The promoted sides

With every new season, there are obviously six new teams joining the Championship. Relegated from the Premier League, or promoted from League One, the circumstances of these new sides can be massively different.

We take a look at the new sides, their managers and some of their key players for their upcoming campaign in the Second tier.

Promoted sides

The sides coming up make for interesting reading. On one hand you have Coventry City, recruiting very wisely, adopting a similar model seen at the likes of Brentford and Norwich City in previous years. Then there's Rotherham United, recruiting smart and with a talented, wiser Paul Warne. Now we cut to Wycombe Wanderers, a rogue team in the sense that it's their first time in the Second Tier of english football, so who knows what to expect.

Coventry City

The Sky Blues are back in the Second Tier after an eight year hiatus. And by the looks of it, they'll be making a very good go of it. It's hard not to be impressed by their business this summer, picking up coups from the Eredivisie, Ligue 2 and 2 Bundesliga. Now, I won't humour you into thinking I know a lot about these signings, but their well liked by the data community which is usually a good thing.

Key man: Callum O'Hare

It's incredibly hard not to get excited about this trasnfer. O'Hare spent the 19-20 season on loan at the Sky Blues and was incredibly effective as a number 10. With a place to call home at Coventry following a transfer from Aston Villa, I expect big things from the young attacking midfielder this season.

One to watch: Jordan Shipley

Another quality player through the Coventry City academy, which probably goes under the radar after their recent troubles, Shipley has been a key cog in the Sky Blues' midfield of recent years. Big things are expected of the midfielder and will hopefully build on a productive campaign the previous season.

Rotherham United

After a couple of yo yo seasons bouncing between League One and the Championship, Rotherham seem to have finally found their groove. With Paul Warne they have a dedicated, passionate and clever manager who is putting together a tidy squad.

Key man: Freddie Ladapo

After arriving from Plymouth Argyle for the 19-20 season, much was expected of the then 26 year old striker. Fast forward 12 months and that still the same. 14 goals in 31 appearances last season means a striker in his peak is expected to go again for the upcoming 20-21 season.

One to watch: Matt Crooks

A key man in the Warne midfield since arriving from Northampton Town midway through their last Championship season. At 6 ft 4 he's a presence in midfield and with 9 goals in 31 appearances last season, he will be a threat coming into the new season.

Wycombe Wanderers

As I mentioned, an unknown quantity of a team in Wycombe. Despite finishing 7th after the season was curtailed, The Chairboys managed to roll into the playoffs based on PPG, batter Fleetwood Town and get past a great Karl Robinson team in the playoff final. With one of the smaller budgets in League One, no doubt Wycombe will have the smallest budget in the Championship. But they're no mugs.

Key Man: Joe Jacobson

At 33, he's certainly in the twilight of his career. But make no mistake, this guys left foot will do some damage this season. As a left wing back playing on the left of a back five at times, he scored 11 last season. Including hat trick. He's a player with a point to prove at this level after being released from Cardiff City at the age of 20.

One to watch: Fred Onyedinma

At the age of 23, this guy has time on his side. An exiciting, pacy player who will run the channels all day. Chasing a lost cause is what won Wycombe the penalty in the play off final against Oxford United. Onyedinma is another player who will want to prove a point that he can cut it at Championship level.


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