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Teams that fell to relegation always find it difficult retaining their best players after dropping into the English second tier.
It was Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City that got demoted in the recently concluded season, with all three having some top class players that could secure a move back to the Premier League this summer.
The three clubs will want to reduce their wage budget and increase their spending power to be able to move back to the top tier in the first attempt, which makes selling some of their players a necessity.
Here we bring you five players, that could emerge into the Premier League this summer:
Jordan Pickford – Sunderland
The Sunderland shotstopper was a standout in the most recent season, making save after save, and helping the Black Cats save face. Although he played in a team that got demoted, the 23-year-old has the capabilities to be a regular in the Premier League and he will be looking to secure a move to the English top tier this summer.
There will be no shortage of suitors seeking out the goalkeeper, as he has been linked with a number of clubs including the likes of Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and other top Premier League clubs. Being an homegrown player with lots of potential makes him an exciting transfer target for a lot of league clubs which will be a glaring fact to Sunderland and would also affect his price tag. They will want to hype the monetary value of the player with the hope that a bidding war breaks out in the summer. A return to the Premier League next season seem highly likely for the 23-year-old.
Ben Gibson – Middlesbrough
The Middlesbrough captain was the force that held together the team. His defensive skill made them better off from the rest of the bottom ten. However, their attack which was not up to par brought them down to the relegation zone.
He is a player of good discipline and can stand against the best strikers in the division. The English defender will be a transfer target for a lot of clubs and if Boro set his price right, a move to the Premier League is imminent.
Sam Clucas – Hull City
Clucas was a revelation in his debut season with Hull City and he will be hoping to remain in the Premier League. The midfielder was a consistent performer for his side and excellent work rate shot him to the limelight early in his career
A relegated team’s priority is to have the right players that can put their all into promoting the club back to the top tier and Clucas never fail to do just that. A club struggling at the bottom of the table will do right by signing him and he would be available at a reasonable price given that Hull will need all the cash they can get after their demotion.
Kamil Grosicki – Hull City
Hull have always been weak on the attacking front, even after the signing of Marco Silva, but Kamil Grosicki have been mprssive during the second half of the season. It was a surprise to see him have such huge impact seeing as he just arrived in a new country and at a club struggling for relevance in the league. However, he fought hard and added more strength to their attack, ending the season with three assists.
According to recent reports by Hull Daily Mail, he is valued at £7 million, which is not bad for a player of his experience. The report further suggested that Watford and Newcastle are the most likely destination for Grosicki and those are areas of the Premier League where he will excel well.
Adama Traore – Middlesbrough
During the two seasons spent in England, he has fallen into relegation twice and that is not a good record, but Traore has shown he can develop into the very best. Although it is a risk to take him on, but it is a risk some managers will be willing to take due to his incomparable dribbling skills.
His productivity needs improvement, but his ability to beat a man effortlessly can’t be overlooked and that may be enough for a Premier League manager to take a gamble on him this summer.