Ever so often, Premier League clubs only need to look at the table below theirs to find a potentially affordable, but brilliant, signing. The Championship has its fair share of high-potential players who can successfully make the switch to a Premier League club.
Leicester City picked up James Maddison from Norwich City for approximately £20 million. The attacking playmaker is currently worth over £50 million for the Foxes. Adam Armstrong enjoyed a stellar campaign last season with Blackburn Rovers, and Southampton were quick to snatch the striker up for around €18 million.
There are quite a few players with similar stories: Michael Olise, Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins. Some players like Jude Bellingham have even found new homes in other top European Leagues. Clearly, the second tier of English football has a lot of talent to offer the bigwigs.
The winter transfer window is drawing nearer each passing matchday. So, it wouldn't be too surprising for some current Championship faces to find themselves courted by top tier clubs. Here are five such players who are capable of making the switch, and are already proving it with a brilliant start to the season.
#5 Rob Dickie | Queens Park Rangers
It doesn't come as a surprise that Burnley and Wolves already have their sights set on the 25-year-old defender. After all, Rob Dickie has started the season in rather outstanding form with four goals from 12 appearances with Queens Park Rangers.
The star burst into the first team and carried his side into a prolific campaign during his debut season last year. With his recent numbers, Dickie clearly isn't slowing down any time soon.
He might be pushing for more goals than the average striker, but Dickie's defensive contributions are also full of quality. The towering centre-back is powerful in the air, consistent in his tackling, and rarely makes mistakes during a game. If he makes the move into top-tier football, chances are he'll exceed expectations.
#4 Gustavo Hamer | Coventry
The last time Gustavo Hamer was linked to bigger clubs, he quickly laughed them off as rumors. But what are the chances that clubs aren't intent on signing the 24-year-old midfielder?
Last season, West Bromwich Albion and Rangers seemed interested in Hamer, with the former sending scouts to watch him play. It's easy to see why too. Gustavo Hamer performed brilliantly for Coventry last season, playing 42 league games and averaging over one key pass per game.
He has continued in fine form this season with two goal contributions in 10 league appearances, as well as an improved passing accuracy. Hamer is still averaging over one key pass per game. Since he's not slowing down, the transfer rumors he laughed off during the summer might become transfer news.
#3 Harry Wilson | Fulham
Versatile, technical and a utility player for any manager to cherish, Harry Wilson is living life at Fulham. The last few seasons have seen the 24-year-old leave Liverpool to go on loan to Derby, Wales and Cardiff, and he has impressed throughout. However, with attacking positions already filled at Anfield, Liverpool's £12 million sale of the player makes sense.
Ever since joining Fulham, Wilson has showcased his usual brilliance, scoring three goals and assisting three in just eight league games. He's already been used in six different positions this season, and he's excelled nearly every time. Bigger clubs will certainly have their scouts watching him. If he continues to exceed expectations, he might not be a Fulham player much longer.
#2 Aleksandar Mitrovic | Fulham
How no big club has snatched up Mitrovic yet has to be a mystery, as he has been phenomenal for Fulham in recent years. Even in the 2018-19 season where Fulham were relegated from the Premier League, the 27-year-old scored 11 goals and assisted three. He's doing even better now, having scored 10 goals in 10 league games this season.
The 27-year-old seems to be entering the prime of his career and he looks capable of churning in enough goals to drive Fulham back into the Premier League. This already looks like it's going to be the best season of his career so far. If everything goes according to plan for the Cottagers, Mitrovic's goals will promote them in fine fashion.
#1 Ben Brereton | Blackburn Rovers
Ruthless in the final third, superb in front of goal, Ben Brereton Diaz can play any attacking position and create sheer magic. He has been used as a striker for Blackburn Rovers a few times this season. But his natural brilliance from the left-wing is unparalleled at Championship level, and Premier League clubs are taking note.
Ben Brereton was sensational for Chile before the season started in full swing and the star has gone from strength to strength. In Blackburn's 5-1 win against Cardiff a week ago, Brereton sealed his Championship dominance with a brilliant hat-trick.
The star has already beaten his previous career-best goals tally (7), and he's right there at the top, rivaling prime Mitrovic for the highest goalscorer award. He is also the Championship's "Player of the Month" for September. If this season continues in fine fashion for Brereton, Premier League heavyweights will come knocking on Blackburn's doorstep.