West Brom, Fulham and Sheffield United have all had their relegations from the Premier League confirmed. With the Championship beckoning for all three of them next season, they will already be planning on what they would like to do in the transfer market in the summer. Keeping hold of their key players will be vital, but which players from those relegated sides have impressed enough to secure a transfer and remain in the division next season?
Despite being injured for large parts of the season, when he has played, it is clear that Berge is far too good for the Championship.
A physical presence in the centre of midfield, the 23-year-old will frequently bully his way into the final third, before finding his teammates with a pass. Being six foot three, it’s unsurprising to hear that he will dominate in the air, which comes in handy both offensively and defensively.
The fact he has only recorded two goals and two assists in 29 games for the Blades may alarm some potential suitors, but Sheffield United’s poor form in front of goal over the last couple of seasons could explain that.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Norwegian, with Mikel Arteta clearly keen to bolster his midfield.
With the likely departure of Gini Wijnaldum, Liverpool could also be keen on Berge, especially when you consider that they have signed a player from a relegated club in three of the last five summer transfer windows, bringing in the likes of Andrew Robertson, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Wijnaldum.
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Formerly of Manchester United, Johnstone has continued to impress for West Brom since their promotion from the Championship.
Yes, they have conceded 68 goals in 35 games, but having made the most saves per game this season, it’s clear that the defence in front of him hasn’t particularly helped.
Still only 28, Johnstone’s performance against Manchester City in December was one of the best goalkeeping displays in recent years, and helped the Baggies secure a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Games against Chelsea and Manchester United have also highlighted Johnstone’s incredible shot-stopping ability, with many calling for him to at least be called up to the England squad for Euro 2020.
United have been rumoured to be looking to bring back the West Brom ‘keeper to Old Trafford as a back-up to Dean Henderson if David De Gea leaves but, with the way Henderson played in their 4-2 defeat to Liverpool, that no.1 shirt might be up for grabs if Johnstone wants it.
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With Fulham eventually succumbing to relegation against Burnley on Monday, Anguissa has perhaps slightly gone under the radar this season – there is undoubted ability there and, whilst it’s been shown in glimmers, there is still so much more to come from him.
Having failed to make an impact two years ago when Fulham were in the Premier League, but impressing when on loan at Villarreal, perhaps West London just isn’t right for him.
Anguissa adds so much energy to midfield and, if he were to play in a side that likes to press, he would be in his element. Defensively, he will never shy away from a tackle and, offensively, Anguissa is good on the ball and possesses the ability to retain possession using his standout dribbling ability and physicality.
Again, Liverpool and Arsenal have to look at Anguissa if they want to strengthen their midfield, and perhaps Manchester United may be interested in the Fulham man, if they are interested in a top defensive midfielder.