DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  Mason Mount of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

6 Championship Players Who Are Ready to Make the Step Up to the Premier League

With the seamless transition that James Maddison has made this season in his step up from the Championship to the top flight, it only seems right to highlight a group of players who look to have the talent to replicate the youngster's feat.


Here are six of the Championship's best...

1. Neal Maupay - Brentford

With a disappointing haul of just 12 goals in the Championship last season, Neal Maupay has made an impressive start to this campaign, bagging nine goals in nine games. The talent has always been there with the Frenchman, but it appears he's added a ruthless streak to his game this season.


The underlying metrics also suggest that this isn't just good form for Maupay, he's going to continue this sort of consistent attacking return. Capable of all kinds of finishes, Maupay could be a useful addition to some Premier League squads.

2. Bradley Dack - Blackburn

Bradley Dack scores goals. It's that simple. 


Blackburn fans could've been forgiven for worrying whether their talisman would manage to maintain his superb attacking output from the 17/18 season and make the transition from League One to the Championship.


But the attacking midfielder has grown into life in the second tier with ease and has contributed six goals and two assists in just nine games. The Englishman could be worth a punt for teams who like to field a 4-2-3-1 and struggle in the goals department.

3. Pontus Jansson - Leeds

The big Swede has been one of the Championship's most dominant defenders for a good couple of years now. Though he's physically imposing, he's also comfortable on the ball and bringing the ball out from the back.


Jansson is Premier League quality in waiting, if Leeds can't get the job done this season then a top flight club will surely come calling.


4. Aden Flint - Boro

Another of the Championship's top centre backs, Flint would be the perfect addition for any club that tends to sit off and allow the opposition the ball. 


Flint is more of an old fashioned defender with regards to his style of play and is a major goal threat from set piece opportunities.



5. Mason Mount - Derby

"But he plays for a Premier League club!" 


Well this is where Chelsea's dubious history with the loan market comes into play, because despite being on the West London club's books since 2015, Mount is yet to play a Premier League game.


There's absolutely no doubting that he has the quality however, his start to life in the Championship and England call up are perfect evidence of this, and if Chelsea don't want to play him then there'll be a whole host of clubs looking to snap him up.

6. Barry Douglas - Leeds

Surprisingly sold by Wolves following their promotion last season - Douglas has already proven himself in the second tier. His quality from dead balls is already top tier, and if his physicality could be improved he would be an incredible asset for many Premier League sides.


Much like Jansson, if Leeds don't gain promotion this season then Douglas could realise his potential with a different club.