Best possible XI of January free agents: Berbatov and Adebayor in attack
By Emma Sanders
Football Insider has put together the best possible XI of free agents who could be available in the January transfer window after competing in the Championship or the Premier League in the past.
Former Tottenham duo Dimitar Berbatov and Emmanuel Adebayor are handed a start in attack and both could be realistic targets for a number of struggling Premier League outfits.
Berbatov’s agent admitted he is keen on a return to the Premier League and given his impressive goal-scoring records at Tottenham and Manchester United he could be the star of this fantasy XI.
Former Chelsea and Liverpool forward Raul Meireles misses out but Carlton Cole gets the nod as part of a front three alongside the Spurs duo.
Cole is joined in the side by another West Ham star, Kevin Nolan, who was one of the club’s best central midfielders in the Premier League era.
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Nolan lines up as part of a strong midfield diamond which also includes Chelsea legend Frank Lampard in an attacking role.
The former Blues star has recently ended his career in New York and is keen to return to the Premier League for the final six months of the season.
Another man in blue, Leon Osman, joins Nolan and Lampard in midfield while Liverpool reject Jose Enrique earns a place at left-back.
Prior to his Anfield exit, Enrique had proven to be a solid full-back in his prime but he wasted away in his final years and fans were happy to see the back of him when his contract ran out this summer.
Chris Kirkland was another former Liverpool player but he was more fondly remembered for his time at Wigan and he earns a spot in goal.
There’s room for former Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott and he is joined by Nikolay Bodurov who only made the team due to a lack of defensive options.
Completing the XI is former West Ham full-back Joey O’Brien who made 91 Premier League appearances for the club during a five-year career.
In other Tottenham news, fans reacted on Twitter after Berbatov revealed plans to return to the Premier League.