With the league stages of the Sky Bet Championship done and dusted, the fans in England have witnessed over nine months of breathtaking football action. Whilst teams like Sunderland suffered a new low, Wolves leapt and soared from their previous 15th place finish to the summit, claiming a well deserved Premier League status.
Here, the players belonging to sides that have more or less effectuated professional displays but failed to win the playoffs, miss out on a rip-roaring yet indispensable Premier League experience. Although their services need to be appreciated on a huge level, a non-fulfilment of promotion dissolves their zestfulness to an extent. Here are three players who are too good for the Championship –
This is surely a no-brainer. The starlet has won more experience than what his numbers suggest at this point of time in his career. At a raw age of 22, the life-long Villa supporter has made 128 senior appearances in his career.
Grealish may not be amongst the goals as often as some of his compatriots like Lewis Grabban, Conor Hourihane or Albert Adomah, but his contribution to every game is priceless. He runs down various channels, owns a burgeoning keenness to hit sweeping passes, creates chances and often delivers when the team needs him most.
For example, in the first leg against Boro, the Solihull-born midfielder set the stage on fire. Premier League clubs may not receive his signature as he is Aston Villa to the core and much more, but he is one player who can swerve his own fortunes in the top division of English football.
Leeds United’s Mr Dependable has been a colossal figure for the Peacocks for over two years now. Jansson has been a shining light in their dark season without a doubt. He is consistent at the heart of the defence.
The titanic figure has played over 3,500 minutes of league football this season, scoring three goals, boasting a pass completion rate of 83%, winning almost four aerials every game on an average and chipping in with almost 10 clearances.
These are a reflection of his solidity and flamboyance, especially when his side’s season is considered. Even last season when they missed out on a Playoffs spot, he was a part of a reliable duo with Kyle Bartley. If watched over by Premier League with wit a microscope, he is a handy man to have in one’s ranks.
The versatile midfielder hit the ground running at Craven Cottage from the word go. He plays a vital role for Fulham, as he connects the dots in midfield, gets into the box authoritatively and possesses fine vision.
After the forwards (in Sessegnon and Mitrovic), who have scored the bulk of goals for the Cottagers, Johansen has scored 8 and created 9 more. Teams like West Ham and Huddersfield might require his immaculate talent next season.