Relegated players who should stay in the Premier League


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.

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Jermain Defoe scored 15 Premier League goals this season, taking his overall tally to 158. He is the 7th all-time goal scorer in the Premier League and is just 5 goals short of equalling the record of legendary Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler.

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.

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Ben Gibson made 227 clearances and 57 interceptions in the Premier League, numbers which rank him inside the top 40 for both statistics; not bad for a player in his debut season in the top-flight.

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.

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Is Andrew Robertson the answer to Liverpool’s problem at left-back?

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.



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