Top five: Championship stars destined for the Premier League
Which players can make the step from the Championship to the Premier League?
In recent time we have seen players from the Championship take the step up to the Premier League.
The likes of Adam Lallana, Nathan Dyer and Victor Moses have all made the leap in recent years and with Wilfried Zaha having already signed for Manchester United, more players may look to follow the trend.
Here we look at five players that could jump a level to the Premier League:
Nathan Redmond, Birmingham City
The Birmingham City winger is equally adept at playing on either wing and possesses frightening pace and trickery able to cause most defenders worldwide problems.
The young Englishman's ability has always been evident, but now he has added consistency to his game, causing many potential premier league suitors to be on guard.
Lewis McGugan, Nottingham Forest
McGugan is a central midfielder most comfortable when on the attack and is closing in on double figures for goals. He has been starring at Forest for a number of years now and it is strange that he is yet to be given a chance in the top division.
Forest have made a late chase for promotion, however, should they fall, McGugan may find himself playing for a different team.
Jordan Rhodes, Blackburn
The young Scot scored many goals for Huddersfield last season; and he has continued in that style for Blackburn, bagging 24 league goals. Rhodes has shades of the young Michael Owen, with incisive runs, and clinical finishing and he is still only 23 years old. At this tender age, Rhodes even has the potential to succeed on an even higher level, whether it be for club or country.
Sam Byram, Leeds United
With each passing year, more and more Leeds players find their way into the premier league (usually with Norwich) and Byram may be next! The young right back is only 19 and has the potential to fill England's problem position, and a move to the premier league may be the stepping stone needed for him to get there.
Aron Gunnarsson, Cardiff
The Iceland international has had a fantastic season, and has even contributed goals to aid their title bid. He is a central midfielder and long throw specialist who is equally effective in all areas of the pitch and at 23, Gunnarsson still has the time to get even better. Cardiff are the odds on favourites to reach the big time however, if they dramatically falter, Gunnarsson may decide to look elsewhere.
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