The quality in the Championship over the last four years has just got better and better and is a great platform now for young players to prove they are good enough to play in the Premier League.
Here is a look at four players who are impressing in the early stages of the season and look like they will be able to make the step up to the top flight in the near future.
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Slaven Bilic made full use of his contacts at West Ham to sign Grady Diangana on loan for the season for West Brom. Diangana looks to be relishing the opportunity to play football in the Championship as he has impressed for the Baggies in the opening three months of the season. The winger has contributed with goals and has been a dangerous threat in West Brom’s attack which is one of the reasons as to why they have made a flying start to their campaign this season. Once his spell at the Hawthorns is up, West Ham could certainly integrate him into their first-team squad.
Chelsea are showing the fruits of their policy to loan young English players out into the Championship with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount now shining in the Premier League. The early signs suggest Conor Gallagher may also be a regular for the Blues in the future as the 19-year-old is impressing for Charlton.
The all-round midfielder has scored five goals for the Addicks since joining on loan where he has made an immediate impact. Gallagher was voted Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Season for 2018/19 and it may not be long before he makes the step up into the Premier League for the senior team.
Kalvin Phillips was linked with a £30 million move to Aston Villa earlier in the summer but he opted to remain at Leeds where he signed a new five-year contract at the club. Phillips was in the Championship team of the season last year and he has already made a strong start to the new campaign in the defensive midfielder role for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Leeds have Championship betting odds of 11/8 to win the title this season so there is a good chance the Englishman will be in the Premier League next season for his current club, otherwise, there is sure to be a number of top-flight clubs testing Leeds’ resolve next summer.
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins is on course for his best season in the Championship as he has already scored eight goals for the Bees. The young Englishman is being linked with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United and both of those clubs may make a move for the goalscorer in January.
Watkins scored a hat-trick for Brentford in their 3-1 victory over Barnsley last month, which was another reminder of his ability at this level. At the age of just 23, Watkins is open to improvement and he will be hoping to get the chance to shine in the Premier League in the near future where he will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes Charlie Austin and Glenn Murray who were both able to continue scoring goals when they made the step up to the top flight.
It would be no surprise to see all four of the above players lining up in the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign.