Premier League's most relegated XI

Leeds Utd's Rob Green applauds fans after the match

Former Norwich City, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers men feature in this relegation XI.

Swansea City defender Martin Olsson could be set for a fourth top flight relegation of his career this season.

In honour of the Swedish defender, we picked an XI with some of the most relegated players in Premier League history:

Goalkeeper Rob Green has racked up four top tier relegations. His first came in 2005 when Norwich City lost 6-0 to Fulham on the final day of the season to drop out of the Premier League.

Green, now with Championship play-off hopefuls Leeds United, went on to taste relegation with West Ham United (2011) and Queens Park Rangers (2013 and 2015).

Marcus Edworthy might have hoped his relegation days were past him following drops with Crystal Palace (1998), Ipswich Town (2002) and Leicester City (2004). But the worst was still to come for the right-back, who played in the dreadful Derby County side which picked up a record-low 11 points during the 2007-8 campaign.

Edworthy may have ended his run of relegations in style but former Palace and Ipswich teammate, Hermann Hreidarsson, outdid him by finishing in the bottom-three on five occasions.

The nonsense defender also endured that sinking feeling with Wimbledon (2000), Charlton Athletic (2007) and Portsmouth (2010). Hreidarson has kept his tradition alive as a manager, leading Icelandic outfit Fylkir out of the Urvalsdeild.

After spells with Chelsea and Manchester City, Israeli international Tal Ben Haim decided to try his luck at the other end of the table. Things didn’t work out too well for the centre-back.

Between 2010 and 2013, Ben Haim went down with Portsmouth (he was also involved in their 2011 relegation from the Championship), West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.

Sebastien Bassong arrived in England with a fine pedigree of relegations after taking Metz down from the Ligue 1 twice. Despite his best efforts, being named Newcastle United’s Player of the Season for 2008-9, Bassong still managed to transfer his bad luck to the relegated Magpies.

The Cameroon international then took three years off drop zone struggles before returning to form with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012. He went on to add another two relegations to his resume with Norwich City (2014 and 2016).

Julio Arca spent most of his career in the North East after joining Sunderland from Argentinos Juniors.

The versatile midfielder was part of two disappointing relegation campaigns with the Black Cats (2003 and 2006) before suffering the same feeling with Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough in 2009. Both of his former clubs look set to drop out of the division this season.

Injuries blighted much of Nigel Quashie’s career but his misfortune did not end there. The Scottish midfielder finished below the dotted line with QPR (1996), Nottingham Forest (1999), Southampton (2005) and West Bromwich Albion (2006).

Carlton Palmer, one of many players to be relegated from the Premier League twice, makes this XI after collecting a further three relegations from the lower leagues. The 18-time England international slipped into English football’s second tier with Nottingham Forest (1999) and Coventry City (2001).

Nathan Blake shares the unwelcome title of the most relegated player from the Premier League with Hreidarsson. In a ten year span, the forward went down with Sheffield United (1994), Blackburn Rovers (1999), Wolverhampton Wanderers and – on two occasions - Bolton Wanderers (1996 and 1998).

Fellow forwards Marcus Bent and Ashley Ward round off this relegation XI with four Premier League drops each. Bent, a teammate of Hreidarsson’s at Palace, Ipswich and Charlton, also went down with Edworthy at Leicester.

Ward earns a place following his time at Norwich (1995), Barnsley (1998), Blackburn (1999) and Bradford (2001).

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