Best of the Rest: 6 Relegated Players Who Could Be Set for a Premier League Return This Summer

One of the summer's more predictable transfers took place recently when Xherdan Shaqiri completed his switch from Stoke City to Liverpool.


Though the destination of Shaqiri's move was not a complete certainty, it was always highly unlikely that the winger would be playing at the Bet365 Stadium next season. Shaqiri is simply not a Championship player; he is far too big of a name, capable of playing devastating football against almost any side when he hits top form.


With Shaqiri now safely back in the Premier League, who else could be following him in jumping ship now that their sides have been relegated? Let's take a look at the best potential signings from the Premier League's newly relegated sides.

1. Badou Ndiaye - Stoke City

Badou only joined Stoke in January following a £14m switch from Galatasaray, and the midfielder surely didn't expect to see himself playing in the Championship when he agreed to join the club. 


Having joined Stoke late on in the season and featured for Senegal at the World Cup, Ndiaye's reputation is still intact and he is known to have attracted interest from the likes of Newcastle and Crystal Palace in the past. Both clubs could certainly do with a commanding presence like him in midfield.


Ideal signing for: Crystal Palace & Newcastle United

2. Tom Carroll - Swansea City

Carroll never quite had what it takes to make it at Tottenham, his first club, but has made great strides as a player since moving permanently to Wales in 2017, and has shown Swansea supporters why he drew comparisons to Luka Modric in his early days as a player with his passing and vision.


Aspects of Carroll's game could still do with improvement and the midfielder could certainly stand to become a slightly more imposing presence on the pitch, but this is certainly a player with the required tools to complete at a Premier League level. If anyone takes a gamble on Tom Carroll this summer, they might unearth a diamond in the rough.


Ideal signing for: Bournemouth, Watford & Southampton

3. Nacer Chadli - West Brom

Despite being a frustrating and enigmatic player at times, Chadli's footballing ability has never been in doubt, and the versatile midfielder managed to earn a call-up to Roberto Martinez's Belgium squad for the World Cup despite making just five appearances last season due to injury.


Capable of playing all across the midfield as well as up front, Chadli has a knack for popping up and scoring goals, which has served him well throughout his career. Though seldom a player to grab the headlines, he is more than capable of serving as an effective squad player for a Premier League side next season.


Ideal signing for: Newcastle, Burnley & Cardiff

4. Jack Butland - Stoke City

Sorry Stoke fans, but it's highly unlikely you'll be seeing Jack Butland play for your club again. 


The goalkeeper is comfortably Premier League standard and is capable of playing for a club in the top half of the table without any problems. Besides, he'll need to leave for a better side if he wants to challenge Jordan Pickford for his spot as England's number one.


Ideal signing for: Liverpool & Arsenal

5. Jordan Ayew - Swansea City

Ayew and his older brother Andre both remain Swansea City players following the club's relegation from the Premier League, and either one could prove to be an attractive prospect for a Premier League side this summer. 


Jordan Ayew scored 11 goals in all competitions last season in a Swansea side devoid of any real creative talent and, at 26, could still improve. Definitely worth taking a punt on by any side with the funds to do so.


Ideal signing for: Newcastle, Fulham & Huddersfield

6. Ahmed Hegazi - West Brom

The fact that West Brom had the likes of Jonny Evans and Ahmed Hegazi in their defence last season really makes you wonder how the Baggies got themselves into such a mess to begin with. 


Despite the woeful performances of West Brom under Tony Pulis and then Alan Pardew, Hegazi impressed and the 27-year-old went on to catch the eye of many pundits and supporters with his displays for Egypt at the World Cup. West Brom will be desperate to keep Hegazi but the centre-back is simply too good to be playing in English football's second tier.


Ideal signing for: Crystal Palace, West Ham & Watford