Hull, Burnley and QPR bid the Premier League goodbye for a year at least last weekend, with all three condemned to the Championship for the foreseeable future.
With the obvious financial ramifications that come as part of the demotion package, all three will be prone to having their star players pinched by the 17 sides who contributed to their ejection from the top flight.
Even though they turned out to be the worst teams in the division, the trio of relegated sides each boast three assets apiece who could benefit those Premier League clubs who left them behind.
Hull – Robert Snodgrass, Dame N’Doye & Michael Dawson
The long-term injury Snodgrass sustained is arguably the chief factor behind the Tigers’ dismissal, with his creative powers desperately missed.
He has managed just 40 minutes of Premier League football this term, after bagging 12 and assisting eight in two seasons at Norwich prior to his KC switch.
Dawson is a seasoned top-tier centre-back who would aid any side battling the drop and with Hull shipping just 51 goals– a tally only two sides to finish in the bottom half can best – he’s clearly still capable of marshalling a backline at the highest level despite his 31 years.
Hull’s healthy goals-conceded record could’ve enabled them to stay afloat had N’Doye been on board for the full season.
Five goals in 13 starts made him the club’s second-top scorer and he could certainly provide relief for the mainline strikers of those expected to be plunged into the survival skirmish for 2015/16.
Burnley – Kieran Trippier, George Boyd & Tom Heaton
Danny Ings is obviously going to be handed a Premier League reprieve, but these three are equally worthy of a second chance at the top.
No defender put in more crosses than four-assist Trippier, who whipped in almost 200 more balls than the next best cross-attempting defender Leighton Baines.
Boyd bagged a healthy five goals and set up two more from his right-wing berth and Heaton earned a call up to the England squad after keeping an astounding ten clean sheets for the team that finished second bottom of the league.
QPR – Yun Suk-Young, Matt Phillips & Rob Green
The likes of Steven Caulker and Leroy Fer are relegation magnets having gone down in successive campaigns, so must be avoided, while goal machine Charlie Austin, like Ings, is almost certain to remain in the top-tier, but there are others residing in the Super Hoops’ rank and file who are worth a purchase.
Any top team looking for a dependable reserve goalkeeper wouldn’t go far wrong giving Green the gig, with a strong average of 3.19 saves per match indicating he still knows how to keep the ball out of the net.
No Premier League player has created more goals in 2015 than Matt Phillips, who laid on eight following the turn of the year, in addition to scoring a respectable three goals.
Yun was arguably the only R’s defender to enhance his reputation this term; his energy and eagerness to get forward surely an enticing proposition for any team favouring attacking full-backs.