Goalkeeper: David Stockdale
The newly signed Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper has proven that he is a decent stopper at the top level and he should be a key player at his new club.
Brighton are a side that are developing at a very fast rate, with a freshly built stadium providing them with a rush of new supporters and they will be hoping that they achieve promotion to the Premier League this season.
For the past two campaigns the club have fallen short in the playoffs, but they have upgraded their goalkeeper this year and will be hoping that he can provide them with a solid platform to build from.
Left-back: Tommy Rowe
The transfer of Tommy Rowe to Wolverhampton Wanderers may not have raised too many eyebrows, but it could be one of the deals of the summer.
Brought in on a free transfer from Peterborough United, Rowe impressed last time he was at this level – in the 2012/13 campaign, where he won the player of the season award at London Road.
A naturally attacking left-back, who can cause no end of problems for defences with his dribbling skills, he can also defend well and he should thrive in a Wolves side who have one of the best defences in the league.
Centre-back: Danny Batth
The Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was a rock at the heart of their defence in their League One promotion campaign last year and he will continue to be a mainstay this season.
Already linked with a big money move to the top level, Wolves have moved to say that the young defender will continue to be part of their plans and is not for sale.
You can’t blame them, either, as he possesses all the attributes necessary within a modern footballer.
Powerful in the air, but comfortable enough with the ball at his feet he will be key in Wolves’ first season back in the Championship as they look to make an immediate impression.
Centre-back: Richard Keogh
It was cruel luck for Richard Keogh that is was his mis-hit clearance that cost Derby County promotion in the play-off final last year, given he was one of their star performers throughout the campaign.
A robust defender, who is also adept with the ball at his feet, Keogh is an excellent player at this level and he will be more determined than anyone to ensure that Derby live up to their billing as promotion favourites.
Right-back: Sam Byram
The Leeds United full-back came through with much promise, but it is time that he really began to step up this season.
Byram has energy in abundance and all the skills required to be a real success and drive the club onto the next level, but he has to push on this year.
He will be one of the players most experienced in English football in Leeds’ starting line-up this season, despite his tender years, and will need to start showing he is a man that the Whites can start to build their team around.
Left midfield: Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond was a hit in the Premier League last season, so should be able to do no end of damage to Championship defences this campaign.
The former Birmingham man is direct in his approach – running at defenders at speed and going straight for goal – but sometimes his final-ball can be lacking and a season in the second tier may do him no harm.
At the age of 20, he still has plenty of time to adapt and, whatever happens this year, this is likely to be his last season for the foreseeable future playing outside the Championship as Norwich will face a struggle to keep him if they fail to go up.
Central midfield: Craig Bryson
The Derby man notched 16 times for the club last season and will be hoping to repeat that feat against this year.
An energetic midfielder, his late runs into the box often went untracked and he thrived under life with Steve McClaren in charge.
A lot of attention from outside is Derby is given to the prodigiously talented Will Hughes, but Bryson outperformed him last year and will be hoping to do similar again.
Central midfield: James McArthur
The star man for a Wigan Athletic side that are expected to go well this season, James McArthur should play a key role in Uwe Rosler’s side’s push for promotion back to the Premier League.
A combative midfielder, who can also dictate the play, McArthur has been the subject of much Premier League interest, but looks set to stay with Wigan for the upcoming campaign at least.
Right midfield: Moses Odubajo
Brought from Leyton Orient for around £1 million this summer, Brentford pulled off quite a coup signing Odubajo ahead of a host of other Premier League and Championship clubs.
The right-winger is blessed with a wicked combination of pace and skill and at 21-years-old is one of the finest prospects outside the top level.
He will be looking to show that he can perform at Championship level and, in a side who look like they could be the division’s surprise package, he shouldn’t have too many problems.
Striker: Ross McCormack
Ross McCormack’s departure from Leeds United for Fulham this year raised a lot of eyebrows, given the Cottagers parted with £11 million to secure their man.
That fee appears excessive for a player who has still never played a Premier League game, but if he repeats last season’s feat with his new club it could just turn out to be value for money.
McCormack is undoubtedly a talent and at this level he is a threat to any defence.
He scored 28 times last year for Leeds and he will be looking to emulate that feat again in the upcoming campaign.
Striker: Jordan Rhodes
With every season that Jordan Rhodes spents in the Football League it becomes more clear that he should be plying his trade at the top level.
The striker has scored a ridiculous amount of goals Huddersfield Town and, now, Blackburn Rovers over the past three years and there are no signs that he will stop finding the back of the net this campaign.
With Rovers finally looking a settled outfit, thanks to Gary Bowyer, Rhodes is set to shine this year and may even better last season’s total of 25 goals.
The Scotland international is a complete centre-forward and would be an asset to any side, as he combines good aerial presence, with a deadly finish and excellent ball control – it is just a surprise to see him in the Championship once again.
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