Wolves, Derby, PNE? Which team has the best strike force in the Championship?

Benik Afobe

Plenty of money has been spent in the Championship this summer, and the league looks set to be stronger than ever before.

The summer transfer window has seen a lot of money being spent in the Championship as clubs take bigger risks in order to try and get promotion to the promised land.

With the television money that comes with promotion to the Premier League, clubs are realising that it may be worthwhile spending more now in an attempt to reap the rewards next season.

Of course any team striving for promotion will need goals aplenty in their team. Callum Wilson and Troy Deeney found the net on a regular basis for Bournemouth and Watford; last year's top two. There are some fantastic strikers amongst the 24 sides in the Championship this season with many more linked.

As things stand, Charlie Austin remains at Queens Park Rangers, although Chris Ramsey has admitted he is likely to leave the club before the end of the transfer window as reported by BBC Sport.

QPR may still be able to get a few games out of him before any potential move. Another Championship striker who is hot property is Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers. Middlesbrough are keen to bring him to The Riverside, and are reported to be willing to pay £14 million according to the Daily Mail.

'Boro are keen to strengthen up front after two of last year's key players; Jelle Vossen and Patrick Bamford moved on after their loan spells. Vossen has moved to Burnley and the relegated side have a strong selection of strikers for this season. Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes, Marvin Sordell and Lukas Jutkiewicz all have plenty of experience in the Championship. Even though the Clarets have lost Danny Ings, they have goals in their team.

QPR will need to recruit a couple of strikers to offset the loss of Austin and Bobby Zamora. They have brought in Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Jamie Mackie, but Ramsey will know he'll have some money available from any impending Austin transfer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to improve on their impressive campaign last season, and despite losing Bakary Sako, they have an exciting choice of attacking options. They are set to sign Adam Le Fondre on loan from Cardiff City as reported by BBC Sport.

The former Reading striker hasn't settled in Wales but showed last season at Bolton Wanderers he is a great striker at this level scoring eight in 17 games. Of course he has proved himself in the league above as well. Add to the fact Nouha Dicko and Benik Afobe both had great season's last time round (scoring 27 league goals between them). With those options Wolves are sure to be in the mix for a top six finish.

Preston North End have two strikers set to hit the ground running after a fantastic finish to their last season. Jermaine Beckford scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 play-off final victory against Swindon Town, and he has now joined the club permanently. He will be able to resume his partnership with Joe Garner who has scored 50 goals in the last two seasons. He will be relishing the chance to test himself in the Championship again. North End have also added the highly rated Will Keane on loan from United, and the Lilywhites have some great options to cause problems to opposition defences.

Last season's top scorer in the Championship was Daryl Murphy and he has stayed with Ipswich Town for this season. His 27 goals last time round aided The Tractor Boys' play-off push. Freddie Sears also ended the season strongly for them and David McGoldrick will be looking to make a bigger impact. Mick McCarthy has also added Brett Pittman from Bournemouth.

Dame N'Doye, Nikica Jelavic, Abel Henandez and Sone Aluko currently provide Hull City manager Steve Bruce with great options for this league. Sky Sports have reported that Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom is having a medical at the club ahead of a loan move as well. 

Derby County have a strong array of strikers after securing the permanent signings of Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann from Aston Villa. Bent could still do a job in the Premier League and it would be surprising if Derby didn't make the top six this time round. This adds to Chris Martin, and Jonny Russell at the club. With Tom Ince also now a permanent member of the squad, the aforementioned strikers will have great support in the coming season.

The three promoted sides last season all had players with more than 20 goals in the league, and it is key if your side are looking for a sustained promotion push. There's plenty of quality throughout the Championship this season and the competition for top scorer in the league will be a hotly contested one.

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