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Coventry City's Gustavo Hamer celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship play-off final

The 7 Championship stars who are ready to take the Premier League by storm

From Jarrod Bowen to Michael Olise, the Championship has produced plenty of gems over the years and the league is currently a hotbed of talent.

Premier League sides will often send their scouts to the Championship as there is great value to be had in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues.

We’ve taken a look through the league and picked out seven Championship stars who are ready to take the Premier League by storm.

Gustavo Hamer

Coventry fans have already had to say goodbye to Viktor Gyokeres this summer after he penned a move to Sporting. To then lose Hamer in the same window would be a hammer blow.

Plenty of Premier League clubs have been sniffing around and it’s no surprise to see why. The holding midfielder has been one of the best players in the league for some time now.

To put it simply, he is the complete midfielder. Someone who is capable of threatening the eye of a needle pass, scoring a long-range belter and crunching into opposition players with a biting tackle.

The 26-year-old scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists from midfield last summer and has just one year left to run on his current contract. Surely a move to the Premier League is on the cards?

Zian Flemming

Burnley have already had a couple of bids knocked back for the Millwall forward and they likely won’t be alone in their interests either. He added a new dynamic to Gary Rowett’s side last season and already looks capable of the step up.

Flemming can score and create goals with ease and would be an asset to plenty of Premier League sides. Having already shown his worth in the Eredivisie and Championship, the Premier League could be his next destination.

Jack Clarke

His move to Tottenham back in 2019 just came too soon for him. At that point, he wasn’t ready for the top flight and he still needed to hone his craft in the EFL.

Fast forward a few years and Clarke has gone from a boy to a man. The Sunderland winger lit things up alongside Amad Diallo last season and the sky really is the limit for Clarke.

The 22-year-old is one of the best dribblers in the Championship and he’s attracted interest from the likes of Brentford, Crystal Palace, Everton and Burnley.

Alex Scott

Having already slapped a £25million valuation on his head, Bristol City are well aware of how good Scott is and the potential he holds. A silky operator on the ball who sees things before anyone else.

Even Pep Guardiola is a fan.

Bristol City's Alex Scott, who has been declared fit for the Sky Bet Championship clash with West Brom.

READ: Alex Scott’s laser-sharp vision even has Pep Guardiola drooling over him

Chuba Akpom

The turnaround in form Akpom has had at Middlesbrough under Michael Carrick has been nothing short of sensational. Prior to the 2022-23 campaign, Akpom had never scored double figures in a league campaign. Last season he managed to bag 28.

Playing as a secondary striker, he’s hit levels no one thought he was capable of. “I think he’s the manager I’ve been dreaming of my whole career,” Akpom told Metro Sport when discussing Carrick.

“Honestly, he’s a pleasure to work with, I go out there and give 110 per cent and I want to fight for the manager because he’s shown so much trust and confidence in me, and I really appreciate it.”

Joel Piroe

Having scored 41 goals across the last two Championship campaigns, a move for Piroe seems more than likely this summer. Having now entered the final 12 months of his contract, this could be the ideal time for Swansea to cash in.

The Dutch forward is a player who can craft out chances for himself and he has a ferocious left foot. There’s no doubt that Piroe has the makings of a Premier League footballer.

Ilias Chair

QPR have a knack for developing technically excellent number 10s, from Adel Taarabt to Eberechi Eze. Morrocan playmaker Chair looks like their next star in line.

Despite QPR’s drastic tail-off in form last season, Chair looked a cut above the rest. The diminutive midfielder created 96 chances and was one of the best creative outlets in the league.


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