5 Championship Players Headed to Premier League in January

Curtis Davies could help almost any Premier League sidePhoto Credit: "Curtis Davies 1" by http://www.flickr.com/photos/domfell/ -
Curtis Davies could help almost any Premier League sidePhoto Credit: "Curtis Davies 1" by http://www.flickr.com/photos/domfell/ - /

If you’re a regular reader of my work you know that I believe Premier League teams fall in love with the mystique of foreign players all too often in the transfer market. Instead, I would argue that all Premier League sides should start their scouting domestically and only branch out internationally when they’ve exhausted options in England. This is especially true of clubs outside the normal top eight or so in the EPL.

Since we can’t count on Premier League scouts to hone in on the English Championship I’m going to make it easy on them. Here are five players who should be ticketed for the Premier League in the January transfer window. Note, I’m providing you five names that aren’t the most obvious.

For instance, of course Charlie Austin should head to the Premier League (everyone knows that) so I’m not going to list him or his ilk here.

Alan Judge-Brentford-

If you like attacking players that contribute both goals and assists while being deployed in multiple attacking positions then Judge is for you. He’s knocked in

six goals and five assists in just thirteen appearances for a struggling Brentford team.

Brentford won’t want to lose their talisman, but given their struggles they’d be wise to cash in while they have some leverage left. Interested Premier League sides should act quickly though, Judge has already

caught the attention of Swansea and Bournemouth already.

In my mind he’s better than that. He could do a solid job for any of the middle-tier clubs that are pushing for Europa League qualification.

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  • Curtis Davies-Hull- I’ve written about the Hull defender before and still believe it’s criminal that he’s still in the Championship. He’s been the top rated defender in the Championship this season for a Hull side that’s been very good in defense. He’s 30 years old which should limit his value somewhat, but he still has several seasons of top-class football left. A smart club will try to tempt Hull with an attractive, but not overzealous offer based on his advanced age. He could be tough to pry away from the Tigers since they seem primed for promotion though.
  • Dale Stephens-Brighton- For Premier League sides looking to inject a bit of life and physicality in their midfield, they’d do well to run their rule over Dale Stephens. He’s somewhat of a journeyman but is playing the best football of his career at the moment. He’s not afraid to put in a challenge and can contribute on both ends of the pitch. He’d be a really terrific addition as a super sub for a Premier League team working to avoid relegation.
  • Nick Blackman-Reading- If you need a player who isn’t afraid to take a man on and go for goal then Blackman could be perfect for your squad. He’s got nine goals already on the season and isn’t afraid to attack the defense from anywhere on the pitch. Like Stephens, I think he’d be better suited to come off the bench for teams who need a spark later in games. He can be too selfish with the ball, but off the bench he could inject life into a moribund attack. Another fun fact about Blackman is that his Reading contract is set to expire after this season. He could be had for a very reasonable fee.
  • Moussa Dembele-Fulham- Aside from the obvious fun of having two players with the same name (different spellings) in the Premier League again I think he’s a terrific future play. He’s still just 19-years-old and he’s knocked in seven goals on the young season. He might not be a player that helps you win any games of consequence this season, but he’s a bright prospect. Much like Tottenham did with Dele Alli last season, a Premier League club could make a purchase and loan him right back to Fulham for the rest of the year.