Best Championship Players – Part 2

We’ve assessed the players destined for better things either with or without their current club as we look at the best Championship players so far this season...

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Joe Worrall - Premier League bound with or without Forest?

One Player From Every Side Destined For The Premier League

With just over one month to go until the transfer window opens, which Championship stars will be topping Premier League managers’ Christmas wishlists?

We’ve assessed the players destined for better things either with or without their current club.

Here, we look at Luton Town through to Wigan Athletic.

Championship Stars To Look Out For

Part 1 – Barnsley to Leeds >>>

LUTON TOWN

Our pick: Izzy Brown

Izzy Brown in action for the Hatters.

Why’s he so highly rated? It finally might be his time. Brown might be looking back at some of his Stamford Bridge youth team cohorts with envy with many finally being handed a chance by Frank Lampard – but he’s now in a position to prove he’s ready to make the step up after an injury hit couple of loan spells. The Hatters look to be the right fit for a young talent who simply needs game time.
Premier League ready? Lampard has shown all young Blues players now have a pathway. It’s now up to him to take it.

 

MIDDLESBROUGH

Our pick: Dael Fry
Why’s he so highly rated? He’s been one of the few bright spots for Jonathan Woodgate in an otherwise bumpy debut managerial campaign for the rookie Boro boss. The 6ft 4in centre back looks an assured presence in the backline and at 22, has time on his side to sharpen up his game management skills. He’s also tasted success on the international stage as a FIFA U20 World Cup winner two years ago.
Premier League ready? A class act in the making, he’s already reportedly attracted interest from Tottenham and Burnley.

 

MILLWALL

Our pick: Jed Wallace

Wallace celebrates with his Lions teammates.

Why’s he so highly rated? The beating heart of the Millwall midfield, he’s the one player Gary Rowett has already identified as being critical to his plans for the Lions. Wallace has caught the eye with several stunning goals this season and Rowett has already joked his key man needs to calm down before the January transfer window.
Premier League ready? At 25, time might be running out to seal a dream move – but he could be a good squad addition for any team making the step up.

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Our pick: Joe Worrall
Why’s he so highly rated? The Championship is one of the finest breeding grounds for talented English young centre backs, with Lewis Dunk, Michael Keane and Conor Coady all benefiting from extended runs in the Championship. The 6ft 4in Forest rock could be the next in the queue for a crack at the big time after marshalling a Forest defence that has conceded just 13 goals this season.
Premier League ready? After this season, he’ll be closing in on 100 Championship appearances – a good sample size for Premier League clubs to mull over. Everton and Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs.

 

PRESTON NORTH END

Our pick: Ben Davies

Will Preston’s Player of the Year stick around at Deepdale?

Why’s he so highly rated? In a Preston team that continue to punch above their weight in the Championship, Davies has been one of the standout performers for the Lilywhites yet again this season. The club’s Player of the Year in 2018/19 is arguably the first name on Neil’s team sheet. His cultured left foot won’t have gone unnoticed by Premier League scouts as well.
Premier League ready? He’s done all the ground work to earn his big move – but might just get there with Preston if Alex Neil’s side continue to flourish.

 

QPR

Our pick: Eberechi Eze
Why’s he so highly rated? Eze has been electric for Mark Warburton’s QPR and already looks a class above the rest of the Rs midfield. He has the natural talent and confidence to make a name for himself at the highest level and has added goals to his game, scoring six goals so far this campaign. The 21-year-old also has an audacious streak – unafraid to try the outrageous to tip a game in the R’s favour. One to watch, for sure.
Premier League ready? it’s surely only a matter of time until one of the brightest young Championship stars graces the top level.

 

READING

Our pick: Danny Loader

Loader nearly joined Wolves – but is he ready for a top-flight move?

Why’s he so highly rated? Loader could be a leftfield target for several Premier League clubs with the 19-year-old out of contract at the end of this season. With an excellent goalscoring record at England youth levels, he’s not had much chance to show his talents at this level but could benefit from playing under a hands-on coach like Mark Bowen.
Premier League ready? Wolves and Man Utd have been monitoring his progress closely – with a move to Molineux breaking down last deadline day.

 

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Our pick: Adam Reach
Why’s he so highly rated? On his day, he can be one of the Championship’s most devastating performers with the ability to pick out a goal from nowhere. However, a frustrating trend to blow hot and cold can sometimes hold him back, which perhaps explains why at 26 he’s still not troubled Premier League defences.
Premier League ready? It’s approaching make-or-break for the maverick midfielder, but any promoted clubs heading out of the Championship in 2019/20 could do worse than take a chance on Reach – although he’d be more likely to grace the bench.

 

STOKE CITY

Our pick: Tom Edwards

Edwards has excelled in a struggling Stoke side.

Why’s he so highly rated? Potters fans have had little to cheer about this season with their expensively-assembled squad once again underperforming in the second tier. However, the emergence of 20-year-old Edwards has been one of the few positives from a campaign that never got going under Nathan Jones. He could benefit from learning under a natural motivator in Michael O’Neill who will surely look to freshen things up in the Potteries.
Premier League ready? He’s still very raw, but has the potential to kick on under a manager likely to put his faith in young, hungry players.

 

SWANSEA CITY

Our pick: Bersant Celina
Why’s he so highly rated? Swansea’s form has tailed off slightly after a flying start under Steve Cooper. However, Kosovan international Celina still looks one of the players most likely to help the Swans. Celina is adept at playing both centrally and wide, freeing Cooper up to experiment tactically. If any player can help Cooper push the Swans towards a promotion challenge, it’s the tricky 23-year-old.
Premier League ready? He’s learnt from the best as a trainee at Man City and has all the technical gifts needed to thrive on a higher stage.

 

WEST BROM

Our pick: Matheus Pereira

Could Pereiira be the real deal after impressing with the Baggies?

Why’s he so highly rated? He’s been one of the standout performers in a side that are arguably this year’s great entertainers in the Championship. The lively winger also boasts a mean free-kick In his locker. That’s a differential that won’t get unnoticed by his admirers at Premier League level. He’s also earned his stripes in top-flight football with Nürnberg in the Bundesliga last year, scoring three goals in 21 appearances.
Premier League ready? Yes – one of the stand-out loan signings of the season looks set for stardom.

 

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Our pick: Antonee Robinson
Why’s he so highly rated? Wigan are hardly Championship big-spenders these but showed plenty of faith in the right-back in splashing out nearly £2m for the American international. Robinson has been one of the few positives in a Latics side scrapping towards the wrong end of the table. Expect clubs to test the water if Paul Cook’s side slip back into the second tier.
Premier League ready? He’s done the hard yards after three successive campaigns in the Championship and has international experience and could be worth a look.

Part 1 – Barnsley to Leeds >>>

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