The Championship has already seen plenty of thrilling goals, games, and moments, and we’re less than a third of the way through the season. If the action continues in this manner, it’ll be sure to be a standout campaign. Alhough, having said that, is there ever such a thing as a boring Championship season? Not in our book.
As well as outstanding team performances, this season has brought some exceptional individual performances too. Let’s run through the standout Championship players so far this season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)
The standout player of the season has to be Aleksandar Mitrovic. He’s averaging a goal more or less every ninety minutes, and he’s even popped up with some assists, too. Everyone knows that he struggled in the Premier League last season, in which he only managed three goals in 27 appearances. But that’s all forgotten now. Fulham will likely be in the top division next year. Will Mitrovic become a player that impacts games and influences the opinions of experts who provide football insight? On his showing so far, you’d have to say yes.
Ben Brereton Diaz (Blackburn)
There’s every chance that Mitrovic will be playing in the Premier League next season. And given the season that he’s had so far, there’s a chance that Ben Brereton Diaz will be, too. It’s unlikely that he’ll be playing with his current club, Blackburn, however, who seem to be shipping too many goals at the back. You have to wonder where they’d be if they couldn’t call upon the goalscoring talents of their Chilean forward. He’s currently second in the top scorers’ list, behind Mitrovic, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. If he can carry on at this level of form, then one of the Premier League clubs might just take a chance on him.
Alex Mowatt (West Brom)
Alex Mowatt isn’t going to win the Championship Player of the Year Award. But it has been enjoyable to see how well he has fitted in with his new club. Despite only playing four games for West Brom, Mowatt has scored two goals — and not just any goals, but pretty great goals at that. There’s still a lot more to come from him, but if he can continue as he’s started for the Baggies, then he might just play a big role at the business end of the season. The side has automatic promotion ambitions, which means Mowatt could be playing in the Premier League pretty soon!
Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry)
Coventry have put themselves in a good position to take a shot at finally returning to the Premier League. And if they do make it back to the top-tier of English football for the first time since 2001, they’ll have the talents of Viktor Gyokeres to thank. The 23 year old Swede has contributed nine goals and two assists in 13 games — not bad for a player who many people thought might not have the quality required of a Championship-level footballer. His struggles last season appear very far away now, however.
Rob Dickie (QPR)
What happened to Rob Dickie at the beginning of the season? The 25 year old defender isn’t known for his goal-scoring antics, yet, from nowhere, he popped up with goal after goal. Of course, Dickie would be on this list even if he hadn’t had a shot at goal. He’s been a mainstay at the back, showing again and again why he’s such a hit with the supporters and his teammates. At this rate, he’ll be the captain of QPR before long.
There’s still a long way to go, of course. And with things as tight as ever at the top of the table, there’s more than a chance that one of the players in this list will make themselves a legend for their club by firing them into the Premier League. But who will it be? We’ll have to wait and see.