By Gareth Jones
It is never nice to write of any team as a relegation side with five games left to go, but out of the potential Championship candidates Wolverhampton Wanders look like the safer bet. If Wolves do sink in to the second tier there are a number of players who will still be in the Premiership next season.
Wayne Hennessey: The young Welshman has been somewhat of a Jeykll and Hyde character this season, pulling of some great saves but also making some bad mistakes.
Too good for the Championship a Premier League club should pick up Hennessey when he goes for cheap, if Wolves bite the dust. West Brom will be in the market for a keeper when Ben Foster’s loan expires.
Stephen Ward: The left sided player assists in all levels of Wolves game. Three goals from the back this plus tireless defensive work makes Ward too good for the Championship.
Ward would make a welcome addition to most Premier League sides below the top six, but could be welcome as a squad player. Arsenal still look weak at left back after selling Clichy last summer and Gibbs and Santos failing to grow into their roles.
Rodger Johnson: After coming from Birmingham after a good couple of seasons Johnson has failed to settle in and impress as much.
Still a good defender at in the prime of his career he would be wasted in the Championship but finding a club that Johnson would make an impact at is a challenge, Manchester City may look to find another experienced defender after the problems they had in January.
Matt Jarvis: The figures do not lie, 5 goals and 6 assists for the winger this season make him a good assest for any top flight side.
Jarvis may only find first team action in the lower half of the table, but at 25 he still has time to really leave a mark on the Premier League. Jarvis could well be an option for any of the 3 teams coming up to the Premier League.
Jamie O’Hara: After making his loan permanent last summer O’Hara has made an impact for Wolves but has been blighted by a lack of starts.
O’Hara will not likely return to Tottenham or any team in the top six but he might find first team football at Sunderland, although packed with quality midfield players O’Neill may not turn away a good deal.
Steven Fletcher: The Scottish striker has made a name for himself in English football since moving from Hibernian. This season Fletcher has scored 10 goals this season and is a last hope to Wolves.
Fletcher will be snatched by a big Premier League club next season, Manchester City might need a third or fourth choice striker and Newcastle United might look for a proven goal scorer if they qualify for next year’s European competition.
Mentions to Kevin Doyle, Karl Henry and Nenad Milijaš who may also make moves away from the Molineaux next season in favour of Premier League