The Championship is increasingly becoming a breeding ground for Premier League future stars.
The top clubs loan their young stars down to the second division to get some first-team football in an extremely competitive league where, week in, week out any side can get a result.
Here are three players we believe are calling out for a chance with a Premier League side.
Jordan is now 24-years-old and his goalscoring record is phenomenal. In his first season with Huddersfield in League One, the then 19-year-old scored 21 goals in all competitions. He scored 22 in the following season as Huddersfield lost in the playoff semi-final for the second consecutive season. Huddersfield reached the playoffs again and this time were promoted via a penalty shootout. Rhodes scored an incredible 40 goals in just 46 appearances in all competitions, including 5 versus Wycombe and 4 versus Sheffield Wednesday. His first season in the Championship and the Scottish international showed no chance of slowing down as he bagged another 33 goals including 3 for Scotland. That was enough to trigger a club record bid for Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers and in his first season with them he netted 25 goals.
It would be costly for any club to sign Rhodes but it doesn’t look particularly likely that Jordan will get his chance with Blackburn Rovers anytime soon as they are looking more like a comfortable mid table side with each passing season.
The 26-year-old has been a consistent goalscorer in the Championship and he scored 24 goals last season and 19 in the season before. The Englishman is a real threat in front of goal and he has been rumoured to be joining numerous of Premier League clubs in the past few transfer windows – he was linked with all three promoted sides recently. He led Watford into the playoffs in 2012/13 season, and they have started very well this season. He may get his chance in the Premier League with Watford but the Championship is notoriously difficult so don’t be surprised if he moves when a true offer is made.
Like Rhodes, Cairney was born in England but has so far represented Scotland at international level, and like Rhodes he is currently plying his trade at Blackburn Rovers. Cairney has already had a small opportunity in the Premier League with Hull City back in the 2009/10 season as The Tigers were relegated. He has mixed feelings at Hull and since joining Blackburn he has been growing in confidence and his performances last season were outstanding. Tom is an attacking midfielder and he netted 5 goals last season and contributed a further 6 assists. Cairney was voted Blackburn’s Player of the Year in his first and so far only season with the club so far, and he was competing with the likes of Jordan Rhodes. He is still only 23-years-old and if he can prove himself again with Blackburn this season, he would be a shrewd signing for any ‘lesser’ side in the Premier League next year. One to keep an eye on this year and he has already netted twice.