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

Xherdan Shaqiri
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5. Alfie Mawson (Swansea)

Alfie Mawson

The summer's World Cup has probably come too soon for the Swansea centre-half, but the 24-year-old has a bright future ahead for club and country. As an Englishman and a ball-playing centre-half, of which there is a relative shortage in the Premier League, Swansea would demand a huge fee for Mawson. However, he's shown enough to suggest he'd be worth it.

Good with both feet and handy in both boxes, Mawson has understandably earned comparisons with another former Barnsley centre-half, John Stones.

4. Mario Lemina (Southampton)

Mario Lemina

It’s often said that Southampton have a Europa League squad, but if there's one player for whom that may be an understatement, it's Lemina. At 24, the Gabonese is still a work in progress and the club-record signing has not been blameless in the Saints' freefall.

But he has a bit of everything needed to be a top central midfielder, with and without the ball. Any suitor would have to shell out considerably more than the £18m the Saints paid Juventus last summer, but relegation would weaken their bargaining position.

3. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke)

Xherdan Shaqiri

"No set-pieces and keep the ball away from Shaqiri," has probably been the gist of a few pre-Stoke team talks this season. The winger is the only worrisome thing about a once-frightening Potters side, and he knows it.

The 26-year-old caused a stir recently by claiming there is "a lack of quality" around him, but Stoke's best hope of avoiding the drop is to keep the tricky winger happy during the run-in. Shaqiri's future is uncertain whatever his side's fate, but it’s inconceivable that the Swiss superstar – who won five consecutive league titles with Basel and then Bayern Munich – could become a Championship player. He is too good.

2. Jonny Evans (West Brom)

Jonny Evans

The centre-half's reputation has been somewhat tarnished by taxi-gate. However, if – or more realistically when – West Brom, the Premier League's foremost yo-yo club, go down, there will be a lengthy queue to sign him.

At 30, Evans is not yet over the hill and can offer a wealth of experience for any club, illustrated by his three Premier League winners' medals. A reported relegation release clause of just £3m should attract most of the top six, although at this stage of his career the Northern Ireland international will be after guaranteed first-team football.

1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha is so important to Palace. They're yet to win without him this season, and one of the best players in the Premier League outside the top six is highly unlikely to stick around in the Championship, despite the obvious attachment to his boyhood club.

The 25-year-old's nightmare stint at Manchester United, where he played just 28 league minutes under David Moyes, is unlikely to deter the big boys given Zaha's ability to hurt even the best full-backs. He still needs to be more clinical, though, and concerns over homesickness might limit him to a London move. Spurs have been linked.

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