Monday, May 23, 2011

Picking over the relegated carcasses

By their very nature relegated teams are not overloaded with talent worthy of the Premier League. That is not to say that West Ham United, Blackpool and Birmingham City do not have players who will attract interest from top flight clubs. Some players are already the subject of approaches.

West Ham have a core of English players who, whilst generally have been disappointing this season, will be attractive due to their Premier League experience and native nationality. Scott Parker would be a decent addition to any Premier League squad, but Carlton Cole, Robert Green, Mark Noble and the out-of-contract Matthew Upson would do a job for most mid-table outfits. Those following the Premier League odds wouldn't be surprised to see these players in the top flight again next season.

The Upton Park hierarchy will want to retain the younger brigade to rebuild around, but Jack Collison, back to action after an injury nightmare, Freddie Sears, James Tomkins, Zavon Hines and Jordan Spence will surely have their head turns by top flight interest.

Charlie Adam is already packing his bags for a big move, but there are bargains to be had elsewhere in the Blackpool squad. DJ Campbell was the second highest Premier League scorer and can expect a bid, whilst journeymen such as Keith Southern, Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste have proved themselves in the top flight relatively late in their careers.

Birmingham were the division's lowest scorers, so their strikers and creative players will not be under consideration and in fact the biggest target on their books might be an injured player. Scott Dann has been missing since January, breaking up his central defensive partnership with Roger Johnson, a big factor in the Blues' slide. Both men, along with the consistent Ben Foster and Craig Gardner will be on plenty of radars.

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