With the Championship season now underway while the transfer window remains open, HITC Sport's YouTube channel has taken the opportunity to look at arguably 10 of the best signings made by Championship clubs so far this summer, including acquisitions made by the likes of Aston Villa, Leeds, Sunderland, Wolves and Nottingham Forest...
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland)
Aiden McGeady was terrific on loan at Preston North End last season - scoring eight times - so it is no surprise that Simon Grayson looked to sign him again after being appointed Sunderland boss this summer. The Black Cats will certainly need all of his creativity if they hope to bounce back at the first time of asking following last season's relegation.
Vurnon Anita (Leeds United)
In terms of the best bargain deals, Leeds' acquisition of Vurnon Anita on a free transfer has the potential to be right up there. The utility man proved his class in the Whites' opening day win over Bolton, and his ability to play almost anywhere across the pitch should surely boost Leeds' chances of building upon the promise they showed last season.
Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest)
After three prolific seasons in the Scottish Championship with Hibernian, Jason Cummings earned a move to Nottingham Forest this summer. He was an unused substitute on the opening day as Forest beat Millwall 1-0, but it would hardly be a surprise to see him feature much more prominently in the near future.
Tom Huddlestone (Derby County)
After 12 years away, Tom Huddlestone returned to Derby County in the summer. The midfielder has spent most of his career in the Premier League and would surely love nothing more than to guide the Rams back to the highest level. He played the full 90 minutes as Derby began their season with a draw at Sunderland.
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest)
Daryl Murphy played a small role in guiding Newcastle to promotion last season, and he will be hoping to do the same with Nottingham Forest. The veteran forward will be hoping to replicate the form he showed during his time with Ipswich in particular while he is at Forest.
As HITC Sport's YouTube channel points out, anyone who has played Football Manager down the years will feel that Brentford may have pulled off a masterful coup by bringing Neal Maupay to Griffin Park as he is often backed for a bright future on the game. The midfielder only got a brief amount of game-time in the Bees' defeat to Sheffield United, so it is certainly too soon to judge whether Brentford have indeed pulled off a transfer masterstroke.
David Stockdale (Birmingham City)
Birmingham fans will surely be delighted after they brought David Stockdale in following his exit from Brighton earlier in the window. Like Leeds' deal for Anita, signing Stockdale on a free could well prove to be a contender for bargain of the summer - especially if the Blues' new stopper replicates the form that he showed during the Seagulls' promotion-winning campaign.
After a prolific time at Nottingham Forest, Britt Assombalonga joined Middlesbrough for £15 million this summer, according to BBC Sport. There are few more reliable goalscorers in the Championship than the Boro record signing, so if he can stay fit, it would hardly be a surprise if Garry Monk's men are right in the promotion mix this season.
Ruben Neves (Wolves)
Few deals in the Championship this summer captured the imagination quite as much as Wolves' acquisition of Ruben Neves, which the Daily Mail reports cost the Molineux outfit £15.8 million. The 20-year-old showed some extremely positive signs in Wolves' opening day win over Boro.
John Terry (Aston Villa)
Aston Villa's signing of John Terry appears on paper to be an absolute masterstroke from the Villans. If the Premier League legend can keep the hunger and will to win and proves to be the leader for Villa that he was for so long at Chelsea, then it would be difficult to imagine Villa Park not being a top flight ground once again next season.
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