Premier League: Which Relegated Players Will Be Back in Top Flight Next Season?
The battle to avoid relegation from the English Premier League has come to a conclusion one week early: Wigan Athletic will join Queens Park Rangers and Reading in next season's Championship campaign.
Immediately, fans of the 17 clubs who survived this season begin to peruse the squad lists of the fallen, picking out potential bargain buys for the summer.
Here, we preview some relegated players who look likely to move clubs and re-enter the top domestic division.
You'll notice there are no Reading players. Before you raise a quizzical eyebrow, ask yourself: Would you take any of them at your club?
James McCarthy is a fantastic little player who could slot seamlessly into a big English Premier League club.
The Daily Mail clocked Arsenal's interest in the Irishman in January, and expect those links to increase 10-fold now Wigan Athletic have been relegated.
He's a brilliant passer, has superb defensive instincts and, best of all, appears ridiculously versatile: He's played at DM, MC, CB and RWB this season alone.
Arouna Kone was an inspired signing by Roberto Martinez.
The little-known Ivorian arrived at Wigan Athletic in a low-key transfer from Sevilla last summer and has developed into one of the most complete forwards in the English Premier League.
He can do it all: run the channels, hold the ball up, play wide and be a nuisance in the penalty area. He's scored 13 goals this season and proven his worth, so many current EPL clubs will be checking his price tag with interest.
Callum McManaman may not have been around long, but he's done enough in a short space of time to ensure the big clubs are counting their pennies.
It remains to be seen if McManaman is a one-trick pony—the next Marc Albrighton, if you will—as wingers are the hardest of all positions to gauge long-term.
But the signs are extremely promising for now, and his England Under-21 call-up was richly deserved.
Loic Remy is proven quality, scoring six goals for the basement English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers since joining in January.
A fight ensues, no doubt.
Julio Cesar could go a number of different ways, but one place he won't be next season is the Championship.
Brazil's No. 1 goalkeeper, playing in England's second tier of football? No chance.
Lucky for Cesar, there are tonnes of clubs who will be in the market for a shot-stopper.
Arsenal, among others, are sniffing around in an effort to provide Wojciech Szczesny some competition (via The Metro).
Two consecutive relegations, with Blackburn Rovers and then Queens Park Rangers, does not look good on Junior Hoilett's C.V.
That said, there's a lot of talent in there somewhere. All he needs is confidence and consistency, and whichever club takes a gamble and gives him that could be handsomely rewarded.
The Mirror believe QPR will want to offload the winger, who hogs around £50,000 per week on the wage bill, and rebuild without him.
He gets less of the praise playing alongside James McCarthy in midfield, but the Scot remains a very solid Premier League standard player.
A very promising first season in the EPL was cut short by a cruel injury. Up to that point, it felt like Roberto Martinez had nailed it with this deal.
The Scot is a wizard with the ball at his feet—be it cutting in from the left or standing over a free kick—but has drawn some disdain from fans recently for diving.
A cracking left-wing-back, Beausejour would be right at the top of many clubs' transfer lists...if they also played with a three-man defensive system. He's only a fit in the right squad.