LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

7 Released Premier League Players That Championship Clubs Could Poach This Summer

It's every Football Manager fan's favourite time of year again. The Premier League released players list is out and clubs are free to snap up any steals they might find amongst the clutter of youth players and OAPs let go by their sides.

It's exciting, especially for those in the Championship, who know that Premier League experience in a player could be undeniably useful to them next season - and even beyond that.

One man's trash is another man's treasure, and there sure are some real gems amongst the 170 players let go.

Here's a list of seven released players that might have a part to play in the Championship next season:

7. Bakary Sako

Before spending three years at Crystal Palace, where Sako provided a useful backup striker at Selhurst Park, he was known for absolutely killing it in the second tier.

The now 30-year-old, finished the 2014/15 Championship season as joint top scorer in Wolves' return following promotion from League One, and was also named on the PFA Team of the Year.

He's still got a couple of years left in him yet... 

6. Joel Robles

At only 27, Joel Robles could prove to an absolute steal for any team in need of a goalkeeper this summer - and could probably manager a stay in the Premier League.

He's never really had the opportunity to prove himself at Everton, and with Jordan Pickford in front of the Spaniard in the pecking order, that was always going to be the case if he remained on Merseyside.

All it could take is for a club to have a little faith in him and they may find themselves with a bargain.

5. Tim Krul

The second keeper on our list is actually one who has previously proven his worth - back in the 2011/12 season. 

Overtaking Steve Harper as Newcastle first choice, the Dutch stopper kept his place on Tyneside for four seasons before heading out on loan to Ajax.

He's definitely got talent, and has represented the Netherlands on eight occasions - and everyone remembers his heroics when subbed on solely for the purpose of winning a penalty shootout against Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup.

4. Patrice Evra

This one is a little optimistic considering Evra's stature within the game across Europe.

Albeit 37, Evra doesn't look like he's ready to hang up his boots just yet following his release from West Ham.

Maybe at his age he wants to get as many minutes as he can? Where better to do that than in the Championship? His influence in the dressing room would be nothing short of incredible as well in any promotion push.

3. Robert Huth

An experienced Premier League winner, Robert Huth - up until this season - has been a key figure for the Foxes in much of their stay in the Premier League.

At 33, he's definitely seen better days, but an absolute rock at the back goes perfectly in the second tier, and you only have to look at John Terry for the effect that Huth could have.

Sure, the two aren't exactly the most equally talented players, but Huth certainly wouldn't hinder.

2. James Collins

Similar to Huth, James Collins boasts bags of experience at the top flight, and could be an instrumental part of any team in the Championship.

Physically, Collins isn't quite what he used to be, but ask any West Ham fan what they think of him and you'll understand his importance. He's 34, and doesn't have long left, but a leader behind the scenes could be huge.

1. Yohan Cabaye

This man would be like gold dust if a Championship side persuaded him to join.

The 32-year-old has done it all, and regardless of what age you are, you don't lose your technical ability (while still playing) - and Yohan Cabaye has plenty of it.

A set piece master, and an ability to read the game better than most, the Frenchman knows what his teammates are going to do before they do.

He can really pull the strings and dictate a game when in full flow, and Cabaye would be brilliant signing.