The three teams relegated from this season’s Premier League have been decided, with one round of fixtures still to come.
But if you put together the best of the three relegated teams, what kind of team would you be able to field? Would they have been strong enough to survive?
GK: Julio Cesar (QPR)
It was a big enough surprise that QPR managed to sign him in the first place, but after a season when he was one of the very few to perform for the rock bottom Hoops, it will be a minor miracle if he is still around come the close of the transfer window.
RB: Jose Bosingwa (QPR)
Temperament aside, remember this was a right back who the year before won the Champions League with Chelsea. Will almost certainly be offloaded in the summer given his wages and misdemeanours, and is just about young enough to be an attractive option for those willing to look beyond the current season.
CB: Christopher Samba (QPR)
Nobody would be more disappointed than Samba himself that his January arrival failed to shore up QPR’s leaky defence. He moved for big money, and with a solid reputation, only to suffer relegation for the second time in English football. Arguably still the best central defender moving down to the Championship.
CB: Alex Pearce (Reading)
With his contract expiring in the summer, and having been in and out of the team at times this season, Pearce may be a particularly attractive option to consider from the relegated trio.
Voted Reading’s Player of the Year when they went up, the English-born Irishman may find himself much in demand, with Liverpool rumored to be among those taking an interest.
LB: Maynor Figueroa (Wigan)
A player that has already been linked with leaving Wigan in the past, top level clubs will surely be sniffing around more fervently given the Latic’s relegation. Deadly from the halfway line.
RM: Callum McManaman (Wigan)
Has excelled since the furore of his horror tackle on Newcastle United’s Massimo Haidara. Wonderful recent performances, including a man of the match performance in the FA Cup Final, will make him much sought after.
CM: James McCarthy (Wigan)
Another young player who has flourished under Roberto Martinez, James McCarthy looks like a quality midfielder already, and may be on the radar of the likes of strong footballing sides Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.
CM: Adel Taarabt (QPR)
Taarabt was outstanding in QPR’s promotion season, winning Championship Player of the Year this time last year.
For a time he was being linked with the biggest teams in the world, for huge fees.
But a mediocre season in the top flight, where he mostly failed to deliver consistently, has posed the question again as to whether the Moroccan has the attitude necessary to make the most of his undoubted ability.
LM: Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)
Despite Reading’s woeful season, Hal Robson-Kanu has performed superbly, with an excellent seven goals in 23 Premier League performances ensuring his reputation as Premier League class.
CF: Loic Remy (QPR)
How Rangers’ fans must wish Remy had signed in the summer. Top scorer for them despite joining in January, a full season in London might have made the difference between staying up and going down.
CF: Arouna Kone (Wigan)
A close run thing between Kone and Reading’s Adam Le Fondre, both joint top scorers for the relegated clubs, with 11 goals in 32 appearances.
Kone has impressed more though, settling in quickly in what has often been a lone striker role for Wigan, and looks like he would be a good option for any club wanting a proven striker who adapts well to new surroundings.
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