Let us not forget that, there is more to football in England than just the Barclays Premier League. Just below the English top-flight in the pyramid is the Sky Bet Championship, a division that many of the top Premier League clubs often dip into to strengthen their respective squads.
Here’s a look at three current Championship players who are worth a shot in the Premier League as we approach deadline-day.
Nathan Redmond- Norwich City
Proven in the Premier League, Stoke City are just one of a few club to have made their interest in the Norwich City winger crystal clear, but with the Potters’ signing of Victor Moses last week, he may have to look elsewhere. Bursting on to the scene with Birmingham City all of three years ago, he attracted the attention of plenty of top clubs, Norwich eventually sealing the youngster’s services. He has a fantastic dribbling ability with his pace and low centre of gravity. Redmond also knows where the back of the net is and could prove to be a very shrewd purchase for whatever club decides to snap him up.
Jordan Rhodes- Blackburn Rovers
Ever since his days with Huddersfield Town Jordan Rhodes has been a prolific goalscorer. His consistency and potency make him of the players in England’s second division that really merits a chance in the promised land. The Blackburn forward always has a goal in him and when Blackburn don’t look like creating a chance as a team, he can do it all by himself. A good presence, movement and an astute football brain make the Ewood Park hero subject of two bids from Hull City.
Will Hughes- Derby County
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to be a keen admirer of the Derby midfielder and it’s no wonder why. Hughes (19) has been described as a ‘flair’ player, similar to Nathan Redmond, a player who has the ability to not only run with the ball, but see a pass and knows how to find the back of the opposition goal. Hughes himself, feels that his strengths are his passing and technical ability and has recently stated that his targeted improvements in pace and physical strength. Hughes also bases his game on Barcelona and their world-class midfield that consists of Xavi and Iniesta. Hughes was named the Football League Young Player of the Month for November 2012, after a series of impressive performances, sparking interest from several Premier League clubs at the time, including Fulham. In April of last year he signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at iPro stadium until the Summer of 2016. Watch this space.