Why is David Nugent a big statement signing by Derby County?

A proven goalscorer in The Championship is often the key to success and ultimately promotion. Look no further than the recent teams to be promoted, Burnley’s Andre Gray, Hull City’s Abel Hernandez, and last season Jordan Rhodes was instrumental in Middlesbrough’s campaign. The ambition around Derby County has been clear in recent years. However, achieving it has proven to be tough for …

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How can Newcastle United replace Jonjo Shelvey?

Newcastle’s run of relatively poor results in the absence of Jonjo Shelvey suggests that the team had become too dependent on him. The likelihood that he may well be suspended later on in the season (he’s clearly not the most sensible of footballers), the possibility that he might get injured, and (for some fans) the reasons for his current suspension …

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EFL Championship: Analysing the hunt for promotion

With the New Year around the corner, The English Football League Championship hasn’t disappointed thus far.   The half way point of the season was reached on Boxing Day, with the promotion race heating up with every 90 minutes of football. The Christmas top six after the weekend’s fixtures featured Brighton and Newcastle as the top two, which many would’ve predicted prior to the start of the season. …

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Only half-way there, Leeds United are living on a prayer

December draws to a close, after quickly moving through a busy festive period, and we find ourselves at the mid-way point in a long campaign in the Championship. The league table is beginning to take shape as teams at the top end try to amass enough points required for a promotion push. This year the table has one noticeable addition …

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Is this Southend midfielder the man to send Sheffield United up?

The Daily Mail believe that both Championship side Rotherham and League 1 title hopefuls Sheffield United are monitoring Southend United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, with both keen to add him to their squads as they desperately seek to ensure that they are playing second division football next season. The former Ipswich man has impressed with his goalscoring displays for the Shrimpers as …

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Three players Crystal Palace should target during the January transfer window

Rudy Gestede Crystal Palace

After Alan Pardew’s departure three days before Christmas, followed by ex-England manager Sam Allardyce taking the reins at Selhurst Park, it’s already been a busy winter for Crystal Palace. With Palace having the worst points-per-game record across all of England’s top four divisions in 2016, it’s not surprising that a managerial change had to be made; and now Allardyce’s first …

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