Ranked! The 10 best players in the Championship so far this season

Best Championship players

These are the stars who've lit up the second tier in 2018/19, writes Adrian Clarke – starting with a man who can't stop scoring screamers...

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10. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday)

Not only is Reach versatile – he can operate as a winger, full-back or in central midfield – but he also happens to have arguably the sweetest left foot outside the Premier League.

So far this season the 25-year-old hasn’t been afraid to use it either, netting three times from outside the box – including a couple of long-range screamers against Leeds and West Brom which are genuine goal-of-the-season contenders.

The Owls star is strong, dynamic and incredibly dangerous with the ball at his feet inside the final third. Right now, he’s on fire.

9. John Egan (Sheffield United)

The Blades broke their club record to buy Egan for a fee in excess of £4 million from Brentford last summer, and the defender is proving to be worth every penny.

Playing in the middle of a back three and often acting as a sweeper, the 25-year-old exudes calm authority. A terrific reader of the game, assertive in his decision-making and a wonderful passer, Egan is instrumental to the way that Chris Wilder likes his expansive side to play.

The Irishman has been a model of consistency, and Sheffield United have a strong chance of achieving promotion if he stays fit.

8. Mateusz Klich (Leeds)

Marcelo Bielsa has a reputation for improving individuals, and Poland international Klich is a case in point.

Effectively abandoned by ex-Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen – he was sent out on loan to Utrecht after failing to impress – the 28-year-old midfielder has been a revelation upon his return to Elland Road.

Klich is revelling in his new role as a box-to-box operator, and his energy, intelligent movement and astute decision-making mark him out as one of the division’s best. With four goals and three assists, the Pole is proving to be the all-round package.

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7. Bradley Dack (Blackburn)

Having scored six times and provided a couple of assists from a No.10 position already this term, it’s with little wonder that Dack’s name has been linked to a clutch of Premier League outfits.

He is unquestionably Blackburn’s key man. Nobody at Ewood Park takes more shots, creates more chances or delivers greater end product than the 24-year-old, who made his name at Gillingham in League One.

Playing in behind striker Danny Graham, the gifted Dack has a knack for timing his runs into the box to perfection, and once in those positions he is a cool finisher.

6. Mason Mount (Derby)

The on-loan Chelsea teenager has enjoyed a sparkling start to life in the Championship, providing skill and guile in spades for Derby.

Mount is always willing to try his luck with shots from long range, and there's an air of Frank Lampard about his style, so it’s no surprise that his new manager is looking to build the Rams around their talented 19-year-old midfielder.

Mount oozes class in possession, has a quick footballing brain and knows where the back of the net is. With five goals in all competitions (three in the Championship), he is very much their go-to guy. A senior England call-up has been his reward.