A Group Of Midfielders Have Accolades That Don't Reflect Their Relegation Status
Every year we seem to hear the same old adage, 'they're too good to go down' and there's plenty of years when someone proves that's total bollocks, Newcastle and West Ham being the most obvious examples. But what about the players who should be too good to go down?
When a team goes down often the manager is sacked and then they should struggle to get a job in the Premier League next time around, I say should because we all know of the merry-go-round, especially for British bosses.
Footballers though can often find themselves back in the top tier before their clubs are. They are often 'too good for the Championship' so someone will pick them up, often for cheaper because the selling club needs the money more.
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But shouldn't the players be the ones held accountable for going down, a team isn't going to sack all its players but they could be made to work hard to get them back up, it rarely happens.
That said there are some midfielders in the Premier League relegation battle whose records and accolades suggests they should be too good to go down. Times writer James Gheerbrant pointed them out on Twitter:
West Brom's Grzegorz Krychowiak is a two time Europa League winner and was in the La Liga team of the season, during his time with Sevilla.
Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri, possibly not a midfielder but come on, has won the Champions League, is a two time Bundesliga winner and even scored a hat-trick at the World Cup.
Gareth Barry at West Brom is a Premier League winner, the league's all time appearance maker and has 50 caps for England.
Joe Allen was in the team of the tournament just two years ago in France at Euro 2016, now he could go down with Stoke.
Dusan Tadic will be lucky to stay up despite being the Premier League's third place assister in 2015/16 and hold most assists in one game.
His teammate Mario Lemina has twice played in the Champions League final, only losing to Barcelona and Real Madrid, and has won Serie A twice with Juventus.
And the third member of Saints' midfield Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has won the Champions League and is a two time Bundesliga winner.
All seven men from three teams with a ridiculous list of trophies and accolades are on the verge of going down. Barry for sure looks set to be relegated but will any of them be in the Premier League with another team next season?