Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Wilson has joined Bournemouth this season tasked with the job of replacing the goals scored by the departing Lewis Grabban. Wilson, still young at 22-years-old, broke into the Coventry City side last season netting 21 goals in 37 league appearances. This prompted Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to break the club’s transfer record to secure the striker. Fans will hope that Wilson can adapt to this higher level quickly and match the performances of Grabban last season. If he does, Bournemouth will believe they can make a serious push for promotion this season.
Andre Gray (Brentford)
Championship football will be a huge step up for Andre Gray after his hugely successful season with Luton Town in the Conference last season. Gray netted 30 league goals as Luton stormed to promotion and Brentford boss Mark Warburton sees the striker as capable of leading the line for the newly promoted Bees. Gray at just 23-years-old should continue to learn and improve at his new club, but will he be able to fire the goals to preserve Brentford’s Championships status?
Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham)
Hutchinson has joined Fulham after an impressive rise to prominence at Scottish Premier League side Motherwell. The centre-half is one of several new signings for the Cottagers as they look to bounce straight back to the Premier League. No side conceded more Premier League goals than Fulham last term so the performances of Hutchinson will be key in tightening the leaky defence.
Kyle Lafferty (Norwich)
Despite being only 26-years-old Lafferty has built a reputation as a bit of a journeyman striker. The Northern Irishman started his career at Burnley before stints in Scotland, Italy & Switzerland, with varying degrees of success. Lafferty has now been handed the number 9 shirt at new club Norwich City after joining this summer for an undisclosed fee. City will be looking for Lafferty to settle in quickly and find the goals that evaded them during their relegation season in 2013/14.
Lars Veldwijk (Nottingham Forest)
Dutchman Veldwijk has joined Forest in deal estimated to be worth £1mil, from Dutch second tier side Excelsior. The 22-year-old stands at 6 feet 5 inches, and netted an unbelievable 30 goals in 38 games for Excelsior last season. The Championship will of course be a huge step up in standard for Veldwijk but if he can adapt quickly for Stuart Pearce’s side he could be a huge goal threat. Likely to go straight into the Forest side after they struggled for a recognised goalscorer last term, Veldwijk could be just what they need to launch a promotion bid.
Jordan Bowery (Rotherham)
Bowery’s career is yet to take off but Rotherham have offered him the chance to shine at the New York Stadium, following their promotion to the Championship. 23-year-old Bowery started his career at Chesterfield before a lucrative move to Aston Villa where he was unable to score in 19 appearances. The move probably came to soon for Bowery who will no doubt relish the chance to drop down a division and play regular first team football. Rotherham will be looking to Bowery for crucial goals in what could be a difficult first season back in the second tier of English football.
James Tavernier (Wigan)
A series of impressive displays on loan at Rotherham last season has earned Tavernier a deserved move to Championship side Wigan Athletic. Tavernier is an attacking full back that could also be used in the role as a winger, and scored five times for Rotherham in 27 games. He returned to Newcastle at the end of the season where he was deemed surplus to requirements, allowing him to join Wigan for an undisclosed fee. Tavernier is one of a number of signings for Wigan who are now one of the promotion favourites for the 2014/15 season. If Tavernier builds on his excellent displays last term, we can expect him to feature heavily in the anticipated promotion charge.