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The Championship is one of English football’s most important pillars, with numerous Premier League stars and members of the national team getting their big break in the second tier.

And this season has been no different, with numerous players once not known about 12 months ago now exploded onto the scene and now catching the eye of some of the biggest clubs in the country.

Indeed, the Championship is one of the best leagues in Europe for a young player to enhance their game and to develop into a more complete athlete, and here are just seven names aged 23 or under who could make Premier League moves this summer.

Djed Spence

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If there’s one player who has gone from zero to 100 this season, it’s Djed Spence, who out on loan with Nottingham Forest has become one of the Championship’s most exciting talents and looks set for a Premier League move this summer.

Wanted by the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and FC Barcelona, Middlesbrough are reportedly demanding £20m for the right-back, yet based on Spence’s performances this season, that fee could be worth it for any club looking to sign a highly talented fullback.

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson joined Bristol City just one year ago from Oxford United, though the 23-year-old centre-back has already established himself as one of the most exciting defensive talents in the Championship this season.

Growing up in France and coming through the AS Cannes academy, Atkinson has been a vital player for the Robins since arriving 12 months ago, and whilst a Premier League move might be too soon for the defender, the youngster could be worth a punt for a club looking to sign a promising centre-back.

Marcus Tavernier

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The second Middlesbrough player to feature on this list, Marcus Tavernier has long been viewed by those at the Riverside as a player who has the potential to play at the top, and this summer could finally see that prophecy come to fruition.

The versatile winger has developed well under Chris Wilder this season, and at 23, Tavernier is at the perfect age to move to the Premier League from the Championship and take the next step in his promising career.

Lewis O’Brien

A player who Marcelo Bielsa was reportedly desperate to sign for Leeds last summer and in January, Lewis O’Brien has responded to rumours of a move to Elland Road with an incredible campaign with Huddersfield Town.

A play-off finish and a starring role in the midfield for the Terriers will no doubt put more Premier League clubs on O’Brien’s scent, and Huddersfield could expect to make a huge profit on the 23-year-old midfielder this summer.

Brennan Johnson

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Forest have been the surprise team of the season, and Brennan Johnson has arguably been the club’s best player throughout the campaign, with the Welsh international taking his game to new heights.

Double digits in goals and assists has put the 20-year-old trickster on the radar of multiple Premier League clubs, and with Forest reportedly open to a sale, Johnson could well be the next attacking talent to take the English top-flight by storm if he moves to the right team.

Viktor Gyokeres

Taking the drop from the Premier League to the Championship can sometimes be the best decision a player can make, and Viktor Gyokeres is a testament to that statement after a phenomenal breakout year with Coventry City.

18 goals in all competitions has seen the 23-year-old earn his first professional caps with Sweden, and Coventry could expect to sell Gyokeres in the coming transfer windows for a huge profit if the striker continues his impressive form.

Ben Brereton Diaz

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After becoming an international sensation with Chile last summer, Ben Brereton Diaz took his game to a whole new level by becoming a goalscoring phenom with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

With the likes of Leeds, Newcastle United and Sevilla all reportedly interested in the versatile attacker, Brereton looks set for a huge move this summer in what could be a club-record sale for Blackburn, much to the dismay of Rovers’ fans.