5 players from promoted Championship sides who can light up the EPL
By the time August gets flipped on wall calendars across the globe, the 2016/17 Premier League season will be once again uppermost in our thoughts.
A raft of changes and intriguing developments have already taken place in the build-up to a brand new campaign with new managers arriving at some of the bigger clubs as well as lots of rumours linking some famous stars to the more successful outfits.
However, it’s arguably at the lower side of the league table where we could see some of the most exciting football.
With three new teams getting promoted, the trio of Burnley, Hull City and Middlesbrough will all vie to not get sent straight back down. But who will they rely on to help them? Which of their players has the potential to light up the EPL?
1) Andre Gray (Burnley)
Winning matches as a newly-promoted outfit is never an easy feat to accomplish. The opening few fixtures come thick and fast and always provide a real test for the minnows of the Premier League.
It doesn't always help in the long term but getting off to a winning start is the best possible outcome from the opening weekend of action – the hard part is trying to maintain those winning performances over the course of a long season.
It makes it a little easier when one has a natural goal-scorer in their ranks, and that’s precisely what Burnley have in Andre Gray.
If scoring goals is a habit, it’s a good one which Burnley fans will hope Gray doesn’t kick anytime soon because they will need everyone he can muster to make life easier for them in the big leagues. Last term in the SkyBet Championship the 24-year-old netted 25 times (two of those coming when he was still at Brentford) as he finished as the league’s top scorer.
Clearly, then, he will be key to their survival. It’s never as easy to his double figures in the EPL but he scored 17 times the season before last as Brentford missed out on promotion so he is only getting better with age. Provided he can get amongst the goals early, the sight of him celebrating should become a regular one for the Clarets fans.