On Thursday night the first transfer window of 2019 slammed shut and it was significantly quieter than normal. 'Only' £180m was shelled out by Premier League clubs on new talent which is the first time that the overall figure has dropped since 2012 - a far cry from the massive £430m spent just twelve months ago. Chelsea's capture of Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic (£55m) counted for almost a third of the total outlay which alone tells you how much fees have dropped off.
January is known for being notoriously difficult to complete deals with clubs demanding mega fees for their stars, so some clubs opt to dip into the free agent market. Not having to deal with clubs makes these players very appealing with the financial burden significantly smaller & we've seen a couple of high profile deals get over the line in 2019.
Samir Nasri (West Ham) and Ashley Cole (Derby) both returned to English football last month after being unattached and despite the window slamming shut on Thursday evening, Premier League clubs are still permitted to add free agents to their ranks. There's a number of big names still without a club so some top flight managers may be tempted to dip their toes in the water after missing out on their January targets. We've assessed them and listed what we believe are 5 of the best free agents still up for grabs - think your club should take a punt on one of them? Tweet your thoughts to us @FootyAccums!