Championship Players of the Week: Matchday One

Sheffield Wednesday, Watford, Bournemouth and Derby County players feature.

Which four players excelled in their positions this week - including former Italian youth international and debutant striker?

Goalkeeper - Lee Grant - Derby County

31-year old Grant was a vital part of Derby County's run to the Play-Off final last season, impressing in every minute of the Rams' 49 game Championship season.

The former England Under-21 international has started the season in much the same way, helping his teammates to a 1-0 victory over Championship new boys Rotherham United. The Millers' recorded six strikes on target - the highest without a goal being scored on the day - and Grant single-handedly kept out four of those strikes. His solid display in goal meant that Jeff Hendrick's single strike was enough to give Derby all three points with an opening day win.

Defender - Gabriele Angella - Watford

Former Italian Under-21 international Angella had a fantastic first season in English football, being one of few highlights in a rather dreary 2013/14 season for Watford.

A highly talented ball-playing defender, the 25-year old scored seven times last season from centre-back, and his attacking play has continued in much the same manner, registering two assists on the opening day of the season - whilst also helping the Hornets to a clean sheet. In the 3-0 home victory over Bolton, Angella laid on the first and third goals with precise long range passes for Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri respectively. If Angella can continue his form into the season, the Premier League may be a viable target for Watford to aim for.

Midfielder - Giles Coke - Sheffield Wednesday

Central midfielder Coke scored arguably the goal of the weekend - a sweetly struck first-time curling effort into the far corner - to top off a winning start to the season for the Owls.

With a pass accuracy of 88% and 66 touches, the 28-year old - who has been based at Hillsborough since 2010 - controlled the game with a dominating performance over the Brighton midfield. Having already matched his goal tally from last season, the Englishman will be hoping to improve upon his 28 appearances for the Owls and cement himself as a key part of Stuart Gray's side.

Forward - Callum Wilson - AFC Bournemouth

Coventry City's Player of the Season for 2013/14, 22-year old Callum Wilson earned himself a £3 million move to the Championship following an impressive 22-goal haul for the Sky Blues in League One.

Signing to the Cherries as a replacement for last seasons club top scorer Lewis Grabban, who joined Norwich this summer, was always going to be a step up for the Coventry-born youngster, but on the opening weekend he seems to have grabbed his chance with both hands. Scoring twice in Bournemouth's destruction of Huddersfield was the perfect way to introduce himself to the league, although he failed to capitalise on the opportunity for a hat-trick - missing a penalty late in the game. If the youngster can continue to score at the same rate, he may be enough to lead the Cherries to promotion.

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