Stoke, West Brom, Swansea: The five relegated players who could be offered a top flight lifeline

Relegated trio Stoke, Swansea, and West Brom actually have some decent players - here are five that could be offered a Premier League lifeline this summer


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Relegation enormously influences various football clubs up and down the country every year. Cuts are made, jobs are lost, squads are broken up. 

But there does tend to be some players that escape the harsh reality of relegation, being offered a parachute back into the Premier League. 

Just ask Leroy Fer. He’s been relegated with three different clubs, and by hook or by crook, keeps clawing his way back up. 

So which relegated players will be offered a route back to the big time this summer? And where could they do well? RealSport takes a look.

  1. 1 Joe Allen

    The 28-year-old midfielder is certainly one of Stoke's best players and would be a key figure for them in the Championship if they could persuade him to stay

    Technically gifted, and with an eye for a pass, Allen has also showcased another side to his game with Stoke and Wales. 

    Whilst slight in figure, standing at just five foot six, the Welshman is never afraid of getting stuck in and working tirelessly for his team. 

    Whilst more of a deep-lying playmaker, Allen has shown that he has the ability to get into the box and score goals, going on a remarkable run of four goals in three games back in 2016.

    This blend of technical ability and dogged determination would fit in at many Premier League clubs next season. 

    Stoke are so desperate to keep him, as they look to bounce back at the first time of asking under Gary Rowett, that The Telegraph report that they will offer him a new contract to take away the relegation wage drop that is in his current contract. 

    If Allen does sign the new deal, it would be a blow to various Premier League clubs that would suit him well. 

    WOULD SUIT: West Ham, Everton, Bournemouth

  2. 2 Xherdan Shaqiri


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    Xherdan Shaqiri is not to everybody's taste. He can sometimes be an odd sight as a burly man of only five foot six, but the Switzerland star can be such a dangerous player. 

    Finally, staying clear of injury, Shaqiri registered eight goals and seven assists in a pretty poor side - numbers not to be sniffed at. 

    Shaqiri is brilliant on the ball and has an absolute rocket of a left foot. Some feel his sometimes sulky attitude can let him down. In a good side, however, the 26-year-old could be a very useful attacking asset. 

    It's been revealed that he wants to stay in England, and with a relegation release clause of just £12 million, surely someone will take the chance, with Southampton and Tottenham reportedly interested.

     WOULD SUIT: Southampton, Crystal Palace, Leicester

  3. 3 Jake Livermore


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    On a personal level, Jake Livermore has had a positive couple of years. He played a big part in Hull's promotion back to the Premier League in 2016, earned a big money move to West Brom in January 2017, and wrestled his way back into the England setup. 

    He's currently on Gareth Southgate's standby list for the World Cup, having added six caps to the one he earned in 2012 under Roy Hodgson. 

    He is a combative midfielder that enjoys getting stuck in, having made 72 successful tackles this season, more than the likes of Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho.

    Under Darren Moore, Livermore was able to show another side of his game, scoring twice and delivering an assist in the final six games of the season. 

    His all-action performances in the middle of the field could benefit a number of clubs looking for warriors to help them avoid the drop next season.

    WOULD SUIT: Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Brighton

  4. 4 Jay Rodriguez


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    Despite being a terrible season for West Brom, Jay Rodriguez recaptured the sort of form not seen since his horrific anterior cruciate ligament injury back in the spring of 2014. 

    Scoring a brace at Anfield and the winner at Old Trafford, he proved that he is certainly good enough for this level. 

    A skilful player that can play anywhere across the frontline, Rodriguez could add extra attacking threat to many top-flight teams. It is worth not forgetting that he managed 15 Premier League goals under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton four years ago, and last season was the closest he has looked to being that player again post-injury.

    Whilst hopes of adding to his solitary England cap may be a bit of a stretch, a return to the Premier League is not. 

    WOULD SUIT: Burnley, Bournemouth, Newcastle

  5. 5 Alfie Mawson


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    A brief glance through Swansea's squad tells you something. It's really not very good. 

    Once the pace setters in English (and Welsh) football when it came to recruitment, the Swans have gone completely off the boil. 

    A mish-mash of a squad, there are really very few shining lights.

    But Alfie Mawson is one of them. 

    Playing every single game for Swansea this season, Mawson's warrior-like performances at the back merited a first England call-up back in March. He didn't get onto the field, but the experience will have given the stocky centre back a taste of what he hopes is to come. 

    But for that to happen, he must be playing Premier League football next season. 

    The same thing happened to Ben Gibson the year before. Heralded for his stellar performances in a similarly poor team, Gibson was called up to the senior England squad. 

    But after sticking with boyhood club Middlesbrough in the Championship, Gibson hasn't been on Gareth Southgate's radar since. 

    Having won 61% of his aerial duels this season, Mawson is a commanding figure that is also comfortable with the ball at his feet, and surely a move back to the top flight will beckon this summer. 

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Etienne Fermie

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Étienne Fermie is a writer for RealSport, specialising in football and tennis.

Having featured in the Guardian and on LoveSport Radio, Étienne also co-founded the 3pm Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @etiennefermie 

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