The Championship is as talented as it’s ever been. Never before has there been such a talented pool of players in England’s second division.
Whether it’s Premier League loanees or players that have made their names in the league, the championship has more than a handful of talent who are ready to take that next step and move up to the promised land.
As the summer transfer window gets underway, and the Premier League’s elite begin their search for fresh talent, they would be wise to take a look at the Championship as there are numerous players in the league capable of making a significant impact for them right away.
5 Championship players who deserve a chance in the Premier League
#5 Jan Paul van Hecke
After a very successful loan spell at Blackburn Rovers, Jan Paul van Hecke deserves a shot in the big time. Whether it’s at parent club Brighton or elsewhere, the center-back has done more than enough to earn an opportunity in the Premier League and would be a valuable asset to any team.
The 21-year-old was a revelation at Rovers this year, rarely putting a foot wrong on his way to winning the team’s Player of the Year award. He was a rock at the back for Tony Mowbray’s side and his calm demeanor ensures he’d fit right in with the Premier League.
It’s a true testament to just how impressive van Hecke was that he won the Rovers’ Player of the Year award, despite Ben Brereton Diaz scoring 22 league goals.
#4 Morgan Gibbs-White
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Another Premier League loanee, Morgan Gibbs-White has more than proven he’s ready to play a role in Wolves’ first team next season.
The attacking midfielder has excelled at Sheffield United this campaign and played a huge role in the side making it to the playoffs.
With 13 goals and 10 assists to his name this campaign, the 22-year-old would help solve a lot of Wolves’ offensive issues next season. Regardless of whether Bruno Lage deems Gibbs-White ready for the first team, there’s certainly going to be a side in the Premier League who are willing to give him a chance.
#3 Djed Spence
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It’s remarkable that Middlesbrough was willing to let a player like Djed Spence leave the club on loan this season. It’s even more remarkable that they let him join fellow Championship side, Nottingham Forest.
The right-back has been incredulous to Forest’s surge into the playoffs this season. He has been a key figure in Steve Cooper’s side all year and has played a vital role in getting the team to the playoff final.
Spence has played all but two games since joining Forest on loan and regardless of whether the team are promoted to the Premier League, he’s earned a shot at the big time. It seems he won’t be short of suitors either, with both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested.
#2 Ben Brereton Diaz
In one of the most remarkable stories of the season, Ben Brereton became Ben Brereton Diaz, and the Blackburn Rovers man transformed in front of fans’ eyes.
The 23-year-old was in fine form and scored 22 times in the league, absolute obliterating his previous best of seven. The forward was instrumental in Rovers mounting a real playoff push and it was no coincidence that the side’s form took a disastrous downturn when he was out injured.
With numerous clubs interested in Brereton Diaz, don’t be shocked if he leaves Blackburn for the Premier League this summer. He’s earned it.
#1 Brennan Johnson
May 29 – Brennan Johnson helps Nottingham Forest reach the Premier League
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Brennan Johnson has burst onto the scene this season and instantly became one of the best players in the championship.
The 21-year-old has been integral to Nottingham Forest’s success this season. With 16 goals and nine assists, he has been unplayable at times and has already attracted the attention of some pretty big clubs.
A Nottingham lad born and bred, Johnson would love nothing more than to make it to the Premier League with his boyhood club, but if they fail to secure promotion in the playoff final, he won’t be short of potential suitors anyway.
With reportedly Tottenham, Everton and Leeds all interested in the 21-year-old, his future seems destined for the Premier League, and he deserves a chance to show what he can do in England’s top division.