With the focus in England being very much on the Premier League, the great business that was done in the Championship this summer went very much under the radar.
In fact, this transfer window saw Championship clubs splash out over £100m on transfers, which is considerably more than the second tiers in France, Spain, Germany and Italy. The Championship spending was four times as much as second best in Germany.
All the top deals in the Championship very much went under the radar amongst the madness of David De Gea’s and Saido Berahino’s non-transfers, Man City’s big spending and the crazy fee United paid for Anthony Martial.
Some great Championship business was done, so here’s a look at our top five…
There is no doubting that this was a shock move. Few would have expected to see Johnson leave Carrow Road this summer after playing such an integral role for the Canaries last season.
His performances and goals from midfield were vital in Norwich’s promotion back to the Premier League last term. The signing of Johnson is great business for Derby and the left sided midfielder could be a key man for Paul Clement’s men this season.
Another big move for the Rams, and many would say it was needed after a dreadfully slow start to the season. The signing of Butterfield from Huddersfield could be the sort of thing Clement’s men need in order to get the season back on track.
Butterfield is a talented player and he will create chances, that’s what players like Chris Martin and Darren Bent are after. Butterfield could be the man to supply that. He just needs to get regular games now.
Another surprising move down from the Premier League, where Downing has chosen to ply his trade in the second tier of English football at his boyhood club Middlesbrough, following two seasons in the Premier League with West Ham.
Downing was a key player for the Hammers last season and even earned a recall to the England setup, so it was a surprise to see the winger step down. But if anything it showed that there is the cash at Boro to even rival the Premier League clubs.
This deal isn’t exactly a big name or big money deal, but it is very shrewd business for Fulham. Stearman has been a regular at Molineux for years now and his vast experience could be key for the Cottagers as their lack of it last season proved costly, and almost cost the West Londoners their place in the Championship.
Stearman is an all action, no nonsense type of centre-half and will surely help push Fulham towards the play off places this season.
The transfer that took former Brentford forward Andre Gray to Burnley was without doubt one of the biggest transfer’s in the Championship this summer. The former Luton forward made a £6m switch up north and could well prove to be a very shrewd signing for Sean Dyche’s side.
Gray proved last season he has goals in him at this level and has already started this season brightly, and he will be the man to score goals for Burnley this season.