6 Big Championship Names Who Are Likely to Move to the Premier League

6 Big Championship Names Who Are Likely to Move to the Premier League

Rene Otinga
updated at May 27, 2024 at 10:28 AM
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  • Southampton beat Leeds United on Sunday to secure a promotion to the Premier League
  • Despite ending the season above the Saints, Leeds will play in the second tier next season
  • The Whites are now in danger of losing some of their key players to Premier League sides

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All the Premier League teams for the 2024/2025 season have been confirmed after Southampton beat Leeds in the Championship final on Sunday, May 26.

The Saints bounced back to the Premier League on the first time of asking, securing a 1-0 win over the Whites through Adam Armstrong’s first-half goal.

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Ethan Ampadu and Wilfried Gnonto react to defeat in the Sky Bet Championship Play Final match between Southampton and Leeds United at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2024. Photo by Mike Hewitt.
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It was a painful defeat for Daniel Farke's side, which ended the season in third place, just six points off the automatic promotion spots.

Leeds's continued participation in the Championship next season could have some ramifications for the team, which is now in danger of losing key players to Premier League clubs.

Leeds United is not the only club in the Championship facing this prospect. Sports Brief looks at other big names in the English second tier who are unlikely to stay with their clubs.

6 Championship stars who could join the Premier League

Jack Clarke - Sunderland

Jack Clarke has been a revelation at Sunderland, scoring 15 goals and getting four assists in 38 Championship appearances.

This form has raised his market value, and Premier League clubs are likely to pursue his signature.

Jonathan Rowe - Norwich City

Norwich City finished in a lowly sixth place on the log, but their glimmer of home has always been Jonathan Rowe.

The 21-year-old winger has had a season to remember, with 17 goal contributions in 38 appearances in his first full season in senior football.

Crysencio Summerville - Leeds United

Crysencio Summerville should probably have topped this list.

The Championship player of the season registered 19 goals and nine assists and is already attracting suitors like Liverpool, according to The Mirror.

Leeds’ failure to secure promotion will make it difficult for the club to retain their star Dutchman.

Morgan Whittaker - Plymouth Argyle

One of the best left-footed players in the Championship last season, Morgan Whittaker scored an impressive 20 goals in the just-concluded campaign. According to the BBC, only three players have outscored him.

His goals have been crucial for Plymouth, who narrowly avoided relegation to League One.

As a side note, Plymouth’s incoming manager, Wayne Rooney, may have something to say about his side potentially losing their top marksman.

Sammie Szmodics - Blackburn Rovers

The Championship’s top scorer, Sammie Szmodics, is enjoying one of his most prolific seasons yet.

Strangely, the Republic of Ireland star’s 27 league goals were not enough to give his side Blackburn Rovers a reputable finish in the league.

The Blue and Whites ended the season in 19th place, just three points above the relegation zone.

Szmodics did his part in helping his team avoid relegation, and his form is likely to attract interest from ‘bigger’ clubs.

Wilfried Gnonto – Leeds United

Wilfried Gnonto is another Leeds United player who is unlikely to stay with his club beyond next season.

The 20-year-old reportedly submitted a transfer request last season, hoping to secure a move to Everton, but that did not materialise.

Interest in the Italian forward is, however, set to be reignited after Leeds’ failure to secure promotion.

Adam Armstrong mistakenly takes off shirt

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on an incident that saw Southampton’s Adam Armstrong mistakenly take off his shirt before full-time.

The English striker was the difference for his team in the Championship playoff, scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win on Sunday, May 26.

Towards the end of the game at Wembley, Amstrong got ahead of himself as cameras caught him celebrating early, albeit by accident.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.