- Before the first international break of the season Fulham and west Bromwich Albion are common leaders of the championship
- You are one of the promotion favorites and have the tip to move up straight back to the Premier League
- Both clubs have largely stuck their squads from last season after relegation
- Potential challengers include Bournemouth and Stir up city
The championship is hardly back, but already a couple of front runners are on the automatic promotion places. Two of the relegated trio, Fulham and west Bromwich Albion, stand on thirteen points each, with the Cottagers at the top due to their superior goal difference. Even if we only have five games behind us this season, do we already have our top two?
Together with the champions from last season Norwich city, they are perhaps the biggest “yo-yo” clubs in recent years, better than their second division opponents, but unable to cut it in the Premier League.
Development since the descent
To the Fulham, we know the drill by now. You get promoted, buy a bunch of unsuccessful new players, relegate them, loan them out and get back to basics with players paused during the last unfortunate Premier League survival bid. You didn’t go overboard with signing in the summer, with Harry Wilson, an acquisition of £ 12m from Liverpool, since it is the arrival of the marquee, Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and Watford‘S Nathaniel Chalobah comes as well. 20 year old Brazilian striker Rodrigo Muniz is a very unknown quantity, but a young midfielder Domingos What doesn’t have, on loan from Watford, should be a good addition at this level.
west bromine didn’t make any major changes either, but added proven championship quality to an already strong squad. Matheus Pereira is undoubtedly a big loss but apart from the Brazilian attacker it has to be said that the squad is no weaker than it was. captain Jake Liver more has a wealth of Premier League and championship experience as well as wingers Frosted Phillips. Then there is an exciting young attacking midfielder Grady Diangana, Newcomer Alex Mowatt, and even England’s national goalkeeper Fed up Johnstone stayed in the club.
Bournemouthwho needs to educate Fulham Manager Scott Parker at the top, are also among the promotion favorites, but the feeling is that they may be a step below the two teams above. You’ve got some great results and are hitting Birmingham 2-0 away and overwhelming MK donate 5-0 in the EFL Cup, but were beaten 6-0 away Norwich in the second round of the competition and in the league 2-0 at home against promoted players Blackpool Away for a 2-2 draw. Like the Baggies, they too have lost their star man Arnaut Danjuma go to Villarreal, but their roster remains strong. Gary Cahill offers some fantastic experiences as a center-back, and Emiliano Marcondes could prove to be an inspired signing after coming free from Premier League newbies Brentford.
While the cherries haven’t had too long in the championship yet, Stir up have just started their fourth season in a row in the second division. It hasn’t been easy for them so far, they’re mostly in the midfield of the table, but they’ve got off to a strong start to the season – a 3-1 away win at Swan Lake particularly impressive. They spent the summer moving various deadwood and refining the roster. Experienced midfielder Mario Vrančić arrived at one free of Norwichwhile new forward Fed up Surridge didn’t start too badly. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Potters made the play-offs this season after a disappointing couple of years.
You may have thought Sheffield United, dismounted on the side Fulham and west bromineto be a challenge even at the top of the table but hasn’t gotten off the ground so far. In the relegation zone with only two points from five games – even though the team stuck together a lot last season. Maybe midfielder Conor Hourihan, a late receipt of credit from Aston villaCan he inspire the team to move up some places in the overall standings?
Closing the gap
What is the key to success? Fulham and west bromine At the championship level, say about the widening gap between the Premier League and the championship? It’s getting harder and harder to break through and become an established Premier League team unless you have the financial backing and transfer of teams like that Aston villa and Leeds United. We are used to seeing Norwich, Fulham and west bromine Jump back and forth between the two divisions, and both Sheffield United and Huddersfield only managed a couple of seasons at a time.
Look at the teams in and around the play-offs right now – as long as the season is young and there’s no point in analyzing things too much, you can imagine Queens park ranger, Coventry city gold Birmingham survive in the Premier League if they get through the play-offs? if Fulham and west bromine can’t it, what hope do other teams have?
Of course there is still a long way to go before the end of the season, but a situation in which Fulham and west bromine do not occupy the first two places.
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