Despite its permanent enfranchisement as the league to ‘get out of’, the second tier of English football has a lot to offer with regards to emerging superstars.
This article lists the best young talents to keep an eye out for if you follow Championship football, or just love keeping track of future stars.
7. Tyler Roberts, 19, Leeds United
Heralded as one of the key figures in Leeds United’s title bid this season, the 19-year-old Welsh striker won his first Wales cap in September, coming on for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win over the Republic of Ireland.
Despite an early season knee injury, the young striker has recovered and drawn much acclaim, with a notable goal against Hull City.
6. Tammy Abraham, 21, Aston Villa
As a product of the Chelsea youth setup, Tammy Abraham has enjoyed stints at Bristol City and Swansea City in recent season; but his time at Aston Villa has arguably been his most impressive yet.
Having recently turned down a move to Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 21-year-old has scored 20 goals in 26 appearances in the Championship this season.
5. Reece James, 19, Wigan Athletic
Another on Chelsea’s books, having been sent on loan to the DW Stadium in the close season, Reece James is another young centre-back with a very bright future in the game.
James was one of many notable prospects in a Chelsea team who retained the FA Youth Cup for a fifth year in a row during the 2017/18 season.
4. Harry Wilson, 21, Derby County
A Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson has hit form this season under the command of Frank Lampard as the Rams look nailed on for a playoff place.
Having scored what many have dubbed one of the ‘greatest’ goals of League Cup history against Manchester United in September, the 21 year old has drawn interest from some of the games’ top clubs.
3. Chris Mepham, 21, Brentford
It isn’t so long ago that Welsh international Chris Mepham was rejected by the academies of some West London’s top clubs.
Since then, the 21-year-old has come a long way and is attracting the interest of both Wales manager Ryan Giggs, and a number of Premier League clubs. Mepham, like Tyler Roberts and Harry Wilson, is another Welsh prospect with bags of potential and will surely be one to watch in the future.
2. Sergi Canos, 21, Brentford
Like Harry Wilson and many others on this list, Sergi Canos is a prime example of the talent on offer at the academies of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Having left Liverpool for a club many have resorted to calling the ‘Barcelona of the Championship’, the 21-year-old is most adept in the attacking midfield or forward positions, having helped facilitate the ‘free-flowing’ football demonstrated in his last two seasons at Griffin Park.
1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 22, Leeds United
No surprises here.
Marco Bielsa’s side are on top form this season and look primed to reach the top flight for the first time since relegation in 2004.
At 22, Peacock-Farrell has already been one of the star performers in the league, with much more to come as the club prepare for a crucial run of games at the end of the season.