5 of the best young forward talents in the Championship this season
The Championship is a league that has seen the likes of Harry Kane and Dwight Gayle fine tune their striking credentials.
This season is no different, with another crop of talented young forwards already lighting up the division.
We look at three dangerous youngsters who are already finding the net, and two more who could be the next big thing…
Jarrod Bowen, Hull City
Bowen has really found his shooting boots at the KCOM Stadium this season.
The 20-year-old has hit five goals in eight appearances so far this term to sit second in the Championship’s scoring charts.
He’s much more than just a goalscorer, though.
Standing at 5ft 8in, Bowen is also an impressive crosser of the ball.
Boasting a real all-round game, the ex-Hereford United man will be a sought after player in the January window.
Andre Green, Aston Villa
He’s out injured at the moment, but Andre Green has already shown his quality during this campaign.
At 19-years-old, the Solihull-born youngster looks to have the skill and the technique to play higher up.
Naturally right-footed, the teenager is often deployed on the left where he can then cut inside and trouble opposition defences.
With his acceleration, pace and eye for goal – check out his strike against Norwich City – the Villa man is a player we’re extremely excited about it.
Neal Maupay, Brentford
Brentford fans are already raving about this 21-year-old French forward.
And why not?
The Bees striker has hit three goals already this season and has been unlucky not to net a shed load more.
Once he really finds his feet in English football, the ex-St Etienne man will be a dangerous prospect.
George Hirst, Sheffield Wednesday
Hirst hasn’t actually played a game yet for the Owls.
But that didn’t stop Leicester City bidding £2m for the attacker on Transfer Deadline Day.
Born in 1999, the 18-year-old was England’s joint top-scorer at the Toulon Tournament this summer.
After scoring 40 goals in total at youth level last season, we’re hoping the 6ft 3in centre-forward gets his chance at Hillsborough this campaign.
Danny Loader, Reading
At just 17-years-old the Royals striker still has a long way to go to be the finished article.
But his early performances at youth level promise great things in the future.
He bagged five in 15 games for Reading’s Under-18s last season.
And he’s followed that up this campaign with a clinical brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-23s recently.
If the England Under-17 international can continue his progression, Jaap Stam may have to consider giving Loader a go in the first-team.
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