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Top 5: Championship youngsters destined for the top

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Many Football League Championship players have remarkable abilities to achieve big things in their bright careers.

And when playing in England, big things mean playing in the Premier League and performing against big English clubs.

There are many youngsters who can follow the example of former Championship players like Wilfried Zaha, Grant Holt, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Matthew Lowton.

And there's no doubt that a large amount of pedigree is still there in the Second Division of England.

As the Championship has become a favourable ground for breeding young talents who can go a long way in their careers.

So, lets take a look at some of the future stars...

Aaron Cresswell - Ipswich Town (left back)

Ipswich Town have a reputation of developing top talents and they haven't disappointed in this case as well.

Although he was bought from Tranmere Rovers, the Tractor Boys have done a nice job nurturing the left back from Liverpool.

He excelled as a teenage sensation at Tranmere and Ipswich signed him, fighting off interest from West Brom and Notts Forest.

The 23 year old has very good vision and also possesses an ability to defend well and moreover, he has a threatening intent to move forward quickly. The most impressive fact about him is that he's the only player after Richard Keogh to play every minute of a season (2012-13).

Sam Byram - Leeds United (right back)

He's a quick and highly agile full back, who can also operate as a winger.

He's one of the brightest talents at Elland Road and clubs like Liverpool are believed to be tracking his progress.

In January he extended his contract until 2016, but having been predicted to have the same sort of impact as Gareth Bale upon moving up to the top flight, it will now take a fairly hefty bid to get him there.

He was also given a place in England's U-20 World cup squad in Turkey and never gave the pundits an opportunity to criticise him. So,far he has had a bright career and may continue to have one if a big clubs make their move.

Tom Ince - Blackpool (winger)

We know his father was a former England captain, but Tom's old man hasn't played too big a role in making him famous. He has previously been a Liverpool player but they decided to sell him to Notts County and after that he ended up at Blackpool.

He has scored 30 goals in 90 games for Blackpool and his performances have sparked interest from big Premier League clubs like Spurs and Liverpool.

He has been involved in the England U-21 games and has managed to score three times in 12 appearances.

Jeffrey Schlupp - Leicester City (forward)

The 20-year-old German was apparently a top target for Sir Alex at Manchester United, due to United's usual tendency to get hold of young players.

Arsenal, Fulham and Stoke City are also closely following the talented German, who is currently on loan to Brentford.

He has scored six goals for Brentford during his short stay in nine appearances.

He found it difficult to play at Leicester a season ago but his talent still remains undoubted and he can also take up the role of a left back in some cases.

He trained with Manchester United this year in January and has even played some U-21 games for them as well.

Will Hughes-Derby County(Central midfielder)

Now, this guy is being dubbed as "mini-Messi" mainly because he possesses extremely enormous maturity and a stunning passing ability.

He's still 18 but the ability he has makes him seem 28.

He has scored five goals in 40 appearances for Derby and Hughes has been described as a "flair player" who uses through balls and mazy runs to create space for teammates and beat opposition defences in attacking positions.

United have been linked and he's exactly the kind of player United need to reduce the burden on Michael Carrick's 32-year-old shoulders

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