It’s interesting to note that the EFL Championship is among the top five leagues in the world in terms of spending, with the wealth of the Premier League having gradually been redistributed through ongoing parachute payments for relegated sides.
As a result, the 24-team Championship is one of the most competitive and challenging leagues in the world, and one that features a number of highly talented players that wouldn’t look out of place in the top flight.
We’ve listed our top three below, while asking what sets these players apart from others in the EFL Championship.
#3. John Swift (West Bromwich Albion)
This 26-year-old midfielder was statistically dominant at Reading last season, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 13 from an attacking midfield berth.
Interestingly, no player in any of Europe’s top five leagues reached the 10 goals, 10 assist mark before Swift, with the former Chelsea academy graduate truly exceptional in terms of his output.
He’s also a veteran of more than 200 Championship games, and he hopes to lead his new club West Bromwich Albion to promotion having been signed during the summer.
#2. Ben Brereton Diaz (Blackburn Rovers)
There are few more improved EFL players than Ben Brereton, who has emerged from his surprise Copa America call-up last summer (for Chile) as a far more prolific and consistent striker.
Such was the quality of his performances in the Copa America, thousands of Blackburn fans used the 1xBet Welcome Code to place a slew of bets at 1,000/1 on him hitting 20 goals last season. He duly hit the mark in December, continuing his form as Rovers emerged as surprising candidates for a play-off place.
Previously, the striker has scored just nine Championship goals in three seasons, but the 22-year-old is now considered one of the league’s deadliest strikers.
#1. Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)
Few players are more qualified to feature on this list than Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis, with the striker being one of the few Hornets’ performers to keep his head high during a disappointing 2021/22 campaign.
While his form tailed off as Watford plunged towards the EPL trap door, he still managed to score 10 goals in 33 appearances for the struggling Hornets, while contributing six assists and a goal involvement every two games or so on average.
He looked bright on Watford’s EPL return against Sheffield United last Monday, and could cause a significant headache for Championship defences alongside the similarly talented Ismaïla Sarr.