With the Championship season approaching its climax, players across the league will be looking to either drag their team up into the Premier League as well as put themselves into the shop window.
Here are 10 players currently plying their trade in the second tier that haven’t yet featured in the Premier League, but look ready to do so.
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Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham
The hot prospect in the Championship right now, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon has been a revelation since making his debut last season at the tender age of 16. Comfortable playing either as a full-back or winger, it remains to be seen where Sessegnon will play most regularly going forward - having scored 16 goals this season, including a crucial strike against Derby - and will likely have the pick of the Premier League’s top clubs in the summer.
Tom Cairney - Fulham
Sessegnon’s teammate and captain Tom Cairney is another player being monitored by sides in the Premier League, after Fulham turned down an offer from to soon-to-be relegated West Bromwich Albion in January. Tidy in possession with a cool head on his shoulders, Cairney is every bit the modern day footballer and has the requisite technical ability to play at the top level and we would have seen more from him had it not been for injuries this season.
James Maddison - Norwich
The shining light in an otherwise underwhelming campaign for Norwich, James Maddison’s emergence has been one of the storylines of the Championship season, netting 14 goals and chipping in with eight assists for the Canaries. Maddison is most exciting with the ball at his feet and his excellent form has seen him rewarded with an international call-up at under-21 level.
Ruben Neves - Wolves
The fact Ruben Neves has shone in the Championship with Wolves has come as little surprise to those who knew about the talented 20-year-old before he arrived from Porto for £15 million. Neves has been a mainstay in Nuno’s midfield this season and looks a class act. Wolves may struggle to keep hold of him this summer, despite promotion.
Diogo Jota - Wolves
Former Atletico Madrid and Porto forward Diogo Jota is another one of Wolves’ foreign exports to settle seamlessly intoto life in the Championship, having bagged himself 17 league goals this season. Jota, 21, still has bags of potential and room to improve and is another player that will be excited to show what he is capable of in the Premier League next season.
Bobby Reid - Bristol City
Previously a box-to-box midfielder struggling to hold down a regular place in the Bristol City team, a change of position to centre forward has turned Bobby Reid into one of the most-wanted players in the Championship. The 25-year-old scored 19 league goals for the Robins this season, but Lee Johnson’s side failed to make the play-offs.
Willy Boly - Wolves
Wolves will be desperate to sign French defender Willy Boly on a permanent transfer in the summer after a string of impressive performances from the man on-loan from Porto. Boly has been a key figure in Wolves’ back three, with his strong, physical style of play being well suited to English football.
Conor Hourihane - Aston Villa
A mainstay for Aston Villa this season, Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane will be hoping to play Premier League football for the first time in his career at Villa Park. A classy central midfielder, Hourihane combines technical skill with tenacity and has been a reliable figure for Steve Bruce to call upon this season and has also scored 11 goals from midfield to date.
Luke Freeman - QPR
QPR may be languishing in mid-table mediocrity, but their star player Luke Freeman enjoyed a fine individual season. A product of Arsenal’s academy, the talented midfielder has benefited from a free role and scored five times in a disappointing campaign for the Rs. It would be interesting to see how he would fare alongside a more talented squad in the top flight.
George Saville - Millwall
Millwall adapted superbly to life in the Championship this season, only to have their play-off hopes extinguished during the run-in. The former Chelsea man is a tough-tackling, industrious midfielder who is equally as effective with the ball, having scored 10 goals this term. International experience with Northern Ireland also stands him in good stead.