Premier League: 2016-17 – Top 5 players out of contract this year

A number of Premier League stars have just months remaining on their current contracts. Some might have already been told to seek out new moves such as Yaya Toure, whilst some others might be asked to leave to get them off the wage bill.
Here’s a look at five players whose contracts run out next summer.

Santi Cazorla

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Age: 31

Appearances so far this season: 9
The Arsenal midfield has been overly competitive in recent years, none more so than this season, considering Jack Wilshere has had to leave on loan. However, one constant has been Santi Cazorla. The game against Middlesbrough showed that when Mesut Ozil goes missing in a game, there can be a lack of creativity. Cazorla is currently injured, but no doubt that he’d have added something to a side that does occasionally struggle to break down oppositions who sit back and defend.

Should he stay? Yes

John Terry

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Age: 35

Appearances so far this season: 5
The annual “will he, won’t he” contract saga regarding John Terry will no doubt return again at some stage between now and May. Chelsea’s captain is now ageing, but a new contract would have been guaranteed when Chelsea were struggling earlier this season. However a change in formation in defence has yielded three clean sheets in a row and it’s one that might expose Terry’s lack of pace. He’s too big an influence in the dressing room to be allowed to leave.

Should he stay? Yes


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Age: 31

Appearances so far this season: 9
Pep Guardiola has singled out praise for Fernandinho already this season, wishing that he had “another two players like the midfielder.” The Brazilian midfielder is versatile, fast around the pitch and quick to press the opposition, all qualities that Guardiola values. It seems inevitable that he’ll get a new contract, which contrasts with many other City players over the age of 30 whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

Should he stay? Yes

Per Mertesacker

Age: 32

Appearances so far this season: 0
At times last season, Mertesacker looked desperately short of pace; with many believing that his best days are behind him. Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi have established themselves as first choice centre backs in an Arsenal side that has been impressive so far this season. With Mertesacker’s contract up at the end of the season, and his current injury status, Wenger might be tempted to part ways with the veteran at the end of the season.

Should he stay? No

Michael Carrick

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Age: 35

Appearances so far this season: 3
Carrick has been out of favour at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, but United’s recent struggles might see him recalled to the starting line-up. There’s been little control in the midfield, with Paul Pogba struggling to make an impact and Marouane Fellaini looking out of his depth. He might not have the legs that he used to, but he’s not a bad option to have with pace ahead of him. Whether Mourinho thinks the same thing is another question.

Should he stay? Yes

Words by @dominictrant