Championship Season Preview 2017/2018

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018

The 2017/2018 Championship season is just around the corner. All Middlesbrough, Hull City and Sunderland are eyeing a quick return to the Premier League, whilst newcomers Millwall, Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers have big ambitions for the upcoming season as well.

The likes of Middlesbrough, Hull City and Sunderland failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier and the end of the season. Key attacker Alvaro Negredo left the squad earlier this summer, but the likes of Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga joined the Riverside Stadium outfit and, no doubt, the club chiefs have big ambitions for the upcoming season. Experienced midfielder Stewart Downing is still part of the team, but it remains to be seen if new coach Garry Monk is capable of helping Boro return to the English top flight.

Sunderland dropped to the Championship after ten years in the Premier League and, as a result, several first-team regulars left the club. Last season’s top scorer Jermain Defoe is a new Bournemouth attacker and many people believe that he is going to be sorely missed in the 2017/2018 Championship season. Aiden McGeady, who impressed with Preston last term, joined the club and the pacey winger is likely to play an important role in Simon Grayson’s team in the upcoming season.

Hull City failed to secure the Premier League survival, with the team finishing last season in 18th position in the standings. The Tigers were having their ups and downs in the 2016/2017 season and despite the fact that the club owners added several top-class players in the January transfer window they suffered relegation. Hull City aim to return to the English elite division as soon as possible and it has to be noted that the club management managed to keep hold of Grosicki, Hernandez, Meyler and Diomande in the summer transfer window. A number of first-team regulars left the club, but new boss Leonid Slutsky has faith in new signings and it remains to be seen if he will help the Tigers regain their Premier League status.

Slavisa Jokanovic was doing a great job with Fulham last season, but the Cottagers failed to impress in the Championship play-offs and, as a result, they did not secure promotion to the Premier League. The Serbian tactician is still in charge of the team and seeing that he will count on his key players for the upcoming season, the capital club have good chance of finishing the 2017/2018 Championship campaign in top two.

Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are seen as contenders for promotion as well, whereas many football experts believe that the time has come for Aston Villa to return to the Premier League. Chelsea legend John Terry is the club’s biggest signing this summer and the experienced footballer is likely to help the Villans improve defensively. The likes of Elmohamady and Samba joined the club as well and it is no surprise the Villa Park outfit are considered No. 1 favourites to secure promotion to the English top flight.

Newly-promoted teams Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall will give their best to secure the Championship survival and, taking everything into account, yet another entertaining Championship campaign is ahead of us.

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