Championship 2016/17 - Top 10 players to watch

  • The 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season is upon us
  • There will be plenty of talent on display as always in the English second tier
  • There are 10, in particular, to keep an eye on
Matt Ritchie has made the switch from AFC Bournemouth to Newcastle United (credit:the-championship.com)

The 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season is rapidly approaching us, as 24 teams prepare to battle it out over 552 matches for promotion to the Premier League.

Here, we pick out 10 players to keep a close eye on during the forthcoming campaign...

Ross McCormack – Aston Villa


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The Scottish striker has scored 116 goals in the Championship – including reaching double figures in four of the last five seasons – and will be keen to fire Aston Villa up the table this year.

Tom Ince – Derby County


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The tricky winger, and son of former England midfielder Paul, is well accustomed to the second tier and was involved in 20 of Derby’s goals last season. After losing in the Play-Offs last term, he is aiming to go the extra couple of steps with the Rams this time around.

Fernando Forestieri – Sheffield Wednesday


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The Italian has found his feet again at Hillsborough after falling out of favour at Watford and, after 15 goals last season, will look to hit the ground running once more.

Robbie Brady – Norwich City


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Despite suffering two Premier League relegations on the bounce with the Canaries and Hull City, the creativity of Brady down the left wing provided rare positives in both cases. Following an impressive Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland, he will want to repeat those exploits at Carrow Road this year.

Alan Judge – Brentford


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The joint-leading assist provider last year with 11, the winger’s impressive form earned him a first international cap with the Republic of Ireland, and the Griffin Park faithful will be counting on him to deliver the goods once more this season.

Nahki Wells – Huddersfield Town


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The Terriers’ top scorer in each of his two seasons at the John Smith’s Stadium, the 5 ft 7 striker is aiming to make it third time lucky and drag them into the top half of the table in 2016/17.

Matt Ritchie – Newcastle United


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Eyebrows were raised when the former Bournemouth winger swapped the Premier League for the Championship but, having topped the assist charts with 17 during the Cherries’ promotion campaign two seasons ago, Ritchie will be looking to inspire the Magpies in a similar way.

Will Grigg – Wigan Athletic


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The Northern Ireland striker was on fire last season with his 25 goals helping the Latics climb back into the Championship, while he also earned a call-up to Euro 2016. Gary Caldwell will be hoping for more of the same from him this term.

Tom Bradshaw – Barnsley


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The Wales striker earned a call-up after a ratio of just under a goal every two games over two seasons with Walsall in League One, and will be looking to make a smooth transition into the Championship at Oakwell.

Kemar Roofe – Leeds United


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Garry Monk spent £3 million on the former Oxford United striker, who netted 18 goals during the U’s League Two promotion campaign last year, and expectations will be high on the 23-year-old to deliver at Elland Road. 


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Championship 2016/17 - Top 10 players to watch

The 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season is rapidly approaching us, as 24 teams prepare to battle it out over 552 matches for promotion to the Premier League. Here, we pick out 10 players to keep a close eye on during the forthcoming campaign...

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