6 Championship players who could move to a top 6 Premier League club

Updated: Jun 12, 2020

This year's summer transfer window is up in the air at the moment.

The coronavirus pandemic has made in unclear as to when we could see clubs splashing the cash on big-money signings.

Even though that's the case, these six players have attracted many admirers from England's top tier.

In fact, they're so talented, they've even caught the attention of the top six.

1. Jude Bellingham – Birmingham City

This one’s pretty obvious.

The 16-year-old's attracted the attention of big clubs not just in England, but across Europe.

It's not entirely surprising, a young lad playing regularly in the Championship before he's old enough to do his A-Levels is always going to turn heads.

The thing is, despite him being a decade younger than the majority of players on the pitch, he has no difficulty holding his own.

Whether it's playing at the heart of midfield or out on the wing, Bellingham's played there and hardly ever has a bad game, rare for a player so young.

Eventually, he'll most likely settle for a central role because of his hard-working attitude and ability to pick out a pass.

In summary, he's still so, so young but his potential is endless and with the right guidance there's no telling how good he could be.

Manchester United have been linked with him ever since he made his debut and were reportedly close to signing him in January.

Whether it's Old Trafford or another of Europe's elite, it's hard to see him staying in Birmingham for too long.

2. Said Benrahma – Brentford

The human highlight reel has got to go down as one of the best signings in Championship history.

The winger moved from French side Nice for £1.5 million despite having only made a handful of appearances in Ligue 1.

Considering the player Brentford have on their hands now, they'll be looking to get at least 10 times that.

The Algerian's simply too good to be a Championship player for much longer.

Sure his unbelievable dribbling ability is what gets crowds out of their seats but he's got the figures to back it up.

Since joining he's creating an average of 2.3 chances per game, a figure only topped by Pablo Hernandez out of those who've played across the last two seasons.

He also looks like he might get double figures for goals and assists in consecutive seasons, something no other player has been able to do this campaign.

Villa were extremely interested in signing him last summer, but now he's reportedly attracting the likes of Arsenal.

Which division Brentford are playing in next season will likely have a huge say in where Benrahma's future lies.

3. Max Bird - Derby

The rate at which this lad is progressing is quite alarming.

Last season and even at the beginning of this campaign, the midfielder was getting a bit of game time off the bench, but it didn't seem like there was anything too special about him.

But an injury to Krystian Bielik meant Derby needed someone to fill the hole in holding midfield.

Max Bird has done more than just that.

The 19-year-old plays like he's been owning that position for years and has played an integral part in Derby's upturn in form prior to lockdown.

Even an experienced Tom Huddlestone returning to fitness couldn't shift Bird at the base of midfield.

He's shown great maturity and intelligence that quite simply shouldn't be coming from a teenager.

The other thing is as well, it's rare for such a young player to be in the role he's been given, which is sure to attract buyers.

Former Derby boss Frank Lampard was known to be a big fan of him while at the club, and Chelsea are now being strongly linked with him.

4. Eberechi Eze – QPR

When you talk about the definition of the word "revelation", the Oxford English Dictionary really needs to consider sticking a picture of Eberechi Eze next to it.

Last season, he struggled to nail down a place in an inconsistent Rangers side.

This campaign, he's a contender for Player of the Season.

He's the kind of player that's worth buying a season ticket for.

Exciting, unpredictable, produces on a regular basis.

Whether it's running at defenders, playing through that defence-splitting pass, or tucking the ball past the 'keeper; Eze does everything you want your number 10 to do.

He's one of only five in the Championship to get 20+ goals and assists this season and when you consider he's still only 21, it's bound to turn heads.

A Premier League move looks on the cards, with Spurs amongst those keeping a close eye.

5. Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham

It was a shock when Aleksandar Mitrovic extended his Fulham deal at the start of the season.

That's no disrespect to the Cottagers, it just seemed inevitable that a Premier League club would be knocking for him.

He's shown that he's a top tier player after scoring 11 last season despite Fulham battling relegation.

Since moving to Craven Cottage he's quite frankly made a mockery of the Championship, grabbing 35 goals in 53 games.

In fact, Scott Parker's side are quite lucky he stayed because who knows where they would be without him.

You'd have thought he'd do a job in the starting XI at any Premier League club outside the top 6.

For one of the elite sides, he's definitely a great back-up option at least, with Chelsea being linked with him in the past.

6. Kalvin Phillips - Leeds

He's the best player in the Championship.

Simple as that.

There's no question that Phillips should be a Premier League player, a better question is about his place in the England setup.

Gareth Southgate was seemingly set to call him up for international duty before the coronavirus stopped that from happening.

The England manager even said he needed to see Phillips tested in the Premier League before giving him a chance internationally.

But it seems his quality was just too hard to ignore.

His range of passing is incredible while his ability to read the game is something very few players possess.

It's so good in fact, that it's apparently impressed Pep Guardiola, with Manchester City having long been linked with the Leeds midfielder.

He'd be a great move for ANY Premier League side.


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