The very best of the Championship

In comparison to other second divisions, the English Championship is unrivalled in both quality and excitement. Each year, England’s second-tier is heavily competitive as teams battle over 46 games for the top six. The best part of the division is the unpredictability; a recent relegated Premier League side could look certain for promotion, only to find themselves in a relegation battle. 

It’s no surprise as to why many fans from many Championship clubs believe that it is the best league in the world. In terms of competitiveness, it’s certainly up there. As a result, there’s no shortage of talent in England’s second division.

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It’s unlikely that another country’s second-tier could produce a list of players with this much quality. But to be fair to other nations, gaining promotion to the Premier League is highly lucrative – which is why there is plenty of investment in Championship sides. As a way to measure the levels of investment – the average salary in England’s second-tier was measured at around £324,000 per year in 2016. Since being measured in 2006, the average yearly salary in the Championship has raised by over £100,000 per year. So it’s pretty obvious why players are attracted there £££.

Regardless, the division aids massively in the development of young players which is why it’s not long before the Premier League comes calling. A good example of this is Nathan Redmond who was excellent for Birmingham City before his move to England’s top flight. The talent on offer there is not to be underestimated.