The Championship has always been reknown for players who are strong and physical. However, over the past couple of years this seems to be changing, with more and more players joining from abroad or coming up the ranks and showcasing high class footballing ability. I look at the best 5 attacking midfielders who echo that statement:
1. Samu Saiz
Samu Saiz is one of the best technically gifted players this league has seen for a long time. He has already fired in two league goals this season and has created countless chances for his teammates. The former Huesca star has some superb dribbling ability, combined with great pace, making him an eye catching watch.
2. Diogo Jota
Another player who has joined from Spain, and who has hit the ground running in outstanding fashion is Wolves’ Diogo Jota. Since joining on loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer, he has scored six goals from his first eleven games. He was nominated for the Championship’s September player of the month award, and has arguably been the leagues stand out player this season.
3. David Brooks
Despite only bursting onto the scene this season, David Brooks is quickly establishing himself as one of the brightest talents in the league. In Sheffield United’s recent 4-2 victory over near neighbours Wedesday, Brooks was awarded man of the match and looked a cut above most on the pitch. He has a big future in the game.
4. Tom Cairney
Despite being injured for the majority of the season so far, it is impossible for Tom Cairney not to be on this list. The Fulham club captain scored 12 goals, and assisted 11 in the previous campaign, helping the Cottagers to a play off semi final. This was their best season in the Championship, since being relegated from the top flight in 2014.
5. Tom Lawrence
Since Tom Lawrence’s £7m arrival at Derby County from Leicester City, he hasn’t really hit the ground running. However, there is no doubting his ability. Lawrence fired in 9 goals and assisted 11 in a loan spell at Ipswich Town last season. This established him as one of the most talented players in the division. He managed his first Wales goal last week and was a bright spark in their 1-0 defeat to Republic of Ireland, proving it is only a matter of time before he showcases his ability at the Rams.