Written by David Robinson
A thrilling Championship season once again had it all with an automatic promotion place going to the wire and plenty of twists and turns in the play-offs. Hull took the all important win at Wembley to go up through the play-offs while Middlesbrough secured promotion on the final day while Burnley sealed the Championship title away at Charlton. There is no doubting all three sides will be wanting to add to what they have got but I identify 5 stars that were a part of promotion, to look out for in the Premier League next season.
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Andrew Robertson – Hull
The Scotsman already has Premier League experience with the club which could stand him in good stead with the left back certainly one to look out for. His attacking abilities make the 22 year old stand out and you would only presume he will continue his development into next season. His style was summed up when he burst up the pitch in the last minute in the play-off Semi-Final first leg to score a fine goal which made it 3-0 to the Tigers. The former Dundee United man will look to provide some top quality on the overlap and without disrespecting Steve Bruce’s men, could put himself well in the market for a top-half side come the end of the season.
Moses Odubajo – Hull
The other attacking full back will also be one to watch having been converted from a right winger, the man brought in from Brentford has a lot of raw ability which sees his natural wing play still in his game bombing down the right hand side. While his defensive duties will have to be spot on next season he could prove pivotal in creating goals where the side have struggled in that department, both in the Championship and Premier League last time round.
Andre Gray – Burnley
An obvious choice, Gray seems to get better and better each season and should be high on confidence going into his first Premier League season. He could potentially be the deciding factor between how Burnley will fare and you would not want to rule him out of bagging quite a few goals with his blistering pace and movement which should trouble a number of defences. With the assistance of Vokes that suits Gray to a tee, he could be a big hit next season.
Michael Keane – Burnley
Yet another player that has made trememdous strides under Sean Dyche, Burnley always pride themselves on building from solid foundations and the Man Utd youth product has certainly stepped up following the departure of Jason Shackell. Again Keane has that top tier experience with the Clarets last time round and you feel he could be vital for the success of the club. The resolute mentality that Dyche installs will be required from the centre half partnership first and foremost so there could be a bit of pressure on the Englishman to perform. The 23 year old is one to watch out for at the heart of the Burnley defence.
Adam Clayton – Middlesbrough
The qualities that Clayton possesses is effectively everything that worked well for Middlesbrough last season. His combative approach will be vital next season but he is more than that. His position is very important protecting the back four and it’s no surprise to see ‘Boro continually being the best defence in the Championship with help that Clayton provides from midfield. Don’t be surprised if the former Huddersfield man is involved in several all action displays that stifles opposition teams.
Jordan Rhodes – Middlesbrough
A big money signing in January, ultimately you could say the move paid off for the reliable hotshot. Rhodes has all the predatory instincts of a natural finisher so goals should be expected this term. Pressure will be on his shoulders and maybe a bit of uncertainty with his performances a little disappointing in truth since his arrival. If Middlesbrough can find the right system and play to his strengths there is no doubting they will have a goalscorer, his movement and positional sense will see to that.
Which one of these stars will make the biggest impact? Let us know in the comments below!
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