West Brom, Fulham and Sheffield United have all confirmed their relegation from the Premier League. With the championship coming up for all three next season, they are already planning what they want to do on the transfer market this summer. Keeping the key players will be important, but which players on these relegation teams have impressed enough to secure a transfer and stay in the division for the next season?
Although he was injured for much of the season, it is clear that Berge is way too good for the championship if he has played.
The 23-year-old, who is physically present in the center of midfield, often harasses himself into the last third before finding his teammates with a pass. It’s not surprising to hear that he will dominate in the air, which is useful both offensively and defensively.
The fact that he has only scored two goals and two assists in 29 games for the Blades may alarm some potential applicants, but Sheffield United’s poor form on goal over the past two seasons could explain this.
Arsenal were closely linked to the Norwegian and Mikel Arteta was clearly keen to strengthen his midfield.
With Gini Wijnaldum’s likely departure, Liverpool could also be keen on mountains, especially considering they have signed a relegation club player in three of their last five summer transfer windows, bringing in Andrew Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri and Wijnaldum.
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Johnstone, formerly part of Manchester United, has continued to impress West Brom since his promotion from the championship.
Yes, they conceded 68 goals in 35 games, but having scored the most saves per game this season, it’s clear the defense in front of him didn’t help much.
Johnstone’s performance against Manchester City in December was one of the best goalkeeping performances in recent years at just 28 years old, helping the Baggies to a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium.
The games against Chelsea and Manchester United also highlighted Johnstone’s incredible ability to stop shots. Many are demanding that he be appointed to the English squad at least for Euro 2020.
United are rumored to be trying to bring the West Brom goalkeeper back to Old Trafford to replace Dean Henderson in case David De Gea leaves. 1 shirt could be up for grabs if Johnstone wants to.
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Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
After Fulham succumbed to relegation against Burnley on Monday, Anguissa may have fallen slightly under the wheels this season – there is undoubtedly skill there and while this has been shown in glimmer there is so much more of him.
After showing no effect two years ago when Fulham was in the Premier League but was impressive when on loan at Villarreal, West London may just not be for him.
Anguissa brings so much energy to midfield and if he were to play on a team that likes to push he would be in his element. Defensively, he will never shy away from a duel, and offensively Anguissa is good on the ball and has the ability to keep possession of the ball with his outstanding dribbling ability and physicality.
Again, Liverpool and Arsenal need to watch Anguissa if they want to bolster their midfield and maybe Manchester United will be interested in the Fulham man if they are interested in a top defensive midfielder.