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Ranked! The 10 best Premier League players who could be available after relegation this summer

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All of these players are employed by a team in the bottom six – but if their clubs go down, they won’t be short of job offers reckons Dan Kilpatrick

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10. Nacer Chadli (West Brom)

Nacer Chadli

If Chadli wasn't quite good enough for high-flying Tottenham, he's way too good for the sinking Baggies. The 28-year-old has been injured since December, and while his absence has hardly been the defining factor in their decline, West Brom would surely have picked up an extra point or two with the technical winger in their side.

Chadli, who now faces a battle to be included in Belgium's World Cup squad, is unlikely to find another top-six Premier League club in the summer. However, he'd be a fine addition for a club such as Everton or Burnley.

9. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

Aaron Mooy

Mooy is the best example of City Football Group's plan for global domination in action. He joined Manchester City from satellite club Melbourne City, only to be sold to Huddersfield for £10m following a successful season on loan in Yorkshire.

Mooy, a genuinely two-footed playmaker who combines strength on the ball with vision, is the beating heart of David Wagner's Huddersfield side and has looked every bit at home in the English top flight. He will have suitors if the Terriers return to the Championship, and although a return to City or any of their top-six rivals is unlikely, he would improve most mid-table teams.

8. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Ryan Bertrand

Relegation would go alongside a Champions League winners' medal on Bertrand's strange CV if Southampton were to go down, although the left-back has always been a slightly difficult player to place. Just how talented is he? Certainly too good for the Championship, and he will likely be one of the first to seek an exit if the Saints continue to plummet.

Aged 28, there are still plenty of good years left in the speedy England international, who isn't guaranteed a place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad – and yet could easily find himself as a starter in the finals if he makes the cut.

7. Cedric Soares (Southampton)

Cedric Soares

Even before Southampton began to slide down the table, the Portuguese right-back had begun talking up his hopes of following Virgil van Dijk (and the rest) to a bigger club, suggesting there’s little chance he will remain loyal if the Saints drop.

At 26, Cedric has his best years ahead of him, and his technical quality and versatility would be sure to interest a Premier League club should he wish to stay in the country. Not a single assist (or goal) in the league this season may deter the top sides, but he wouldn't be without suitors.

6. Jack Butland (Stoke)

Jack Butland

Butland has shipped more goals than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season but he's a shoo-in to be part of England's World Cup squad and could even find himself as No.1 in Russia.

In fairness to the 25-year-old, he’s the last line of defence in a woeful Stoke rearguard and has proved himself an able Premier League shot-stopper over the last three years. If the Potters go down he will likely be among the first players to search for a new Premier League employer, with Liverpool said to be interested.