players will leave the new White Hart Lane before it becomes old? Here’s the list:
Michael Vorm- 35
Fernando Llorente- 34
Arsenal are a club in transition under Unai Emery. The shadow of Arsene Wenger still hangs over the Emirates and some of the Frenchman’s veterans are about to vacate their squad positions. The Gunners have a bang-on striker combination but will look to reinforce in defence. Here’s the number of players who will leave Arsenal:
Stephan Lichtsteiner- 35
Petr Cech- 37
Nacho Monreal- 33
Aaron Ramsey- 28
Danny Welbeck- 28
Carl Jenkinson- 27
Returning from Loan:
Denis Suarez- 25
Last, but not the least are Manchester United. Currently lost to the footballing wilderness, Manchester United are still undergoing the rebuild scheduled after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. While Liverpool have since come from the mid table to the top, United seem lost.
Ole Gunnar Solskkjaer has lost confidence in some players and wants to replace them. Here’s the list of players leaving this summer:
Antonio Valencia- 33
Juan Mata- 31
Ander Herrera- 29
James Wilson- 23
NOTE: This list will be updated for other clubs soon.
Conclusion: City have the greatest squad in the Premier League in recent memory and given that they will not lose any distinct player, they should rule the roost. Arsenal will see the greatest turnover in the number of players given the huge number departing. Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs will all look to find reinforcements in key positions. So who do you think will replace these players in your favourite club? Let us know in the comments.