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Which potentially relegated players would you most want back in the Premier League?

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There are always a few players who are standouts for relegation-bound sides who make their way back to the top flight. Which ones do you want for your fantasy team next season?

Jordan Amavi was one of the most exciting players early in the 2015-16 season.
Jordan Amavi was one of the most exciting players early in the 2015-16 season.
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There's obviously a major caveat here given there is only one team that will almost certainly be relegated to The Championship next season, but if we take a look at the table there are only a few realistic relegation candidates as we head into the home stretch of the season.

Villa will need an even bigger miracle than Leicester City of last season to escape the drop, so it seems fair (if unfortunate) to begin our raid here.

Aston Villa

From a fantasy perspective, there hasn't been a ton to love here as many of the current Villa squad would find themselves more suited to the play in the second tier of English football than the Prem. However, there have been a few standouts who could do well on a promoted club or fellow relegation struggler.

Top Pick: Jordan Amavi - Prior to his season-ending injury, the new left back was putting in the kind of performances a fantasy manager dreams of, with attacking and defending contributions. He'll surely be on many a manager's shopping list come summer.

Other Options: Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout, Jack Grealish

Who else could join Villa in The Championship next season? Here are the candidates at the moment:

Newcastle

The arrival of Rafa Benitez may have come too late for the Magpies, as they currently sit second bottom in the table. There is plenty of talent in the squad, but injuries and inconsistencies have made the season a huge failure. If they do end up getting relegated, Rafa won't be the only one counting on an escape clause.

Top Pick: Georginio Wijnaldum - While he has been a much more productive player at St. James Park than on the road, the Dutchman clearly has the quality to cut it in the Premier League. His wages and potential transfer fee may make him a tough target for newly promoted teams, but lower- and mid-table teams will be competing for his signature if Newcastle fails in their survival effort.

Other Options: Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez

Sunderland

The Black Cats are perennial relegation strugglers and year on year have found a way to survive. That will be a tougher task this season with the rest of the pack putting in strong performances coming down the wire. Big Sam has a knack for keeping clubs in the Premier League, but his time could be up.

Top Pick: Wahbi Khazri - Sunderland have a fantasy star on their hands with the Tunisian, who has taken set piece duty on since arriving in January. His disciplinary issues and his inconsistent form will keep larger clubs away and he may not displace more established set piece takers on other teams, but a newly promoted team would be a great fit.

Other Options: Patrick Van Aanholt, Vito Mannone, Yann M'Vila

Norwich City

There is a team each season that makes a late push with some excellent performances, and the Canaries are showing they could be that team with their last two performances. Alex Neil has adjusted to life as a Premier League manager admirably as the season has progressed, and the club has purchased wisely in the winter window. But will it be enough?

Top Pick: Robbie Brady - The Irishman made the move from relegated Hull to newly-promoted Norwich and made an immediate impact. He has the capability to play in defense or as a winger, and can be a huge fantasy asset, especially if he was re-listed as a defender.

Other Options: Nathan Redmond, Timm Klose, Steven Naismith

Crystal Palace

It's shocking to look at the Eagles struggling near the bottom of the table when they were pushing for a Champions League spot at the beginning of January. Alan Pardew's side can't buy a win at the moment and will need to navigate a difficult run to ensure their survival for another season.

Top Pick: Yannick Bolasie - I very nearly put Cabaye here, but the fact that Bolasie is four years younger makes him a more attractive prospect for buying clubs. After attracting interest from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur last summer, it wouldn't be a shock to see Bolasie make a move to a larger club regardless of which league Palace is in next season. He's got the pace, power and trickery to make him a huge fantasy star if he can stay fit.

Other Options: Yohan Cabaye, Scott Dann, Wilfried Zaha, Connor Wickham

Which players make your list? Have I left any out? Any you disagree with? Let us know your top picks in the comments!