With the curtain about to close on the 2014/15 campaign, the rumour mill is already churning as each team looks to improve and reach their targets next season. A few clubs will be looking to overhaul their roster and spend big, whilst several will have a relatively quiet summer and make 1 or 2 changes to their squad.
In addition to bringing in exciting new talent, this will also mean showing the door to many players that are no longer needed. Their performances may not be to the required standard, they may have fallen out of favour with the boss and slipped in the pecking order, their wages may be costing the club a fortune, their attitude could be causing problems or they may be making way so that the money from the sale can be used to improve the squad.
From the top to the bottom, each team will have business to conduct this summer and some will waste no time at all getting to work. League champions Chelsea will be aware that the teams immediately below them will strengthen this summer, and therefore they must too if they are to defend their title. The clubs in the middle of the table will hope to press on and possibly qualify for Europe next year, as well as improve their points tally and perhaps win a trophy. Those that have avoided the drop this summer will have little time to celebrate, as it has been another fierce relegation scrap and a number of clubs have very narrowly avoided relegation. With one game to play at the time of writing, there is still one spot in the drop zone which will be occupied by either Hull, Newcastle or Sunderland. This list will also include the teams that will not be playing Premier League football next season, and we will take a look at who should depart so that they can return to the top flight the following campaign.
Sunday the 24th marks the final day of the campaign, and clubs will then embark on what could be a crucial summer of business to improve for next season.
Here are the 20 players that each Premier League club should dump this summer.
20 Arsenal – Mikel Arteta
19 Aston Villa – Kieran Richardson
18 Burnley – Ben Mee
17 Chelsea – John Obi Mikel
16 Crystal Palace – Fraizer Campbell
15 Everton – Kevin Mirallas
14 Hull City – Abel Hernandez
13 Leicester City – Zak Whitbread
12 Liverpool – Mario Balotelli
11 Manchester City – Stevan Jovetic
10 Manchester United – Robin Van Persie
9 Newcastle United – Mike Williamson
8 Queens Park Rangers – Adel Taarabt
7 Southampton – Morgan Schneiderlin
6 Stoke City – Asmir Begovic
5 Sunderland – Liam Bridcutt
4 Swansea City – Nathan Dyer
3 Tottenham Hotspur – Emmanuel Adebayor
2 West Bromwich Albion – Jonas Olsson
1 West Ham United – Carlton Cole
West Ham had a stunning first half of the season and played some exciting football, but they appear to have lost steam and fans will be disappointed with how they have finished the campaign. Regardless of what happens with Big Sam, they must improve their squad so that they can play at a high level from start to finish. He may have been with the club for many years, but with his contract expiring it is time for Carlton Cole to move on if the club are to improve. The 31-year-old nearly left in January, but the deal was pulled off the table due to an injury crisis with West Ham’s strikers. He is now behind Sakho, Valencia and Carroll in the pecking order. Fans may be sad to see him go, but he will be able to find more playing time at another club and West Ham can embark on a new chapter.
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