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TOO GOOD TO GO DOWN? ROY KEANE

Just like Kinkladze, these class acts also suffered relegation from the Premier League

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Despite a growing list of admirers, the 21- year- old couldn’t help Nottingham Forest escape the drop in the Premier League’s inaugural season of 1992- 93. It signalled the end of Brian Clough’s reign, and Keane completed a British record transfer to Manchester United.

FABRIZIO RAVANELLI & JUNINHO

The internatio­nal icons steered Boro to two cup finals in 1996- 97, but even though Ravanelli scored 31 goals in all competitio­ns and Juninho 15, the club were still relegated.

PAOLO DI CANIO & JOE COLE

No one expected West Ham to fall in 2002- 03, but they did despite accruing 42 points. Di Canio and Cole were the standouts in a squad featuring Les Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Fredi Kanouté.

MARK VIDUKA

Leeds’ financial implosion consigned some big names to the drop in 2004 – including Australia goal- getter Viduka, who’d famously bagged four in a 4- 3 victory over Liverpool three seasons earlier and even registered a dozen during United’s relegation campaign.

ANDY JOHNSON

No player has ever plundered more Premier League goals in a season and still been relegated. Johnson racked up 21 for Crystal Palace in 2004- 05 – his debut top- flight campaign – and even received his first England cap against the Dutch, yet the Eagles finished 18th.

MICHAEL OWEN

Ballon d’or winner Owen was only 28 as 2008- 09 began. Newcastle’s captain hit eight goals, but the Magpies went down after Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer each had spells in charge.

SCOTT PARKER

The tenacious midfielder was the Footballer Writers’ Associatio­n’s Player of the Year for 2010- 11 – despite West Ham finishing bottom. He’s the only Premier League player to have lifted the award in a relegated side.

GINI WIJNALDUM

The Dutchman made a real impression during his first Premier League season in 2015- 16, netting four goals against Norwich and a brace in a 5- 1 final- day thrashing of erstwhile title contenders Tottenham. Newcastle still ended up in 18th spot, then Liverpool came calling.

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