Championship players who will be targeted by Premier League clubs in January
The Championship is a division on the rise, home to some top talents and hidden gems in the English game. There are a number of players who could walk straight into a Premier League team. With the January transfer window on its way, many Championship clubs are bracing themselves for big money bids from top-flight sides. Sometimes, big money on the table is tough to turn down for lower division sides. Here are three players who will almost certainly be on the radar of a Premier League club in January.
Bobby Reid, Bristol City
Bristol City has made a great start to the season under Lee Johnson. For a side who were threatened by relegation last season, to now mounting a promotion push is some transformation. Much of this is down to Bobby Reid's form. Having previously been a central midfielder, Reid has been switched into more of an attacking player by Johnson, who has utilised him as an attacking midfielder and a striker this season.
He has scored 10 goals for the Robins this term. Reid, now 24 years-old, took a while to nail down a first-team role. He's had loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic which all seem to have aided his development. The forward is a great example to other youngsters who have not managed to break into a side yet. Sometimes, biding your time can help you learn the ropes. Reid did and he is now one of the best players in the division.
Jarrod Bowen, Hull City
In what is a difficult season for the Tigers, back in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League, Jarrod Bowen has been their shining light. The 20-year-old joined Hull City from Hereford in 2015. He made 3 appearances for them in the Premier League last season and has been a key player for them this term. His 10 goals make him Hull's top scorer and he will now be a man in demand in January. It's another great story about a player being signed from non-league and then making an impact at a high level.
David Brooks, Sheffield United
Released from Manchester City as a youngster, Brooks was given a second chance by Sheffield United and it has certainly paid off. Brooks has been in fine form for the Blades this season and has helped them challenge at the top of the Championship. He caught the attention of many with a stunning performance in the Steel City derby for the Blades against their bitter rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. He was set to be loaned out to League Two side Chesterfield over the summer but Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder pulled the plug on the deal after being impressed by Brooks' performance for England U19s at the Toulon tournament over the summer. Brooks is one of the brightest young talents in the division and Sheffield United will face a test to keep hold of him. Even though Wilder has said Brooks will stay in January, would the Blades turn down big money for him?