Top five biggest names to miss out on 25-man Premier League squads

Posted by - September 2, 2010 - Lists, Premier League

The victims of the new rules

1. Jonathan Woodgate
The notoriously injury prone Spurs defender played just three times last season. He continues to struggle with a groin injury, with Harry Redknapp claiming forthcoming surgery could be a last throw of the dice in an attempt to save his career.

2. Michael Kightly
Despite playing non-league football with Grays as recently as 2007, the winger had become a key player at Wolves. He was plagued by a series of injuries last season, most seriously a knee injury was has now kept him out of action for 10 months. Mick McCarthy has left the door open for a return, but a loan move is on the cards before he plays for Wolves again.

3. Ben Alnwick
The one-time England hopeful’s future at Spurs looks increasingly bleak. The transfer deadline day arrival of Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa means the former Sunderland keeper is now fourth in the pecking order at White Hart Lane and doesn’t even get a place in the squad.

4. Mamady Sidibe
Sidibe would almost certainly have been named in Stoke’s 25-man squad if he hadn’t suffered a snapped Achilles tendon against Spurs a couple of weeks ago. With his striker ruled out for around six months, Tony Pulis has left Sidibe off the list and splashed the cash on some new players.

5. Luke Moore

Luke Moore has been left out of West Brom’s 25-man squad for this season, making him ineligible for first-team football.

West Brom striker Moore, who signed for £3.5m from Aston Villa in 2008, had been expected to move to Ipswich before the transfer window closed, so his omission is hardly a surprise. He will now look to leave the Hawthorns on a loan deal after failing to make the Baggies’ final 25.

  • Zab


    This is such a non-story and the only time you’ll ever see Ben Alnwick in a top 5 list.

  • AntiOnan

    Wow!! Incisive commet there Zab and especially as only the arrival pf Pletokosa pushed Alnwick out of his club’s 25 at the last minute.

    I don’t rate him either but hard to to not feel sorrow for the others.

  • SpurredoninDublin

    The easiest position in the England squad to get into is Goal, there are only a handful of English players in this position in the PL. It follows that if Alnwick is only rated third in the Spurs squad before the arrival of Pletkosa, then he is not that good in the first place.

    BTW, does anyone recall when Spurs had all three Norwegian GK’s. Spurs ranked them (1) Thorsvedt (2) Bardsen (3) Frodas. The norwegian team manager reversed this pecking order. Maybe there is hope for Alnwick yet based on this, but he has shown nothing to indicate that he can even challenge for a first team spot

  • BOF

    If three of those players are injured, how does that count as being ‘left out’? As Zab says, a non-story. Most people wouldn’t have heard of Moore and Alnwick anyway so they hardly count as “big names”.