James Maddison, Tyler Adams and the relegated stars Premier League clubs should be queuing up to sign in the summer transfer window

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They may have struggled this season, but Southampton, Leicester and Leeds have plenty of talented players to sell this summer

The Premier League relegation battle is done and dusted, then, and boy did it get nervy. Southampton went early, and Leeds' fate was sealed early enough on the final day too, as they were battered by Tottenham.

For Leicester, though, there was hope and there was despair. There was light at the end of the tunnel, and then darkness when the final whistle came. Everton's win over Bournemouth condemned the Foxes, who become only the second Premier League winning club, after Blackburn in 1999, to drop into the Championship.

For all three relegated clubs, the consequences of falling into the second tier are huge. Managers will lose their jobs, fan will ask questions, there will be staff cuts and, in the case of Leicester in particular, serious financial issues will loom large.

Players, too, face uncertain futures. Relegation may be an occupational hazard for professionals, but it is still a stain on the CV, one which can and will impact their career thereafter.

There are, though, some extremely talented footballers who could now find themselves available this summer. And if any of these players are on the market, expect there to be plenty of clubs queuing up to sign them...

  1. James Maddison

    James Maddison

    There is a case to say that Leicester possess the best collection of players ever relegated from the Premier League. Maddison, undoubtedly, is the jewel in their crown, and it is inconceivable that the England midfielder could be playing in the Championship next season.

    With 10 goals and nine assists this season, the 26-year-old will surely have his eye on a summer move, even if the Foxes beat the drop.

    Would suit: Anyone looking for more attacking output from midfield/the No.10 position. Tottenham could do a lot worse, and Newcastle are long-time admirers. Arsenal have been in the past, but do they really need him now?

  2. James Ward-Prowse
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    James Ward-Prowse

    Another England international who has carried the creative and goalscoring burden for his side, Ward-Prowse probably should have moved on a couple of years back, but at 28 the time has surely come for a change of scenery.

    His set-piece prowess alone would garner interest, but he is also a solid all-round performer, a consistent presence, a good passer and a terrific professional. After over 400 games, he will leave St Mary's a hero, despite relegation.

    Would suit: A team in need of consistent performers and solid characters. Tottenham perhaps, or West Ham when Declan Rice leaves?

  3. Willy Gnonto

    Willy Gnonto

    Quite how the Italy international has found himself in and out of a Leeds side that has spent most of the season in the mire is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure; Gnonto won't be at Elland Road next season.

    At 19, this is a seriously-gifted young wide player, one capable of playing at the very highest level. He might not have consistency in his game yet, but it only needs a bit of careful coaching to bring that out, surely? Gnonto would improve just about every squad in the Premier League, and plenty of starting XIs.

    Would suit: Assuming he were to stay in England, then Newcastle, Brighton and Aston Villa would be strong options. Plenty of Serie A clubs would love him, too.

  4. Romeo Lavia

    Romeo Lavia

    Lavia's first full season in professional football may have ended in disappointment, but there is no doubt that the 19-year-old has furthered his reputation in a big way since his move to Southampton from Manchester City last summer.

    Sharp, technically excellent and smart tactically, the Belgian teenager is destined for bigger and better things, with a host of clubs already very enamoured.

    Would suit: Just about any top club looking to add quality. Liverpool and Chelsea could do far worse, and City have a buy-back clause which comes into operation next year.

  5. Harvey Barnes

    Harvey Barnes

    If you're the agent of a Leicester player at the moment, you can expect a busy summer. The likes of Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Patson Daka, Timothy Castagne, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Kelechi Iheanacho can all expect offers.

    So too can Barnes, who despite an up and down season has reached double figures in terms of Premier League goals, and who at 25 has the potential to add to his solitary England cap in the future.

    Would suit: A team looking for more squad depth and goals from its wide attackers. Manchester United might be a step too far, but he'd improve Newcastle, and clubs like Aston Villa and Brighton could do a lot worse.

  6. Tyler Adams

    Tyler Adams

    Would Leeds already be safe had the United States midfielder remained fit this season? We'll never know for sure, but there's a fair chance.

    Adams had been in impressive form during the first half of the campaign, starred for his country as captain at the World Cup in Qatar, and his ability to break up play in the middle of the park has been sorely missed at Elland Road.

    Look out for Adams' US colleague Brenden Aaronson, too. He has more to his game than he has shown this season.

    Would suit: A team in need of more bite. Tottenham could certainly use him, and he'd be a fine Rice replacement at West Ham.

  7. Carlos Alcaraz

    Carlos Alcaraz

    Southampton's recruitment in recent seasons has been disappointing, to say the least, but their scouts certainly identified a top talent in Alcaraz, who joined from Racing Club in January.

    The speedy, skilful Argentine has shown flashes of what he can bring since, scoring four times, including a winning goal against Leicester and a memorable first-minute strike at Arsenal. He, along with Lavia and, perhaps, defender Armel Bella-Kotchup, should be deemed good enough to avoid too much of the blame for the Saints' problems.

    Would suit: A team in need of a bit of extra speed and creativity. Everton would find a place for him. Nottingham Forest perhaps?

  8. Youri Tielemans

    Youri Tielemans

    The mystery of just how a team featuring such talents as Maddison, Barnes and Tielemans managed to go down will puzzle football theorists for years. But this is the Premier League, an unforgiving and brutal world.

    Tielemans, most definitely, played his final game for Leicester on Sunday. The Belgian is out of contract this summer and will not be renewing. And while the 26-year-old's stock had undoubtedly fallen over the past 12 months, his CV will ensure that he won't be short of clubs happy to take a punt on him during the window.

    Would suit: Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked previously, but is he still at that level? He feels a bit more Tottenham-y, and in truth he could find himself more at a Crystal Palace or a Wolves. A move abroad feels just as likely.

  9. Luis Sinisterra

    Luis Sinisterra

    We saw only flashes, but we saw enough to suggest that Sinisterra has the tools to succeed in the Premier League. The Colombian, 23, netted seven goals in 22 appearances in all competitions, and had he been fit for the duration then Leeds may well have beaten the drop.

    He's quick, he's got skill and he would surely get better quickly in a settled environment with a good coach. He showed that at Feyenoord, where he was a part of the team which reached the Europa Conference League final in 2021-22.

    Would suit: A big club wanting a squad option, or a mid-sized one looking for a big talent to mould. Give him to Fulham, Palace, Wolves or Bournemouth and he'd make them better immediately.