It’s coming towards the final stretch of the season for all Football League clubs, a make-or-break part of the current campaign that can see clubs either strive towards or resigned to their fate.
That is especially true of the Sky Bet Championship where all sides have 12 games left in their respective seasons, 36 potential points being a lot to play for. Once runaway 12 point leaders Wolves have been pegged back to a six point lead by fellow promotion chasers Cardiff City, Aston Villa a further four points behind.
Looking slightly further down at the play-off pack, there is only a nine-point gap between Vila on 63 points and Bristol City, who are in 7th, on 54 points. Just below the play-off places is where it is important with teams all the way down to Norwich in 14th on 47 points within just three wins of where Sheffield United sit in 6th place on 55 points.
With all that in mind, here are five current free agents who could still do a job this season in the Championship, and beyond as well.
Yohan Mollo (released January 30 by Fulham)
Mollo signed on a free transfer from Russian side Zenit Saint-Petersburg. His release by the Cottagers means that he’s only spent five months at the London club. In that time he made six Championship appearances, providing one assist. He’s a winger who comes with a host of experience from six other clubs including Monaco and Granada. The bulk of appearances for the former six-cap Under-21 France international have come in France’s top-tier Ligue 1 competition – with 78 of his 172 Ligue 1 appearances coming for AS Saint-Éttiene (nine goals/15 assists).
Philipp Wollscheid (released January 6 by FC Metz)
Wollscheid was released onto the free agent market by Ligue 1 side Metz just over four months after joining them Premier League side Stoke City. The German central defender joined the Potters from Bayer Leverkusen for £3.4 million at the opening of the summer 2015 transfer window, having signed for Leverkusen from fellow German side FC Nuremburg for £6.3 million three years prior. The former two-cap German international has 115 games of 1.Bundesliga experience to his name (largely shared 52/51 between Nuremburg/Leverkusen) as 11 European appearances for Leverkusen (four Champions League/seven Europa League). He also has extensive experience in the Premier League, appearing 45 times for Stoke during his time there.
Check out the next page for the final three players who’d be able to an instant job in the Sky Bet Championship.