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Which PL Relegations Would Have The Biggest Impact On The Ireland Team?

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: John O'Shea of Sunderland reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Sunderland at Bet365 Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having looked at the best outcome for the Republic of Ireland national team resulting from potential Premier League promotions, we now look at the scenario for Irish players in the relegation scrap.

In the past the relegation of Reading, Wolves and Hull has wiped out a large proportion of Irishmen from the top flight. Last season, three regulars in Rob Elliot, Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady were relegated, however Brady’s now back in the big time with Burnley.

Brady’s new side seem to be just about safe at the moment as well as Shane Long’s Southampton. There are still a number of Irishmen under threat from relegation, but thankfully there are no teams with a high proportion of Irishmen like in years gone by.


AFC Bournemouth

Irish Players: Harry Arter, Marc Wilson (on loan at West Bromwich Albion)

Currently six points from safety, Bournemouth boast one of Ireland’s best players domestically this season in Harry Arter.

Marc Wilson took a step up the table with a loan to West Brom under old boss Tony Pulis after failing to get a crack at the coastal club.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Marc Wilson of AFC Bournemouth and Ben Pearson of Preston North End in action during the EFL Cup Third Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Preston North End at Goldsands Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The Cherries will be hoping for a third consecutive season in the top flight under Eddie Howe, but given Arter’s form a relegation could result in a move to another Premier League side.



There are no Irish players at Boro, but Patrick Bamford has represented the Boys in Green at under-18 level and remains eligible.

DERBY, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough rounds goalkeeper Lee Grant of Derby to score opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Middlesbrough at iPro Stadium on March 17, 2015 in Derby, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Leicester City

No Irishmen play for the Premier League champions, who are becoming a serious relegation prospect.


Swansea City

Another club whose relegation would have little bearing on the Irish team with their only Irish reprentative being Tom Holland, who’s currently out on loan at Flyde. The last Irishman to play for the Swans was Thomas Butler.


Hull City

Irish players: David Meyler

With a plethora of Irishmen at the KCOM Stadium during their last relegation, David Meyler is the only survivor from that campaign.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea and David Meyler of Hull City compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

However, the Corkman has featured sporadically for the Tigers and could move on in the summer regardless of the outcome for the club.


Crystal Palace

Irish players: Damien Delaney

Palace favourite Damien Delaney has been a regular at Selhurst Park throughout their stint in the Premier League, which could be nearing an end. Despite being one of a few Irishmen deemed as an automatic pick in England’s top flight, Delaney’s days as an international look to be at an end so a Palace relegation would not have a huge impact on Ireland.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth is challenged by Damien Delaney of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace at Vitality Stadium on January 31, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

However, youngster Kian Flanagan is an exciting prospect and could get a run in the Championship, which may in turn benefit Ireland in the long run.



Irish players: John O’Shea, Darron Gibson

A long drop in standards since both played in the Champions League for Manchester United, Irish pair O’Shea and Gibson are in real threat of moving down a division. Thankfully for Sunderland, they are gradually gaining some momentum but it is hard to see them beating the drop.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Darron Gibson of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Gibson has finally secured a move that could see him feature regularly but his stint could see him mainly feature in the Championship with O’Shea’s career likely to extend to the climax of Ireland’s World Cup campaign.

Best scenario: Middlesborough, Leicester and Swansea go down.

Worst scenario: Bournemouth, Hull and Sunderland go down.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.