Video: Eight players too good for the Championship: Including Leeds, Aston Villa and Wolves stars

 
 
Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates as Tim Ream of Fulham scores an own goal for their first during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage...

Players from Leeds United, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough are amongst HITC Sport's eight who are too good for the Championship.

With some big clubs situated in the Championship, it is no surprise that there are a number of players of Premier League quality around. And with that in mind, HITC Sport's YouTube channel has compiled a list of the top eight players who are too good for the second tier, including players from Leeds, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Wolves and Hull.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough claps the fans after the game during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium on September 24, 2016 in...

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)

Ben Gibson was very impressive in the Premier League last season with Middlesbrough but was unable to prevent their relegation as they seemed incapable of finding the back of the net. Boro's best piece of business from the transfer window was arguably keeping Gibson at the Riverside Stadium, and he will be hoping to inspire Garry Monk's men to promotion. If Middlesbrough miss out, it will surely become incredibly difficult to keep him for another year.

Tom Cairney (Fulham)

Tom Cairney was integral to Fulham's run to the play-off semi-finals last season, scoring 13 times and contributing 10 assists for the Cottagers. It was a surprise that Fulham did not seem to face a tougher task trying to keep him at Craven Cottage, and he ultimately signed a new four-year deal with the club in the summer, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)

Although Robert Snodgrass endured a miserable time at West Ham, there was surely no question that Aston Villa pulled off a fantastic deal bringing him to Villa Park on loan in the summer given that he has previously been excellent in the Championship and shone following Hull's promotion to the top flight in 2016. If Steve Bruce can help him find that form again, the Villans will stand a great chance of being in the promotion mix.

Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United)

When Pablo Hernandez is at his best, Leeds become an incredibly difficult side to keep quiet as his vision and creativity can unlock defences in the blink of an eye. The Elland Road faithful's biggest criticism of the former Swansea man is that he can go missing sometimes, but he scored six and contributed eight assists in the league last season.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds is tackled by Bradley Johnson of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds,...

Kamil Grosicki (Hull City)

Kamil Grosicki was unable to help keep Hull up in the Premier League last season, but he has started the current campaign quite brilliantly for the Tigers, scoring two and making three assists for his teammates. His consistency can be a problem, but Leonid Slutsky's side look a considerably better outfit with him in their ranks. 

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)

After a slow start at Aston Villa, Conor Hourihane has really shown this season why the Villans looked to sign him from Barnsley in January. He has scored five goals already from the centre of midfield and a future spell in the Premier League appears to be inevitable for the Irishman. 

Diogo Jota of Wolves in action during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Diogo Jota (Wolves)

Another player who has been brilliant at the start of this season is Wolves' Diogo Jota. The youngster moved to Molineux on loan from Atletico Madrid, and has already scored five goals for Nuno Espirito Santo's men to leave them right in the automatic-promotion mix after these early stages.

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United)

The final player on this list is Leeds defender Pontus Jansson. The Swede is a colossus at the back, frequently making brilliant blocks and challenges and the Whites appear to be a much stronger side with him at centre-back. Leeds should arguably worry about what the future may hold for Jansson if they do not manage to go up this season as he will surely have no shortage of offers coming his way.

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