Eddie Nketiah (Leeds)
Nketiah is only 20-years-old, but he is already showing the predatory instinct required from a top-level striker.
The on-loan Arsenal forward is making a habit of being in the right place at the right time, with three of his five goals coming from inside the six-yard box.
He was also in the perfect position to capitalise on a Jack Butland error in the EFL Cup second round as the goalkeeper’s ricocheted clearance landed at his feet.
He didn’t miss, obviously.
His equaliser against Preston in October, meanwhile, was a header after a mishit clearance inside the box.
Under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, it is hard to imagine a better environment for his development.
He has already represented England at every youth level between Under-18 and U-21 and turned down a senior call-up from Ghana in January in favour of pursuing an international career with the Three Lions.
If he can help fire his current club to promotion, that might not be too far away.
Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield)
Chalobah – younger brother of Watford midfielder Nathaniel – was one of few Ipswich players to come out of last season with credit after they finished bottom of the Championship.
The defensive midfielder finished second in the Tractor Boys’ Player of the Year Award and has continued to perform well at another underperforming club in Huddersfield, on loan from Chelsea.
His imposing height – he is 6’3 – means he is dangerous both defending and attacking set-pieces and is capable of providing cover in central defence.
But the 20-year-old is more than just a battering ram. He is composed in possession and is comfortable dribbling out from the back.
“He’s going to be a top, top player. There is not a shadow of a doubt about that,” said Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley, prior to the international break.
Chalobah has been a regular in the England youth setup for the last five years, featuring for the Under-16s all the way up to the Under-21s.
After another successful loan spell, the logical progression would be for him to challenge for a place in the team at Chelsea – where young players are currently flourishing – and England.
Grady Diangana (West Brom)
If there is a more exciting player in the Championship than Diangana, they are yet to show themselves.
The tricky winger has routinely been making Championship full-backs look silly with his quick feet and even quicker running speed.
A return of four goals and four assists from 11 Championship starts underlines the benefit of regular first-team football for his development, having found opportunities limited at West Ham.
And at 21-years-old, there should be plenty more to come.
Just ask Harvey Barnes, who spent the first half of last season on loan at the Hawthorns and is now edging towards a senior England call-up himself.
Diangana has made two appearances for England Under-20s and was called up to the U-21s for the first time in September.
Jarrod Bowen (Hull)
That Bowen never received an England call-up at youth level is perplexing.
The 22-year-old has been Hull’s top scorer for two seasons running, bagging 15- and 22-goal hauls while eligible for the Under-21s.
More impressive is that he managed that while playing on the right wing, rather than as a striker, and for a team that has finished in the bottom half of the Championship in both campaigns.
He is almost certain to post a similar tally this season, while it is only a matter of time until he is snapped up by a Premier League team.
Although England currently have an abundance of quality out wide, Bowen would surely get international recognition if he could reproduce his form one level higher.
Charlie Kirk (Crewe)
Rickie Lambert’s rise to prominence proved that it is possible to progress from League Two to the national team.
The former Southampton striker was 31-years-old when he made his England debut, so time shouldn’t be an issue for Kirk, who is only 21.
The winger is a product of the famed youth setup at Crewe – a club that has previously launched the careers of David Platt, Dean Ashton, Danny Murphy and Robbie Savage, among plenty of other full internationals.
Kirk has already made over 120 senior appearances for the Railwaymen, after making his debut aged 16.
His direct wing-play was complemented by a healthy return of 11 goals last season, while manager David Artell has already described some of his performances as Championship standard.
If he is allowed to continue his growth higher up the pyramid, he could turn into something special.
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