With the 2019/20 Championship campaign scheduled to kick-off in just over two months’ time, preparations are already well underway at each of the league’s 24 clubs.
Whereas it will be very difficult to top the drama that was produced by the likes of Aston Villa, Derby County, Sheffield United and Leeds United in the second tier last season, it will be intriguing to see just how the year pans out.
Blessed with an abundance of talented players, it would not be at all surprising if the standard of football in the Championship improves yet again next season.
Keeping this in mind, here are three individuals who we think have all the right ingredients to set the league alight with their performances…
Arguably the most lethal attacker in League One last season, Lyle Taylor fired in an incredible total of 22 goals whilst also providing thirteen assists for his team-mates as Charlton Athletic secured promotion via the play-offs in May.
A talisman for the Addicks, the 29-year-old will be aiming to take his game to new heights next year by leaving a lasting impression on the Championship, a level which he has never played at during his career.
Very much in the prime of his career, if Taylor can consistently find the target for Charlton, Lee Bowyer’s side should comfortably secure their status as a second tier team in 2020.
Although fellow academy graduates Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke grabbed all the headlines for Leeds during the 2018/19 campaign, next season could be all about Jamie Shackleton if his performances in the play-offs were anything to go by.
Sensational in both legs of the Whites’ semi-final against Derby, the teenager was extremely unfortunate to end up on the losing side and could use this particular experience to motor himself on to bigger and better things.
Already an England under-20 international, Shackleton is seemingly destined for stardom and with Marcelo Bielsa as his manager, there is no reason why he cannot achieve cult hero status at Elland Road by guiding Leeds to promotion.
Despite experiencing a slow start to life at Barnsley following his move from Leeds in 2017, Alex Mowatt has been utterly transformed since Daniel Stendel’s arrival at Oakwell last summer.
Outstanding throughout the Tykes’ League One campaign, the midfielder was directly involved in 14 goals as his club secured a second-place finish in May which thus guaranteed an imminent return to the second tier.
Having failed to leave his mark on the Championship in recent years, Mowatt will be determined to prove that both he and Barnsley belong at this particular level next season by picking up where he left off.