This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk‘ series, which provides personal opinions from our FLW Fan Pundits regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
The Championship season is now less than three weeks away.
Pre-season preparations are well underway right across the division as clubs look to improve on their 2021/22 campaigns.
One club that will certainly be looking to do that is Blackburn Rovers.
Under Tony Mowbray, Rovers had a bright first half of the season, finding themselves in and amongst the promotion race at the turn of the year.
However, a sharp drop off in form in 2022 saw the club slide to 8th in the final Championship standings.
With new boss Jon Dahl Tomasson now in charge, it will be interesting to see whether or not Rovers can crack the top six this upcoming season.
Other clubs are also looking strong heading into 2022/23, though, and with that in mind, we asked FLW’s resident Blackburn Rovers fan pundit Toby Wilding to pick out a fellow Championship club he thought could be in for a good campaign.
“I think we saw last season already the potential they have to compete in and around the top six of the Championship and I think, as I say, that the business they’ve done already this window only goes to back this up.
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“Benik Afobe was obviously a very impressive there last season so we know he should be more than capable getting the goals they need, and then behind that, they looked to have strengthened really well already in those sort of attacking midfield areas with George Honeyman, a proven player at this level, and then Zian Fleming, a really exciting looking recruit coming in from the Eredivisie.
“Meanwhile, defensively, Charlie Creswell looks a very promising young addition to that backline for Gary Rowett’s side.
“So to me, it looks like Millwall have already strengthened the squad that was close to breaking into the top six last season, so they do feel like ones to watch for me looking ahead to the new season at this moment in time.”
This is an interesting choice from our fan pundit here.
Millwall did have an impressive campaign last term and they will be hoping that the loss of Jed Wallace is not to their detriment.
They have made some exciting attacking additions in Honeyman and Flemming, though, which they will hope can fill the void left by the former Lion.
Gary Rowett has done a really good job at The Den over the last few seasons and it would be a fantastic achievement for the club if he could guide them into the top six.
Failing to do so would not necessarily be a failure, though, with the Championship looking strong and competitive already ahead of the 2022/23 season.