Premier League survival proved too much for the trio of Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City this season, with confirmation of all three clubs going down to the English Championship coming this weekend.
However, amidst the struggles of these three sides there has been the occasional standout player proving their worth at Premier League level, and here we look at three players who we think have done enough to earn a move to another top-flight team.
Jermaine Defoe – Sunderland
Any player that can manage 15 Premier League goals in a season where the team collectively scored 28 is worthy of staying away from the Championship.
Defoe, who turns 35 this October, is a seasoned veteran who would fit in well at several clubs. West Ham was his rumoured destination a few weeks ago but it appears that Eddie Howe and Bournemouth have won the race to sign the former England international.
Ben Gibson – Middlesbrough
24-year-old Englishman Ben Gibson has been linked with almost every Premier League club this season, impressing in his 37 appearances for The Boro.
Reports suggest the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool were willing to pay in the region of £25 million for Gibson, who earned a call-up with The Three Lions back in March.
Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew has apparently cooled those rumours and suggested that Gibson will stay with the club and lead their surge for promotion, but Gibson is nonetheless a player who could easily end up at a Premier League club next season.
Andrew Robertson – Hull City
Scottish full-back Andrew Robertson was a part of the Hull squad that earned promotion in the 2015/16 season and probably won’t have to do so again, as Liverpool are believed to have already secured his signing ahead of next season.
The 23-year-old made 32 league appearances, scoring one goal and assisting twice, and could be one of two Hull players to play at Anfield next season. Harry Maguire is also on Jurgen Klopp’s radar, but the German manager will face stiff competition from a range of potential suitors when the transfer window opens in July.