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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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5. Charlie Austin (QPR, 2014/15)

QPR were a shambles in 2014/15, winning just eight matches and conceding 73 goals. They did find the net 42 times, though, with Austin reponsible for 18 of them.

The former Swindon striker was a rare bright spot in a dismal year for the west Londoners, finishing the season as the division's fourth-highest goalscorer - one place above a certain Alexis Sanchez.

4. Scott Parker (West Ham, 2010/11)

England midfielder Parker was a man possessed for the Hammers, scoring seven goals and delivering many more inspiring team talks in a year where he rarely put a foot wrong. 

Despite his team finishing 20th, Parker's lung-busting displays earned him the FWA Footballer of the Year award – remarkable for a campaign that ended in such collective ignominy. 

3. Juninho (Middlesbrough, 1996/97)

It's hard to find anyone who doesn't have a soft spot for Juninho. The diminutive Brazil international helped Middlesbrough to both the League and FA Cup finals in his second season on Teesside, but the three points they were deducted for cancelling a game in December proved to be fatal.

A 1-1 draw with Leeds on the final day wasn't enough to keep them up and reduced Juninho to tears, securing his place in the hearts of Boro fans forever.

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2. Paolo Di Canio (West Ham, 2002/03)

Nowadays, 42 points would probably guarantee a comfortable mid-table finish. In 2003, it meant relegation for West Ham.

In a team chock-full of talent (think Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole), it was Di Canio who stood out as a true superstar. The enigmatic Italian had fallen out with manager Glenn Roeder earlier in the season, but rediscovered some form under caretaker Trevor Brooking towards the end of the campaign. Even then, nine goals in 18 matches weren't enough to save West Ham.

1. Roy Keane  (Nottingham Forest 1992/93)

Younger readers may only recognise as Keane as that terrifyingly grumpy assistant manager, but once upon a time he was one of the most promising youngsters in world football. His efforts in the inaugural Premier League season for Forest attracted attention from the division's top sides, but he was unable to drag Brian Clough's side out of danger despite earning a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

Keane joined Manchester United that summer – a move that worked out rather well for both player and club.

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