TO A 2-0 loss to Burnley on Monday night sealed Fulham’s fate. They will join Sheffield United and West Brom in the Championship next season. Despite relegation being decided unusually earlier this season (three clubs with three games remaining in the Premier League have never been dropped before), several players from those sides have impressed enough to gain the interest of others. clubs in the upper flight. With that in mind, here are a handful of players who have proven that they deserve a chance to stay in the Premier League.
While Sheffield United did not fall to the lowest point count in Premier League history, as seemed possible when they went 17 games without a win at the start of the campaign, their second season at the top tier did not go as planned. They would have had a better chance of getting over the fall if Ethan Ampadu had appeared more prominently. The 20-year-old has only started in 23 of his games so far, but was present in four of his five wins. He has a better WhoScored rating than any of his Sheffield United teammates and his parent club Chelsea will be eager for him to earn more playing time in the Premier League next season.
When Sheffield United signed Sander Berge from Genk 18 months ago for around £ 22 million, he came in with a great reputation. Although Sheffield United had a disappointing season, the Norwegian still has fans. A host of Premier League clubs are keeping an eye on Berge, who, at 6ft 5in, is a commanding presence in the middle of the park. A hamstring injury scarred the 23-year-old for three months, limiting him to just 13 starts in the league. Expect to see him start more Premier League matches soon.
Matheus Pereira, the star of West Brom’s successful promotion season, faced the rigors of Premier League football with ease, scoring 10 goals and setting up five more. The Brazilian has created 10 clear scoring opportunities, the 12th best joint return in the league this season, and his key 56 pass count also ranks 12th. West Brom will be reluctant to allow Pereira to leave the Hawthorns this summer, but the 25-year-old has tasted the top flight and would be a steal for a Premier League club looking to add another creative outlet.
West Brom has conceded the most shots per game in the league this season (15.3), so it makes sense that Sam Johnstone was the busiest goalkeeper in the division. The 28-year-old has made more saves (148) than any other goalkeeper and has dealt with the threat quite well, returning a 69.1% save success rate. A Premier League team looking for a new number one could do a lot worse than attacking West Brom for Johnstone.
Another member of Chelsea’s loan army, Conor Gallagher, performed admirably for Swansea in the second half of last season and will have enjoyed his Premier League experience with West Brom this time. The club’s relegation is unlikely to deter potential suitors from approaching Chelsea over a possible move by Gallagher. The 21-year-old midfielder has made 73 tackles this season, the 13th-best return of any player in the division. Newcastle, Crystal Palace and West Ham were reported to be interested in him before he moved to West Brom, so expect a Premier League club to make a move this summer.
Fulham’s acquisition of World Cup winner Alphonse Areola on loan from PSG was one of the most eye-catching signings of the summer. They have the option to buy the 28-year-old, but his decline may spoil that move. Keylor Navas signed a new contract with PSG last month, suggesting that the French team will persist with the Costa Rican as their number one. After playing regularly in the Premier League, Areola is unlikely to agree to return to PSG to play second fiddle. Having obtained a save success rate of 72.5%, which is better than Ederson (71.4%), Alisson (70.5%) and Hugo Lloris (71.7%), the France international will attract several clubs.
Joachim Andersen has also been on loan to Fulham from a Ligue 1 side. His career stalled after his move from Sampdoria to Lyon in 2019, but regular playing time in the Premier League will have served him well. Tottenham, who was linked to the Denmark international before his move to Lyon, have been keeping an eye on the central defender, and Arsenal is believed to be monitoring the defender as well. With Premier League experience under his belt, Andersen is likely to attract a lot of offers this summer.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa was one of many high-profile transfers Fulham made ahead of its doomed 2018-19 season. Following his immediate relegation, the Cameroonian was expected to leave the club for good. However, he loaned himself out to Villarreal and rebuilt his reputation before returning to Fulham and surprisingly becoming a mainstay on Scott Parker’s side. The 25-year-old’s game is adept at catching the ball, containing the pressure and attacking from midfield. In fact, only Adama Traoré (140) has completed more dribbles than Anguissa (88) in the league this season.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism