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10 Championship players who really should be in the Premier League

Jack Grealish

Never before has the second tier been closer to the Premier League in terms of quality and, as Tom Seymour explains, these stars are already good enough to make an impact in the top flight

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Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

Still just 21, Abraham burst onto the scene in 2016/17 when he scored 19 Championship goals for Bristol City while still a teenager.

The Chelsea loanee earned his chance in the Premier League the following season, but with a Swansea side that was tumbling down the table.

Swans fans never really saw the best of Abraham, but the youngster has rediscovered his scoring boots at Aston Villa with 11 league goals in 14 outings already this season – four of which came in last month's madcap 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Joe Allen

Joe Allen

When Stoke ended a decade's stay in the top tier, it seemed incomprehensible that Allen would stay put in the Potteries.

The Welshman had been selected in Euro 2016's Team of the Tournament and had 132 appearances for Liverpool to his name, so the midfielder shocked everyone when he signed a new four-year contract at the Bet365 Stadium in June.

Allen is now 28 and in the thoeretical prime of his career. If – or more like when – Stoke aren't promoted this season, the Premier League may beckon once again.

Harvey Barnes

Barnes

Another young loanee pulling up trees in the EFL, Barnes hasn't yet turned 21 but looks set for a long and successful career at the top.

A product of the Leicester academy and currently on loan at West Brom, the attacking midfielder has seven goals and three assists so far in 2018/19 and his impressive performances won't have gone unnoticed at the King Power Stadium. Earlier in the season, rumours suggested that Claude Puel might recall him for his Foxes cause in January. 

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

If reports are to be believed and Daniel Levy had been willing to budge on price, Grealish could already be playing in the Premier League with Tottenham.

Villa fans will be glad he didn't, but will also be very aware that the midfielder will likely be strutting his stuff there with or without them soon.

A product of the youth system at Villa Park, Grealish may have taken a little longer to realise his full potential than many predicted, but now the 23- year-old is combining talent and consistency in his preferred No.10 role behind the striker.

Mason Mount

Mason Mount

Like Abraham, Mount is a Chelsea youngster on loan in the Championship, but unlike his under-23s team-mate is yet to be given a chance in the Premier League.

The 19-year-old is unlikely to have to wait much longer, though – after winning Vitesse Arnhem's player of the year award last term, the England Under-21 international has carried that form to Derby.

Under the management of Blues legend Frank Lampard, Mount has been integral in the Rams' push towards the play-off places.