The transfer window may well have shut, but Championship clubs still have a chance to sign players that could play a significant role in their quest for promotion.
On Tuesday the window opens for second-tier sides to loan players from the Premier League in ‘emergency situations’, which are rarely ever blocked.
With the influx of new stars to the English top flight over the summer, there are a wealth of able players that will most likely be available for season-long loan deals.
Some are experienced players out-of-favour, some young prodigies, but many have the ability to be the signing of the season for Championship sides. Here is the top five.
Jack Butland - Stoke
The brightest young English goalkeeper around, Butland is an excellent shot-stopper and natural talent. The England under-21 keeper moved to Stoke in January, but with Asmir Begovic the Potters’ number one, Butland needs to play this season if he is to win a place in England’s squad for the World Cup (assuming they get there).
John Guidetti – Manchester City
A forgotten man at Manchester City due to the sheer number of international attackers at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal, Guidetti is a mercurial talent with a real eye for goal.
The Sweden international made his name with 20 goals in 23 Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord in 2011-12, but has been rotting away in the City reserves since. For Championship teams, signing Guidetti on loan could well give them the division’s top goalscorer on a plate.
Jordon Ibe - Liverpool
Widely regarded as the top talent coming out of the Liverpool academy at the moment, Ibe has a bright future ahead of him but needs game time to aid his development. The 17-year-old is unlikely to feature for the Reds due to the summer’s attacking reinforcements, but could be a star for a Championship side.
He has already made his debut and scored for England under-19’s - Ibe is a tricky winger with all the skill and speed to be a real star for a Championship club.
Nathaniel Chalobah – Chelsea
A victim of the ever-increasing number of foreign stars heading to Stamford Bridge, Chalobah could well be the successor to Frank Lampard at club and national level if managed correctly. The 18-year-old spent last term on loan at Watford and was one of the club’s best players – he may well head back to Vicarage Road again for this season.
Alan Hutton - Aston Villa
The experienced Scottish defender once cost Tottenham £9 million, but is now on the outskirts of first-team action at Aston Villa. The former Rangers man failed to initiate a transfer away from the Birmingham-based club over the summer and would certainly be available for a loan to a Championship side.
Once adjudged as one of the best British attacking full-backs around, Hutton needs a successful season to get his career back on track.
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