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Chuba Akpom, Tom Ince and more can all shine in the Championship this season

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I remember taking a real interest in the Sky Bet Championship last season despite my beloved Hull City playing their trade in the Premier League.

So, with the Tigers being relegated, that has lead me to complete a ton of research on England's second division during the off-season.

Whether it's been watching highlights of games from last season or tallying up the statistics from individual players, I've occupied myself with it over the last fortnight as the 2015/16 campaign is just around the corner.

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There is plenty of talent in the Championship at the moment, which in comparison to a few years ago is a significant difference.

In the space of about three years, we've gone from James Vaughan, Chris Martin and Leonardo Ulloa to Daryl Murphy, Jordan Rhodes and Benik Afobe, so it's no reason why the Championship is growing in popularity with such quality.

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Stuart Dallas

A player that always seems to catch my eye is new Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas who signed from Brentford earlier this week.

The Irishman's persistent presence down the flanks is a nightmare for any team, providing his forwards with chances on a platter, just as he did for Andre Gray at Griffin Park.

Can he do the same with Leeds? There is no reason why he shouldn't as he is playing at the same level in which he succeeded as last season.

With that attacking intent, Leeds can finally look forward to a prosperous season, instead of being down in the dumps, where they may be safe from relegation, but stay well clear of any chance of promotion.

Tom Ince

Tom Ince isn't really suited to football in the top division, as proved during his unsuccessful year stint with Hull City last year. During half of that time, he joined forces with Derby County back in his favourable habitat, the Championship.

And it certainly didn't take long for him to get up and running scoring goals and grabbing assists game in, game out.

Eventually, the 23-year-old netted eleven times in eighteen appearances, and after such a successful stay in the Midlands, Ince signed a full contract with the Rams this summer.

His services for the entire season will offer Derby with a very strong opportunity to gain promotion.

Chuba Akpom

Hull City's latest loan signing, Chuba Akpom, has got all of the critics speaking out again as the 19-year-old joins yet another Championship side.

Yet to score a goal in the second division, or any division for that matter, certainly doesn't speak loud words, but you have to consider how often the youngster has started games.

Almost 100% of his appearances have been made after coming off the bench with ten minutes of the game to go, so for anyone to criticise him would be unfair.

Let's go back a month to when Arsenal beat Singapore XI and Chuba Akpom netted a hat-trick. Yes, it's only against Singapore XI, but it's a start, and if he can build off that confidence in East Yorkshire, he could help the Tigers get back into the Premier League.

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