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The 15 best players ever to be relegated from the Premier League

Scott Parker West Ham 2010/11
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10. Craig Bellamy (Coventry, 2000/01)

After 34 years in the top flight, Coventry's luck finally ran out in 2001. The only solace they could take from their final season at the top table were the performances of Bellamy, who tried his best to keep the Midlanders in the Premier League. 

The Welshman later admitted that he didn't enjoy his time at the club, however, which was hardly surprising after a six-goal campaign. Then again, Bellamy was never prolific: after joining Coventry for this season, he only ever got to double figures in a league season three times (one of those in the second tier) – and never scored more than 13 (at Blackburn in 2005/06).

9. Georgi Kinkladze (Manchester City, 1995/96)

Before David Silva and Sergio Aguero pitched up in the north-west, Kinkladze was one of the most exciting players that Manchester City fans had ever witnessed. The wiggle-hipped Georgian wizard, who was capable of dribbling past virtually any opponent, scored some tremendous goals for the Citizens, although homesickness prevented him from realising his full potential at Maine Road.

8. Muzzy Izzet (Leicester, 2003/04)

If every retired Leicester legend made a claim to get in the Foxes' current side, Izzet would have one of the best chances. In 2003/04, the Turkey international got a Premier League-high 14 assists ahead of Ryan Giggs, despite the Foxes' miserable relegation to the second tier. Having stayed put upon their first relegation in 2002, Izzet finally left for Birmingham on a free transfer after eight successful years in the East Midlands.  

7. Mark Viduka (Leeds, 2003/04)

Much like West Ham the year before, Leeds suffered relegation despite possessing a squad brimming with talent. Future stars like James Milner and Aaron Lennon were still cutting their teeth at that stage, while club stalwarts Alan Smith, Ian Harte, Lee Bowyer and Lucas Radebe should really have been good enough to keep the Yorkshiremen up.

Of them all, though, Viduka was least deserving of the humiliation: the Australian brought his otherwise-impeccable Leeds career to an end with a respectable 11 league goals.

6. Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace, 2004/05)

Scoring 21 Premier League goals would be enough for the Golden Boot in some seasons, but Johnson was pipped to the award by Thierry Henry in 2004/05. The speedy striker was on fire for the Eagles upon their return to the top tier, scoring more than half of Iain Dowie's men's overall tally - even if 11 were penalties.

His exploits in front of goal earned him an England call-up, but Palace were victims of West Brom's great escape on the final day.

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