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The best players from Premier League relegation-threatened clubs who could earn top-flight summer moves

The race for survival is heating up with just eight Premier League games to go.

It seems like only a matter of time before Huddersfield and Fulham are relegated, and there are at least six other clubs battling to avoid the drop.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is being watched by the Premier League’s top clubs

Last season, Xherdan Shaqiri went down with Stoke City but earned a move to Liverpool. And now, the Switzerland international is loving life in the top flight at Anfield.

Lukasz Fabianski also suffered the heartache of relegation with Swansea City, but has proved to be a shrewd acquisition for West Ham United. looks at the best players from relegation-threatened clubs who could earn a top-flight summer move.

Huddersfield – 20th, 14 points:

Philip Billing
Philip Billing has been a regular starter for Huddersfield this season

With just three wins, two of those coming against Wolves, it’s been a miserable season for Huddersfield.

Jan Siewert has failed to improve results since David Wagner’s departure in January. But one shining light has been the performances of Billing.

The Denmark international has started 25 of their 30 games and with his contract up in 2020, Premier League clubs could make a move this summer.

Aaron Mooy

The 28-year-old will not be short of suitors at the end of the season. Partnering Billing for most of the campaign, Mooy has been a standout performer for Huddersfield.

He is a dead-ball specialist which could interest top-flight clubs.

Fulham – 19th, 17 points:

Ryan Sessegnon
Ryan Sessegnon has bags of potential

At about this time last year, Sessegnon was being tipped for a shock call-up to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad after scoring 16 goals in Fulham’s promotion-winning season.

But the return to the top-flight has not gone as planned and the Whites are 13 points from safety and set for a swift return to the Championship.

Despite Sessegnon’s struggles in his debut Premier League season, clubs will no doubt be monitoring his situation in the forthcoming months.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Scoring goals in a relegated team does not do your chances any harm of staying in the Premier League. Last summer, Salomon Rondon joined Newcastle on loan from West Brom, who suffered relegation in the 2017/18 campaign.

Mitrovic is likely to be in demand after his ten goals and two assists this season.

Cardiff – 18th, 28 points:

Neil Etheridge
Neil Etheridge has been Cardiff’s star man this season

The fact that Cardiff are just two points from safety proves how well they are doing. The Bluebirds were written off before the start of the season, but Neil Warnock has done a tremendous job.

One of their star performers has been goalkeeper Etheridge, who has played every minute of their Premier League campaign.

He has saved three penalties this term, including one in a shock 1-0 win at Leicester in December.

The Philippines international has certainly made a name for himself.

Burnley – 17th, 30 points:

James Tarkowski
Gareth Southgate is a huge admirer of James Tarkowski

Players don’t usually receive England call-ups while battling relegation with their club, but that is exactly what’s happened with Tarkowski.

The 25-year-old has been named in the England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro this month.

Liverpool’s shortage of centre-backs in January saw them linked with a move for Tarkowski, who has become a consistent performer in the Premier League.

Southampton – 16th, 30 points:

Danny Ings
Injuries have slightly hampered Danny Ings’ season

On loan from Liverpool, Ings has scored eight goals in 19 appearances for Southampton. That record is even more impressive when you consider how badly they have struggled this season.

His move to Southampton will be made permanent in July, but it remains to be seen whether Ings would want to play Championship football next season if the Saints go down.

James Ward-Prowse

After forcing his way into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, the 24-year-old has become a key player in Southampton’s relegation battle.

He has scored in three successive games to help keep the Saints out of the bottom three.

With his contract up in 2020, he could be a target for mid-table clubs.

Brighton – 15th, 33 points:

Lewis Dunk
Lewis Dunk is an ever-present in Brighton’s defence

He was unlucky not to be recalled to the recent England squad after making his international debut in November.

Brighton’s vice-captain has missed just two Premier League games this season and has formed a solid partnership with Shane Duffy.

Keeping hold of Dunk could be hard if Brighton are relegated.

Pascal Gross

The German playmaker scored seven goals and registered eight assists last term and has failed to replicate that form in the current campaign.

However, his creativity from midfield could interest top-flight clubs in Europe.

Crystal Palace – 14th, 33 points:

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha is continually linked with Europe’s elite clubs

This is an obvious one but relegation to the second tier would guarantee Zaha’s Selhurst Park exit.

He has contributed to almost a third of Palace’s 36 league goals this term, scoring eight and assisting two.

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international, who only signed a new Eagles deal last year.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back has been linked with big-money moves to Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

It is easy to see why he has been Palace’s breakout star over the past year. His tackling, pace and ability on the ball have put England’s top clubs on red alert.

Even if the Eagles survive this season, Wan-Bissaka could be on the move.

Newcastle – 13th, 34 points

Fabian Schar
Fabian Schar won the February goal of the month award

Schar has played a crucial role in Newcastle’s five successive home wins, helping the club climb away from danger.

In those games, Schar has scored twice, including a wonder strike against Burnley which won him the February goal of the month award.

Reports claim Arsenal and Tottenham are monitoring the Switzerland international, who only joined Newcastle in a bargain £3m deal last summer.

But the Magpies could make a substantial profit on their star defender this summer.


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