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Ten released.

The club today announced that ten players are to be released this summer.

There was not too much surprise with the majority of those players released, perhaps only Sommeil, Musampa and Riera warranting new deals.

Mikkel Bischoff will go down in the annals as another 'could have been' who never fulfilled the potential promised when he signed, whilst de Vlieger, Haapala and the youngsters have not come close to the first team.

Sommeil has played well at times and made a few starts this season but in reality is only a reserve and we now have the likes of Richards, Onouha and Matt Mills who have moved ahead of him in the pecking order.

Musampa looked comfortable when he moved into the centre but by all accounts has not impressed Pearce on a couple of occasions with his attitude so this may have put Pearce off finally making his transfer permanent.

Riera is a surprise as he impressed me on a number of occasions and offered something different to other players on the books. I imagine though that the transfer fee to sign him was too steep in Pearce's opinion to provide value, but it is a concern as it does leave the midfield light and makes it imperative that two or three midfielders are now brought in - not even accounting for the possible departure of Joey Barton.