One problem that came from the Premier League Coronavirus break is that many player’s contracts, both loan and permanent, were set to run out on June 30th or July 1st, making them either free agents or forcing them to return to their parent club.
For these players, plus those in other leagues like Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga, it means that they never got to play a final game in front of their own fans. For some, who have extended their contract short-term, it even meant winning the title without being able to do it in front of the fans that have supported them for many years.
Millsy’s View has taken a look into these players and built a final XI, and it is a team that would win many a game, should they have ever been given a chance.
Matty Longstaff, for me, has been one of the best youngsters coming through into Premier League teams this season. Never mind your Martinellis or your Greenwoods, Longstaff looks like a tough midfielder who can hold his own against the Premier League’s best, much in the same way that his older brother Sean has started to do more regularly this season.
Speculation about his contract has been rife, with one report last week claiming Udinese were ready to offer him a £30,000-a-week deal, as he is earning just £850 a week on his current Newcastle deal. The boy is just 20 years old and has scored goals both home and away against Manchester United, the former being the winner, it shouldn’t take me to tell you what a prospect he is.
What can I say about David Silva that hasn’t been said? In 10 years since joining the Premier League, the man has won pretty much everything at both club and international level. The Champions League is probably the one thing he has yet to win, but at 34 years of age, he probably won’t have time to win that now.
He will most likely be on the lookout for a cushy role at a club closer to home, although could very well go into coaching. He has the cool head to be good for a team on the touchline, whilst having enough guile to outsmart many on the pitch, I think any coaching team would be lucky to have him on their side.
It’s kind of hard to believe that Mario Goetze is just 28. He has won 5 Bundesliga titles, scored the winning goal in the World Cup Final and, yet, is still being allowed to leave his club as a free agent. Where has it all gone wrong for him? Things just haven’t gone right for him on the pitch at Borussia Dortmund, as players like Jadon Sancho have overtaken him at rocket speed in the pecking order.
Perhaps a move to a new club could be exactly what Goetze needs to reinvent himself and explode back onto the pitch, as he did all those years ago in Brazil. I remember the first time I really heard about him, it was just after his goal to win the World Cup and a mate turned round to me and said something along the lines of “this guy is going to be huge”. Boy, how wrong could a man be?
To be honest, in the midfield category, there were many options to choose from and I just had to pick the best names that would fit into the team. There were those like Giacomo Bonaventura at A.C. Milan, John Lundstram at Sheffield United, who has since got an extension, or even the likes of Adam Lallana at Liverpool. At the end of the day, I’m happy with my picks and this is a midfield that could dominate many teams in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, it doesn’t matter.