If there is one thing we expect from the championship, it is surprises.
We do our best each season to predict which teams will challenge at the top of the table, and you can absolutely guarantee that by the end of the season there will be a few teams up there that you bet on Down.
It’s similar with players. We always think We know which players to look out for, but let’s face it, there is always a youngster or a newcomer who comes out of nowhere to absolutely break the league.
In this sense, 90min took a look at some of the new additions to this year’s championship that we think are worth looking out for …
George Honeyman looked like a real gamer on his breakthrough at Sunderland in 2017/18 and has moved on since joining Hull in 2019.
The midfielder was by far the Tigers’ standout player last season – basically accepting every award that was offered at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony – and if Hull is to avoid engaging in a relegation battle to become, he will be the key.
Martin Payero hasn’t been announced as a Middlesbrough player yet, but with papers signed and a medical report completed, we’re just waiting for the youngster to return from the Olympics.
With only 37 appearances in a senior career, it’s hard to know what to expect from the midfielder, but with Boro reported 5.8 million real players in there with a lack of funds – right?
The Fulham Academy has been producing some high-profile junior players for a few years now, but the club seem damned like not to give the majority of them a chance in the first team.
Next year is likely to be a little different as a lot of spending is expected in the coming weeks to bring down their labor costs and as such we could offer young people an opportunity.
Marlon Fossey is one of the best players her academy has produced lately and if the quick full-back gets his chance, he could become one of the breakout stars of the season.
Much like Fulham, West Brom are expected to remove some high earners from their payroll before the transfer window closes.
If Valerien Ismael can hold on to players like Kenneth Zohore and Karlan Grant, the Baggies will have great hitting power, but we all know that it takes a lot more than two strikers to succeed in a 46-game season.
Callum Morton has impressed during his numerous loan appearances outside the Hawthorns and Ismael could see next season as the perfect chance to offer him his first-team chance.
Speaking of goal scorers …
Of course, getting to the next level is always a challenge, but if you scored 31 goals in 45 league games the previous season, you will likely be fine.
Nobody came anywhere near the top flight record of Jonson Clarke-Harris last season, and we will make him the lowest cash next season with an absolute minimum in the double digits.
I already regret saying that.
With the financial burden clubs have been facing lately, it’s no surprise to see big money deals at a premium, despite Swansea’s £ 1m capture of Joel Piroe – which could potentially amount to £ 2m.
The youngster is referred to as “the next Ruud van Nistelrooy” – this name could really have been invented by his mother, but we promise it’s true – the youngster is a regular in the various youth setups in the Netherlands and has the Golden Shoe won the Under 2017 -19 EM he knows exactly where the network is.
Watch this goal if you want to know what Bright Enobakhare is all about.
After stints abroad with AEK Athens and more recently with the Indian club East Bengal, Enobakhare has returned to Coventry, which he represented in the club’s first division.
The Nigerian U23 international is a bag of tricks and while he can be as frustrating as he is brilliant, he’s one of those players you just can’t take your eyes off of for fear of missing out on the spectacle.
Blackpool’s rise last season was based on their solid line of defense and goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was naturally the focus of their efforts.
The Seasiders conceded just 37 goals in their 46 regular season games, and it is no exaggeration to say that if Maxwell can continue his form from last season into the 2021/22 season, he is already with the best goalkeepers of the season the league will be on the pitch.
It’s hard to believe that Mallik Wilks is only 22 years old.
The nomadic youngster seems to have always been around and after finally looking like he’s settled in a club he could show us what he can do.
Wilks scored an impressive 19 goals in 44 League One games last season and if he’s really satisfied and happy at Hull he could be a big problem for the championship.