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The January transfer window is a precarious time in any championship club’s season.
While all teams are desperate to reinforce 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 precious assets and keeping their best players in an attempt to achieve their goal.
With the vultures beginning to circulate, we take a look at the Championship players who are being linked with moves outside their respective clubs, and the impact their departure could have on their team’s season.
Let’s not try to sugarcoat this, Derby has been absolutely rubbish this season.
Results have improved somewhat since Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior were named interim co-managers following the departure of Phillip Cocu, but they are still languishing in the bottom three.
One of the few positives the Rams can get out of their season thus far is Jason Knight’s form. The youngster has built on his great 2019/20 season and now looks like a big part of the club’s future.
However, with rumors that both Leeds and West Ham are hounding the 19-year-old’s signing, if Derby decides to sell, then they risk cashing in on an asset that could help them avoid relegation to League One.
Losing Jordan Hugill and Eberechi Eze was never going to be easy, and it was.
The Queens Park Rangers are just two points above the relegation zone having gone nine without a win, and the news that Bright Osayi-Samuel is being attacked by Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers, as well as Fenerbahce, could not have come. at a worse time.
The 23-year-old’s pace and tricks have become an important part of his team’s game, and if they lose him in the coming weeks, it will be a huge dent in their hopes of survival.
Marcus Tavernier struggled to cement his place in Middlesbrough’s starting lineup when he first entered the first-team setup. However, given the time to mature, he begins to show the Teesside faithful what he can do.
The midfielder already has 100 appearances for Boro to his name, despite being just 21 years old, and Neil Warnock appears to have helped him add much-needed consistency to his game.
Tavernier’s performances this season have not gone unnoticed, and Leeds are just one of the Premier League teams said to keep an eye on him.
Boros are well in the mix for a play-off spot at the very least, and they can’t afford to part ways with one of their most creative sparks if they want to join in with a shout-out.
This one goes without saying really.
Norwich did well to hang on to Emiliano Buendia in the summer with rumors that Arsenal were interested in the Argentine. However, his stellar performances in the first half of the season have seen the Gunners renew their interest.
Buendía’s seven goals and seven assists in just 19 games have helped propel Canarias to the top of the table, and if the club’s hierarchy decides to sell him in January, it will be a blow to his promotional credentials.
Barnsley has been one of the league’s surprise packages this season.
It seems like Groundhog Day every year with the Tykes – they look down and out, then put together a series of results in May and somehow manage to avoid the crash. However, this season they are only looking up.
Valerien Ismael’s team sits just three points out of the top six and harbors real promotion hopes, but if they decide to sell out captain Alex Mowatt they can better salute the mediocrity at the middle of the table.
The central midfielder has been the subject of two recent offers from other Championship teams, and the Barnsley hierarchy has a big decision on their hands.
Bournemouth has done brilliantly to keep in touch with the pacemakers at the top of the championship. The spine of his squad was ripped apart in the summer, not to mention the departure of Chief Eddie Howe.
They managed to keep some star names, however, including Josh King. The Norwegian has battled injuries this season, although given the playing time, he will undoubtedly be a great asset in the second division.
Numerous Premier League clubs are said to be courting the Cherries leader, including Everton and West Ham, but Jason Tindall will want to keep the 28-year-old at least until the end of the season.
Are there any championship players that Leeds is not interested in?
In fairness to Marcelo Bielsa, it’s not a scatter approach. Leeds has linked up with a number of players in both the Premier League and the Championship, and it is clear that Bielsa has signaled the need for some pace and tricks in wide areas.
Reading’s Michael Olise would provide that in abundance, though his bonding game with Lucas Joao has been a big reason why Reading has gone from relegation candidates to promotion hopefuls. The Royals will be desperate not to lose the talented teenager.
Speaking of talented teens, Harvey Elliott makes 19-year-old Olise look older.
Alright, technically not a “way out” as Blackburn wouldn’t be selling it, but there is a real chance Liverpool will remember it.
Whether the Reds want to hand him over to a high-level club (given he’s clearly too good for the Championship) or even call him to Anfield so he can help his threadbare squad, there’s a chance he could leave Ewood Park this month. And that could open the curtain on Blackburn’s hopes for promotion.
Ismaila Sarr took a while to get up and running in the Championship this season, although that’s understandable given the amount of speculation he was 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 that really has a hard time dividing teams, they can’t afford to part ways with the Senegalese international if they don’t want another season in the second tier.
Rumors about the chase of David Brooks by Aston Villa are starting to pick up steam, and that’s never a good sign.
Villa has developed a knack for picking the championship’s best talents in recent years, and the signing of Brooks would almost definitely be another success story.
The Bournemouth man has been as busy and productive as we expected him to be this season, and with the Cherries just two points from automatic promotion spots, now is not the time to sell out his best players.