Derby, Forest and Charlton stars named as the Championship’s best buys

Charlton Athletic

Derby County’s Cyrus Christie, Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio and Charlton Athletic’s Igor Vetokele have all been named as Sky Bet’s best value for money summer signings.

Derby County’s Cyrus Christie, Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio and Charlton Athletic’s Igor Vetokele have all been named as Sky Bet’s best value for money summer signings.

The shortlist has been drawn up as part of the Sky Bet Transfer fund, which gives fans the chance to win £250,000 for their Football League club to spend on signing new players or on player’s wages in the January transfer window, in addition to a personal cash prize of £5,000.

Of the three Championship players selected – Christie, Antonio and Vetokele – the benefit of each player to the team can be seen in their side’s position in the league table.

Cyrus Christie has been ever-present in Derby County’s rise to the top of the league, and has won the praise of the Rams fans who see the player on an equal standing, if not better than last season’s Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom.

  TeamTotal TacklesTotal CrossesTotal DribblesTotal PassesAccurate PassesAssistsKey PassesTouchesMins Played
Cyrus Christie Derby 21 72 40 540 435 4 19 962 1,080

Michail Antonio, who saved Forest twice from defeat on Tuesday night, has had a great start to the season, scoring seven and assisting six league goals. Forest, who haven’t won in six games, know their run won’t go on much longer if the former Sheffield Wednesday player keeps on performing like he has done.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesTotal PassesAccurate PassesTotal DribblesTotal CrossesTouchesMins Played
Michail Antonio Forest 7 6 14 293 156 51 55 622 1,059

Igor Vetokele makes the list after helping a much improved Charlton from the bottom parts of the table, where they spent most of last season, to the verge of the play-offs. The former FC Copenhagen striker has netted six goals in 12 games for Addicks this season, assisting one. 

  TeamGoalsScoring AttemptsOn Target Scoring AttemptsTotal PassesAccurate PassesAerial Duels Won AssistsTouchesMins Played
Igor Vetokele Charlton 6 19 13 223 150 42 1 398 1,034

All three players have played a huge part in their team's success so far this season and all three could argue that they deserve it more than the others. 

Cyrus Christie is comfortably the cheapest out of the trio, with the Rams paying a fee believed to be in the region of £100,000 to £300,000 for his services, and his impact has been just as valuable as other two.

He has proven, time and again, his engine means he is a constant threat throughout any game and can be as influential as a top Championship winger as well as keeping things tight at the back, as shown by Derby conceding fewer goals than their Championship rivals.

Michail Antonio has been instrumental for Forest, and there is an argument to be had to where they would be without his goals and assists which amount to more than half of the goals Forest have scored this season. He keeps on proving that the £1.5million fee for him was fully justified, and shows promise of a player that could fire the Reds into the Premier League. 

Igor Vetokele may not have had the same calibre of start as the other two but his impact and quality has rubbed off on a Charlton side that was lingering near the relegation zone last season. That being said, any player to come from overseas and score at a rate of one in every two games is worth their weight in gold. 

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