January departures that would have a huge impact on the championship
The January transfer window is a precarious time in any league club’s season.
As each team desperately seeks to strengthen their ranks, the need to hold on to the players they already have at the club can be just as great.
Decisions made over the next few weeks could be absolutely crucial in the campaigns of many Championship teams, as they are forced to choose between capitalizing on their valuable assets and keeping a grip on their best players in an effort to achieve their goal. .
With the vultures starting to circle, we take a look at the Championship players who are linked with moves away from their respective clubs, and the impact their departure could have on their team’s season.
Let’s not try to sugarcoat it, Derby has been absolutely zero this season.
Results have improved a bit since Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior were named interim co-managers after Phillip Cocu left, but they still find themselves languishing in the bottom three.
One of the few bright spots the Rams can take from their season so far is Jason Knight’s form. The youngster has built on his decisive 2019/20 season and is now looking at a big part of the club’s future.
However, as Leeds and West Ham are rumored to seek the signing of the 19-year-old, if Derby chooses to sell they stand to gain an asset that could help them avoid relegation to League One.
Losing Jordan Hugill and Eberechi Eze was never going to be easy, so it’s proven.
Queens Park Rangers are just two points above the relegation zone after finishing nine without a win, and news that Bright Osayi-Samuel is being targeted by Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers – as well as Fenerbahce – n ‘ could not have happened at a worse time.
The 23-year-old’s pace and deception have become an important part of his team’s play, and if they are to lose it in the weeks to come, it will seriously hurt their hopes for survival.
Marcus Tavernier struggled to consolidate his place in Middlesbrough’s starting XI when he made his entry into the first-team setup. However, with time to mature, he begins to show the followers of Teesside what he can do.
The midfielder already has 100 appearances for Boro to his name – despite being only 21 – and Neil Warnock appears to have helped him add much-needed consistency to his game.
Tavernier’s performance this season has not gone unnoticed, with Leeds being just one of the Premier League sides watching him.
Boro is well in the mix for a playoff spot to say the least, and they can hardly afford to part with one of their most creative sparks if they want to be in the game with a shout of promotion. .
This one goes without saying really.
Norwich has done well to retain Emiliano Buendia this summer with Arsenal reportedly interested in the Argentine. However, his stellar performances in the first half of the season saw the Gunners renew their interest.
Buendia’s seven goals and seven assists in just 19 games have helped propel the Canaries to the top of the table, and if the club’s hierarchy decides to sell him in January, it will be a blow to their promotion credentials.
Barnsley has been one of the league’s surprise packages this season.
It looks like Groundhog Day every year with the Tykes – they look up and down, then string together a series of hits in May and somehow manage to avoid the fall. However, this season they are just watching.
Valerien Ismael’s side are just three points out of the top six and have real hopes for promotion, but if they decide to sell captain Alex Mowatt they can say hello to mid-table mediocrity.
The central midfielder has been the subject of two recent offers from other teams in the Championship, and Barnsley’s hierarchy have a huge decision to make.
Bournemouth have done brilliantly to stay in touch with those who set the pace at the top of the championship. Their team’s backbone was torn off this summer, not to mention the departure of boss Eddie Howe.
However, they managed to keep their hands on a few star names, including Josh King. The Norwegian has struggled with an injury this season, although given the playing time he will no doubt be a huge asset in the second tier.
Many Premier League clubs are reportedly courting the leader Cherries, including Everton and West Ham, but Jason Tindall will want to keep his hands on the 28-year-old at least until the end of the season.
Is there a player in the league that Leeds is not interested in?
To be fair to Marcelo Bielsa, it’s not quite a scattered approach. Leeds have been linked with a number of players in both the Premier League and the League, and it’s clear Bielsa has emphasized the need for rhythm and deception in wide areas.
Reading’s Michael Olise would provide that in abundance, although his bonding game with Lucas Joao was a big reason Reading went from relegation contenders to promotion hopes. The Royals will desperately want to not lose the talented teenager.
Speaking of talented teens, Harvey Elliott portrays 19-year-old Olise.
Okay so it’s not technically a ‘go’ as Blackburn wouldn’t sell it, but there is a real possibility Liverpool will call it back.
Whether the Reds want to loan him to a top-flight club (given he’s clearly too good for the Championship) or even call him back to Anfield so he can help their exhausted squad, there’s a chance he could leave Ewood Park this month, and that could mean curtains for Blackburn’s promotional hopes.
It took a bit of time for Ismaila Sarr to get into this season’s championship, although that’s understandable given the amount of speculation he’s been forced to endure over the summer.
The 22-year-old has four goals and five assists to his name in the league this season, and in a Watford side that are really struggling to break up teams they can’t afford to part ways with the international Senegalese if they don’t want another season in the second level.
Rumors about Aston Villa’s pursuit of David Brooks are starting to accelerate, and it’s never a good sign.
Villa has developed a knack for picking the top talent in the championship in recent years, and Brooks signing would almost certainly be another achievement.
The man from Bournemouth has been as busy and productive as we’ve come to expect this season, and with the Cherries just two points off the automatic promotion spots, now is not the time to go and sell their best players.