Well another Premier League season is over, Manchester United may be celebrating another Championship, but three teams are nursing their wounds as they come to terms with a future of life in the Championship. Sunday was quite a rollercoaster for the five teams vying not to be relegated, with the scenario changing more than 10 times regarding who would succumb to the drop.
West Ham have looked the likely candidates for the drop over the past few months, but it is surprising that the team that won the Carling Cup, Birmingham, are joining them. After the start that Blackpool made to life in the Premier League, at one point it looked as though they would survive but it wasn’t to be. It is going to be an interesting summer for these teams and a lot of players will be leaving each. We’ll begin by taking a look at Birmingham’s most desirable assets.
Well for now Alex McLeish still has a job at Birmingham and it is not all doom and gloom for next season as they will get a shot at playing in the Europa League. When you look at Birmingham’s squad there is a lot of talent and surely some Premiership teams will come knocking, here are the top 3 talents who will be on the way out:
The England international needs to stay in the Premiership if he wants to keep improving and remain in the England fold. He has stated he is happy to stay with the blues but a lot of clubs are looking for keepers this summer and someone with Foster’s experience will appeal. Foster has had a reasonable season and is apparently already attracting the interest of Tottenham. He is settled in the area and whether he is sold or not remains to be seen, but it would require a fee in the region of £5-£10m to prise him away.
Possible moves: Tottenham and Aston Villa
Young defender Scott Dann has been unlucky with injuries this season and was badly missed after he tore a hammy in January. With Dann and Johnson as Birmingham’s centre back partnership, they made St Andrews a very tough place to come with Birmingham only losing twice at home up until Dann was injured. Since his injury Birmingham conceded almost double the amount of goals per game. Dann has been compared to greats like Hansen and Adams and has a good reputation. Clubs can expect to pay between £5-£8m if they want Dann, but who is interested?
Possible moves: Liverpool, Everton, Sunderland
The Swedish international has endured constant speculation regarding his future all year. This summer he will be available on a free and those clubs that were sniffing around on the cheap in January may get their man now. Larsson has become an integral part of the Birmingham midfield and is highly rated here as well as throughout Europe, so don’t be surprised if he ends up in La Liga next season.
Possible moves: Sunderland, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Blackburn or La Liga