10 players who could take the Championship by storm this season


Lewis Ambrose

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With the Championship season kicking off this weekend, we have some players to focus on in 2019/20.

With 46 matchdays ahead of us, plus five play-off games, we are expecting these 10 to deliver.

Aleksander Mitrović, Fulham

Having taken the Championship by storm in 2017/18, Mitrović managed 11 goals last season despite Fulham’s dismal attempts to stay up.

You’d have been forgiven for expecting the Serbian to leave this summer but he penned a new deal at Craven Cottage instead and now has to be the favourite to be the Championship’s top scorer.

Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United

Phillips’ ability is no secret. The versatile midfielder became a key part of Leeds’ promotion push last season.

Earning the trust of Marcelo Bielsa, the 23-year-old is crucial defensively for Leeds and helps launch attacks from the base of midfield.

If the Whites are to have success this year, he will be central to it.

Jay Dasilva, Bristol City

An exciting left-back, Dasilva’s loan move from Chelsea has now been made permanent.

Ollie McBurnie, Swansea City

Swansea fans didn’t have a great deal to cheer last season but Ollie McBurnie was a massive success.

While Daniel James has left for Manchester United, McBurnie remains and will carry the attacking burden for Steve Cooper’s side … unless his move to Sheffield United goes through.

Now 23, the striker will look to build on the 22 goals he netted last term.

Neal Maupay, Brentford

Another candidate for the golden boot, Neal Maupay could consider himself unlucky not to have bagged a move to the Premier League yet this summer.

Brentford won’t mind, though.

Lucas João, Sheffield Wednesday

Lee Bullen is, for now, in charge at Hillsborough and we have high hopes that he’ll use Lucas João regularly.

The Portuguese has struggled to become a guaranteed starter for Wednesday but has netted a goal every 180 minutes across the last two seasons. Get him in the team!

Nick Powell, Stoke City

Signed on a free from Wigan, Powell could be a game-changer in the Potteries.

A superbly gifted midfielder, the ex-Manchester United man could be one of the players of the season.

Dan Crowley, Birmingham City

Bargain of the summer? Signed for under £1m, you may be looking at him.

Having left Arsenal, Crowley went to the Netherlands in 2017 to play regular first team football.

Two years on, having impressed at Go Ahead Eagles and helped Willem II to a cup final, he’s back in England with a point to prove.

James Collins, Luton Town

“I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never played in the Championship before, so I’m really excited to get a crack at it.”

At 28, it’s a bit late for Collins to be making his Championship bow.

There is, though, no looking back for a striker who has scored 45 times in two seasons to inspire Luton to back-to-back promotions.

Chuks Aneke, Charlton Athletic

Another former Arsenal man who could prove to be a very savvy signing.

Formerly a midfielder, Aneke reinvented himself as a striker at MK Dons.

An unselfish and intelligent forward, Aneke could be a handful for any defence he comes up against.