Five players set for an instant Premier League return
With the Premier League campaign over, clubs will now be looking towards the transfer market with the intentions of improving their sides ahead of next season. The division’s recently relegated clubs, Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham, could provide a fantastic pool of players to be snatched up by the top flight’s survivors.
Here we look at the top five names who could be looking for a return to the Premier League this summer.
Leroy Fer – Norwich
Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer joined Norwich last summer, surely not expecting the club to be relegated. His first few months in England were a success, catching plaudits from pundits and making a difference in big games. As the season progressed, he became quieter and hasn’t caught the attention he did in the early months. However, the talented playmaker has still proven that he is worth investing in. He is an exciting player that is to feature in the World Cup for the Netherlands national team. Fer’s style of play means that he creates chances at will, he also has flair and can excite fans when on the ball. This, therefore means that clubs from the Premiership will surely be interested, come the transfer window.
David Marshall – Cardiff
David Marshall was named in the Sky Sports Team of the year, and already has Arsenal and Spurs battling for his signature over the summer. The Scotsman has impressed hugely this season, making some crucial saves. His consistency is also a key factor for any potential buyers. Over the course of the season he has been extremely consistent and Cardiff have had their number 1 to thank on many occasions. At times his saves have been nothing short of extraordinary, and the ex-Norwich keeper will no doubt be tempted by a stay in the top tier.
Steve Sidwell – Fulham
Despite his age of 31, Sidwell has proved that he still has it. Sidwell has been one of the only sparks in a dim season for the cottagers. Sidwell is Fulham’s top scorer this season with 7 premiership goals – more than all of their strikers put together. He has been known for his goals from distance, and he can pick out a pass. He’s still fit and hasn’t showed any dips in form. I think a move to a promoted club wouldn’t be out of the question, but maybe his championship calling has come.
Robert Snodgrass – Norwich
Robert Snodgrass joined Norwich in 2012 from Leeds United. Similarly to Sidwell, he’s been the constant spark for Norwich over the season. Their top scorer with 6 goals, and he has created almost double the amount of chances as any other Norwich player, with 64. Not only this, but he created the 7thmost amount of chances in the Premiership this season. His quality of delivery has made him a target for clubs in the Premiership, with Sam Allardyce and West Ham reportedly chasing him. The 26 year old will surely not want to drop out of the Premiership now.
Steven Caulker – Cardiff
In the summer of 2013, Steven Caulker made the move from Spurs to South Wales in the hunt for first-team football. He got this- not missing one game this season. Following relegation, he is now being targeted by Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, amongst others. Caulker has impressed this season, and has been a rock at defence. The 6ft 3 centre back is extremely strong, and good in the air – he has also chipped in with 5 goals. Caulker looks certain to leave Cardiff, having gained attention due to first team football.