Transfer news: 10 Championship players on Premier League clubs’ radar – FULL LIST | Football | Sport
The Championship play-off final is all that remains as another fascinating season draws to a close.
Aston Villa and Derby are set to battle it out for the reward of joining Norwich and Sheffield United in the Premier League next season.
We look at 10 stars from the Championship that have the potential to make the grade in the top flight.
Players on loan from Premier League sides have not been included and neither have players from the already-promoted clubs.
Jack Grealish, Aston Villa
Grealish has unfinished business in the top flight with only 16 Premier League starts to his name. He would love to make the step back up with his beloved Villa but he faces the prospect of a fourth successive season in the Championship if they lose to Derby in the play-off final. Grealish knows he does not have forever but there would be shortage of admirers if he decided to leave, with Tottenham said to be among them.
Jarrod Bowen, Hull City
Bowen has scored 37 goals over the past two campaigns playing from the right wing. He was playing for free at Hereford United just five years ago but his future looks bright. Former Hull team-mates Andy Robertson and Harry Maguire have impressed in the Premier League and there is a belief that Bowen could do the same.
Daniel James, Swansea City
James failed to get a game in League One at Shrewsbury 18 months ago but he has enjoyed a rapid rise since then. Manchester United are reportedly keen to bring the 21-year-old winger to Old Trafford. In March his weaving runs and blistering pace caused real problems for Manchester City’s defence. Pep Guardiola said: “James is incredibly fast, it is not easy [to defend].”
Danny Loader, Reading
Wolves are among the names looking at Loader as well as a host of Bundesliga clubs. The Reading striker is still only 18 but won the U17 World Cup with England in 2017. He has just eight league starts to his name after making his full debut in November but his first senior goal highlighted his talent, when he fired a brilliant strike into the top corner at Middlesbrough in April.
Ezri Konsa, Brentford
Brentford’s head coach, Thomas Frank, believes it is only a matter of time before Konsa is playing Premier League football. The centre-back, a Charlton academy graduate, will be looking to join former Brentford players James Tarkowski, John Egan and Chris Mepham in the top flight.
Neal Maupay, Brentford
Maupay notched 25 goals in an impressive season for Brentford, so top-flight interest in the 22-year-old is understandable. Maupay started his career under Claude Puel at Nice but Brentford will likely command a fee of around £20m this summer.
Said Benrahma, Brentford
Recruited from Nice last summer, Benrahma starred in his debut season in England, hitting 10 goals and providing a league-high 14 assists. Those numbers are even more impressive considering he started just 63% of Championship fixtures.
Adam Webster, Bristol City
Since arriving from Ipswich for £3.5million, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Championship. Webster is a modern centre-back who has displayed his intelligence countless times this season. He has also been utilised in midfield in a 4-2-2-2 formation and Bristol head coach Lee Johnson famously said last year: “I’m only selling [Aden] Flint if you get me Webster.”
Luca Connell, Bolton
The 18-year-old has played beyond his years since being fast-tracked into the starting line-up at stricken Bolton. Connell is out of contract next month and is set to move on after 10 years at the club. Southampton and Brighton reportedly had bids rejected in January while Tottenham, Watford and Wolves are also said to be interested.
Che Adams, Birmingham City
Birmingham face a difficult task in keeping hold of Adams this summer. The feeling even from his early days at Ilkeston was that he was destined for the top. Despite Birmingham’s off-field troubles, Adams still smashed in 22 goals and has drawn comparisons to Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson.