From an Aston Villa troublemaker to a Newcastle forward and a Chelsea loanee - here's five players to look out for in the Championship this season

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Kasey Palmer (r) will be given his first taste of men's football at Huddersfield (Source: Getty)

The Championship. A league full of 30+ cloggers and clumpers adept at the dark arts and averse to pretty passing football, right?

Not quite. English football's second tier certainly still boasts those of the agricultural persuasion, but there are just as many players who will have you scratching your head and wondering why no Premier League club has snapped them up.

Just consider some of the recent graduates from the Championship who have easily made the grade in the top table: Liverpool's teenage defender Joe Gomez, West Ham's Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell, three quarters of the Leicester squad.

With those examples surely having whetted your appetite, here's five players for you to keep an eye on this season.

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Ayoze Perez — Newcastle

Ayoze Perez


  • Club: Newcastle
  • Age: 23
  • Position: Forward


One of the Premier League stars Newcastle have held onto following relegation, Ayoze Perez has the ability to terrorise Championship defences in a bid for an immediate return to the top flight.

Jack Grealish — Aston Villa

Jack Grealish


  • Club: Aston Villa
  • Age: 20
  • Position: Forward


New surroundings in the Championship and a new manager in Roberto Di Matteo offer Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish the chance to reinvigorate his career following a troubled campaign last season more notable for nightclub escapades than performances on the pitch.

Kortney Hause — Wolverhampton Wanderers

Kortney Hause


  • Club: Wolves
  • Age: 21
  • Position: Centre-back


Wolves’ highly-rated young centre-back added to his admirers as a key member of the England U-21 squad that won the prestigious Toulon Tournament in May.

Kasey Palmer — Huddersfield Town (On loan from Chelsea)

Kasey Palmer


  • Club: Huddersfield Town (On loan from Chelsea)
  • Age: 19
  • Position: Midfield


Another member of the triumphant England team in Toulon, 19-year-old Chelsea hotshot Kasey Palmer will be given his first taste of first team football at Huddersfield.

Will Grigg — Wigan

Will Grigg


  • Club: Wigan
  • Age: 25
  • Position: Striker


The star of terrace favourite “Will Grigg’s on Fire” may not have appeared for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, but the striker, who scored 28 goals last season, will be indispensable for Wigan on their return to the Championship.

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