The 2022/23 Championship gets underway this week, with Burnley travelling to Huddersfield Town in the opening game of the campaign.
And it’s bound to be an exciting clash between two sides looking for promotion to the Premier League next season.
Burnley having suffered relegation and Huddersfield Town coming off the back of their play-off disappointment, and it’s a reminder of just how strong the second tier roster is looking this season.
With so many teams looking like promotion contenders, we’re set to see a season full of goals. But after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s insane 43-goal campaign last time round, who might claim the Championship’s Golden Boot this time?
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Here’s a look at three contenders for the Championship Golden Boot…
Ross Stewart – Sunderland
Last season in League One, Stewart scored an incredible 26 goals, including the second in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the play-off final.
Now making the step up to the Championship, Stewart looks prepared to take the second tier by storm, and Black Cats fans will surely be expecting another 20-goal haul from the Scot.
He’s got a lot of pressure on his shoulders ahead of the new campaign, being Sunderland’s only striker as it stands, but if he can say fit then he’s surely a Golden Boot contender.
Daryl Dike – West Brom
The USMNT player joined West Brom last January. But he suffered a season-ending injury in just his first start for the Baggies.
He’s been in scoring form in pre-season though and with West Brom adding some creativity to their ranks in Jed Wallace and John Swift this summer, Dike will surely benefit.
Now 22 years old, Dike has the physicality and scoring touch to be a real hitman in the Championship during the 2022/23 season.
Teemu Pukki – Norwich City
The Finn simply can’t be underestimated in the Championship. The 2018/19 Championship Golden Boot winner and two-time EFL Team of the Season selection, Pukki will be Norwich City’s biggest threat next season as the Canaries eye up an immediate return to the top flight.
Despite turning 32 earlier this year, and despite another torrid top flight season from Norwich City, Pukki still managed to score 11 goals in the Premier League last season – he’s a player who’s getting better with age and having scored 20+ goals in each of his last two Championship seasons, expect him to do so again.