The Championship's pre-season top goalscorers - Tottenham Hotspur loanee Grant Ward leads the way

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Derby County, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City forwards are among those that closely follow Tottenham Hotspur loanee Grant Ward as the Championship's pre-season top goalscorer.

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Grant Ward has hit the ground running at Rotherham United, with his five pre-season goals making him the highest scoring player to be playing Championship football next season. 

The 20-year-old, who has joined the South Yorkshire club on a six-month loan deal, has excited supporters with goals against Parkgate FC, Stocksbridge Park Stealers, Leicester City and a brace against Alfreton Town ahead of the coming season. 

Although the winger is not expected to top the goalscoring charts in the Championship, he will no doubt go into the season with a lot of confidence and hope that he can have a big impact for the Millers

The other Championship-based top goalscorers this pre-season are as follows:
Johnny Russell - Derby County - 4. (Derby County official site)
Joe Mason - Cardiff City - 4. (Cardiff City official site)
Nahki Wells - Huddersfield Town - 4. (Huddersfield Town official site)
Brett Pitman - Ipswich Town - 4. (Ipswich Town Flashscore)
Luke Jutkiewicz - Burnley - 4. (Burnley official site)
Jordan Hugill - Preston North End - 4. (Preston North End official site)
Joe Garner - Preston North End - 4. (Preston North End official site)
Andre Gray - Brentford - 4. (Brentford Flashscore)
Gary Madine - Bolton Wanderers - 4. (Bolton Flashscore)

Analysis:

Pre-season is a good time to spot players who could cause a surprise in the coming season as some tend to carry their fine form through even if they are not expected to do so.

Russell, who has outscored Chris Martin, Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann and Tom Ince for Derby this pre-season, will need to work hard to keep his place in the side as competition for attacking positions is intense. He has started very well, but will undoubtedly need to show a similar goal threat in the league in order to keep the arguably bigger names in the squad on the bench. 

Jutkiewicz, Mason and Madine will all be hoping to resurrect their goalscoring reputations this season, after a number of years out of the spotlight. While Gray, Garner, and Pitman will just look to carry on where they left off last season as their club's main frontman. 

Hugill is the major shock of the group, and perhaps a name to remember, otherwise it's all players who are largely expected to play a key part in their club's aims this coming season.

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