Steve Harper, Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Maynor Figueroa, Yannick Sagbo and Joe Dudgeon were all released by Hull City as the club prepares for life in the Championship.
Harper, who ended the season as Hull City's first choice keeper at the age of 40, was released. Between Harper, Rosenior, McShane and Figueroa the club released veteran players that were probably all on higher wages than feasible for a club that will be dealing with life in the second tier next season. Harper, in particular, showed that he is still a viable reserve and could catch on elsewhere in the league if he chooses to continue his career.
Abel Hernandez has been suspended for the first three matches of next season for a punch thrown at Phil Jones in Hull City's final match of the season.
Whether Hernandez is still with Hull City in the Championship next season remains to be seen but if he is, he will miss out on the club's first three matches. The incident was not seen by any of the match officials during the course of play so it was eligible to be ruled on after the fact. Rumors have the Uruguay international leaving the club over the summer as they look to trim their wage bill for life in the Championship.
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster will continue his recovery from a ruptured ACL by taking part in a charity cycle ride from London to Paris, a 500km route spread over 4-days.
Foster has been sidelined since mid-March after damaging knee ligaments during the home win over Stoke and the England stopper is hoping to make a return in October later this year. No stranger to the treatment room this is the third time Foster has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and biking provides the ideal non-weight bearing exercise during rehab. In his absence Boaz Myhill kept 3-clean sheets helping the Baggies to retain their BPL status while earning himself a 12-month contract extension. Youssouf Mulumbu, Chris Baird and Jason Davidson have all been released while Tony Pulis has begun negotiations with Gareth McAuley and Claudio Yacob.
Peter Crouch confirmed via social media that his planned surgery to cure a niggling groin issue has been a success with the striker expected to be ready for pre-season training in July.
Crouch delayed going under the knife due to a lack of attacking options and manager Mark Hughes confirmed the 34 year-old wasn’t able to play for more than 20 minutes during the last 2 months of the season. However the former Liverpool target man was able to score against his former club in GW38 – his third goal from bench during this period. Jon Walters is another player Stoke patched up for the run-in, the Republic of Ireland international has been struggling with an ongoing knee issue and will welcome the extended break. Peter Odemwingie is back to full fitness following a ruptured ACL while Bojan Krkic has missed most of this year due to a serious knee ligament injury.
Thibaut Courtois has kept 12 clean sheets in his first Premier League season.
Courtois was great in his first year at Chelsea, playing 32 matches and keeping 12 clean sheets in the process. He missed a few games through injury and due to Petr Cech pressuring him for playing time, but with Cech likely on his way out this summer, Courtois is looking at 38 matches next season. With Chelsea's defense bound to be in the top three again next season, Courtois will be a fantastic fantasy choice. He should be the first goalkeeper of the board.
Aston Villa only scored 31 goals this season, which was their lowest ever in a league season, according to SkySports and Opta.
Aston Villa missed their two main strikers - Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak, for big parts of the season and that surely has to do with their low goal total. Benteke caught fire towards the end and was fantastic, but rumor has it he could leave Villa this summer. Kozak, on the other hand, didn't play a single match this year and has suffered numerous set-backs while recovering from injury. If Benteke leaves, there will be little attacking fantasy value here next season, but Kozak could provide some value in very late rounds of fantasy drafts.
James Milner is a target for Liverpool this summer, as his veteran leadership would be a welcome replacement for the departing Steven Gerrard.
Milner represents as close to a Gerrard replacement as one could conjure. A central midfielder, England international veteran with set piece skills in his locker, an engine-like stamina and the ability to be influential in both attack and defense. Jordan Henderson took a massive step forward last season to show that he can accomplish all this criteria but it doesn't hurt to have competition and both could wind up regulars in the XI should Milner join the club.
Diego Costa became just the fourth Chelsea player to score 20 years in a Premier League campaign, according to Sky Sports and Opta.
Costa was fantastic for Chelsea this season, playing the striker role he knows so well. Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were both in the top five in chances created and Costa certainly benefit from that. There is very little reason to think Costa will slow down next season and he'll be a first round draft-pick in many fantasy formats. He is 26 years old, Chelsea are only getting better, and the Hazard/Fabregas duo isn't going anywhere. Draft him with upmost confidence.