15 best players ever to be relegated from the Premier League

With Jermain Defoe, Wilfried Zaha and Gylfi Sigurdsson all in danger of demotion this year, Greg Evans picks out other stars who weren't too good to go down

15. Gareth Southgate (Crystal Palace 1994/95)

A dependable centre-back who rarely put a foot wrong, Southgate was the young captain of a good Palace side

The current England manager's playing days are - unfairly - largely remembered for a certain penalty shoot-out in 1996. A dependable centre-back who rarely put a foot wrong, Southgate was the young captain of a good Palace side that would have survived were it not for the fact that four teams were required to be relegated that year in order to reduce the Premier League from 22 clubs to 20.

There can't be many happy memories for Southgate from this period, as this was also the season when Roy Keane attempted a stamp a hole in his chest. Ouch.

14. Jan Age Fjortoft (Swindon Town, 1993/94)

A true cult hero, the Norwegian striker was a skilful and dynamic player who bagged 13 goals for the Robins in his first season in England. Fjortoft's iconic aeroplane celebration was soon replicated in school playgrounds across the country, but he couldn't quite keep Swindon up. He then suffered the same fate four years later, this time with Barnsley.

13. Jostein Flo (Sheffield United, 1993/94)

Flo was a thorn in the side of Brazil when Norway ran out 2-1 winners against the Selacao at the 1998 World Cup

1994 wasn't a good season for Norwegian strikers: joining Fjortoft in suffering relegation to the second tier was Flo, whose 10 goals weren’t enough to save the Blades.

Brighter days were thankfully ahead, though, as the 6ft 4in frontman went on to score a staggering 110 goals in 161 league games for the brilliantly named Strømsgodset, as well as being a thorn in the side of Brazil when Norway ran out 2-1 winners against the Selacao at the 1998 World Cup.

Jostein Flo

Flo powers a header at goal against West Ham

12. Charlie Adam (Blackpool, 2010/11)

Adam was even mentioned as a possible contender for the PFA Player of the Year award after being directly involved in 22 goals

Given their current predicament, it's easy to forget that Blackpool were an entertaining Premier League side just a few years ago. Adam was their talisman, with the Scot having spearheaded the Tangerines' rise to the top flight with a magnificent array of long-range strikes.

Adam took his game to another level in the Premier League and was even mentioned as a possible contender for the PFA Player of the Year award after being directly involved in 22 goals across all competitions. Sadly, Blackpool went down on the final day.

11. Gilles De Bilde (Sheffield Wednesday, 1999/2000)

Acquiring De Bilde from PSV was seen as a major coup for Wednesday in 1999, but the Belgium international was unfortunately one of few positives at Hillsborough that season. The Owls looked doomed as early as September, when they were thrashed 8-0 by Newcastle, although 10-goal De Bilde did his best to try and keep their heads above water.

Gilles De Bilde

De Bilde was a cut above most of his Wednesday team-mates

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