Stoke condemns Swansea to relegation

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2018

At the other end, it was all chaos and it was Swansea, West Brom and Stoke who were relegated eventually and though they deserved to be relegated for their overall performance throughout the season, certain players from the three sides did not deserve to be relegated.

Zouma's centre-back partner makes the cut, with Ryan Shawcross' rating (7.09) the second best at Stoke this season. The Swans conceded 56 goals in their 38 matches (the same number as the Baggies), with seven teams owning a worse defensive record. The England worldwide kept Stoke in many games this season, and looks a certainty to be in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. The 28-year-old has proven Premier League pedigree, however, famously being described as "the Welsh Xavi" by his former manager, Brendan Rodgers.

Midfield: A relative Premier League novice of just 13 appearances, Badou Ndiaye made a big impression after joining Stoke from Galatasaray for £14m in January. Amid talk of interest from Turkey and the Premier League, Ndiaye will be eager to showcase his talents with Senegal at the World Cup to avoid hanging around in the Championship.

Dawson has been a vital part of West Brom's side in the last few seasons.

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Manager Paul Lambert says relegated Stoke City must do everything to keep Wales midfielder Joe Allen.

To Swansea's credit, there was a vibrancy and attacking vigour to their first-half play and Jordan Ayew fired an early free-kick into the wall before an almighty scramble in the box, with Jack Butland standing firm.

Swansea had needed to beat Stoke to survive, as well as seeing Southampton lose to Manchester City with a 10-goal swing in the process. The likes of Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore, Craig Dawson and Salomon Rondon could all look for moves back to the Premier League.

Despite relegation to League One, Sunderland still received more than £41 million in parachute payments from the Premier League.

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