Most expensive Championship transfers so far this summer, including Blackburn Rovers, West Brom, and Stoke

2 Aug

The Championship season is upon us and most clubs have been busy in the transfer market.

We’ve seen all sorts of deals go through, including some smart loan deal and some incredible free transfers.

Christian Norgaard has left Serie A side Fiorentina for Brentford this summer
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Last summer we saw three players move for more than £10million to second tier sides but this year we haven’t seen a single one as teams tighten their purse strings.

No longer can the pursuit of Premier League football be supplemented with massive money. Instead, it’s all about the smart purchases.

But who have been the most expensive Championship signings in the summer of 2019? Find out below.



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15. Will Vaulks (Rotherham to Cardiff City) – £2.1m

14. Christian Norgaard (Fiorentina to Brentford) – £2.8m

13. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford to West Brom – £2.9m

12. Ethan Pinnock (Barnsley to Brentford) – £3m

Ethan Pinnock in action for Barnsley
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11. David Raya (Blackburn to Brentford) – £3m

10. Mathias Jensen (Celta Vigo to Brentford) – £3.5m

Mathias Jensen in action for Denmark at the 2019 European Under-21 Championship
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9. Tommy Smith (Huddersfield to Stoke City) – £4m

8. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough to Cardiff City) – £4m

Aden Flint played for Bristol City prior to his spell at Middlesbrough and was well known for his goal-scoring habits
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7. Sam Gallagher (Southampton to Blackburn) – £5m

Things didn’t quite work out for Sam Gallagher at Southampton
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6. Robert Glatzel (Heidenheim to Cardiff City) – £5.5m

Robert Glatzel scored a hat-trick for Heidenheim against Bayern Munich in the German cup last season
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5. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United to Brentford) – £5.5m

Pontus Jansson was a fan favourite at Leeds
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4. Ivan Sunjic (Dinamo Zagreb to Birmingham City) – £6.3m

3. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City to West Brom) – £8m

Kenneth Zohore only managed one goal in the Premier League last season
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2. Tomas Kalas (Chelsea to Bristol City) – £8m

Tomas Kalas has finally left Chelsea on a permanent deal having joined in 2010
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1. Isaac Mbenza (Montpellier to Huddersfield) – £11.25m

Isaac Mbenza’s loan move to the Terriers was made permanent this summer.
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England Under-21s: Who was in the team? Who do they play for? How much first-team experience do they have?

27 Mar

England’s under-21s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Germany after conceding a late goal in Bournemouth.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side had been on a brilliant run of 18-games undefeated before the loss at the Vitality Stadium.

Phil Foden featured for the under-21s

There is plenty of talent in the young England side with a number of the players seeing regular first team action in either the Premier League or Championship.

The under-21s are preparing for the European Championships with high hopes of emulating the success of younger age groups who have come home with silverware.

Dominic Solanke scored England’s goal

Callum Hudson-Odoi would have been in the squad if he had not been called up to the senior side as a late replacement.

A lot was made of his lack of first team experience as he has made just 23 appearances for the Chelsea first-team.

Here is a look at the players who featured for England on Tuesday night and how much experience they have gained despite their youth.

Dean Henderson – Goalkeeper

Age: 22

Club: Sheffield United (on loan from Manchester United)

First team appearances: 102 (none for United)

Kyle Walker-Peters – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

First team appearances: 17

Kyle Walker-Peters in action for the England Under-21s

Dael Fry – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Middlesbrough

First team appearances: 43

Jack Clarke-Salter – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea)

First team appearances: 46 (two for Chelsea)

Ryan Sessegnon – Defender/winger

Age: 18

Club: Fulham

First team appearances: 114

Ryan Sessegnon has made 114 appearances for Fulham despite being just 18

Tom Davies – Midfielder

Age: 20

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 86

Kieran Dowell – Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: Sheffield United (on loan from Everton)

First team appearances: 51 (five for Everton)

Demarai Gray – Winger

Age: 22

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 210 (including 78 for Birmingham)

Demarai Gray plays for Leicester

Phil Foden – Midfielder

Age: 18

Club: Manchester City

First team appearances: 33

Harvey Barnes – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 88 (15 for Leicester)

Dominic Solanke – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Bournemouth

First team appearances: 59 (five for Bournemouth)

Will Solanke get his chance at Bournemouth after a tough spell at Liverpool?

Substitutes who came on:

Ezri Konsa – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Brentford

First team appearances: 125 (39 for Brentford)

Jay Dasilva – Defender

Age: 20

Club: Bristol City (on loan from Chelsea)

First team appearances: 77 (none for Chelsea)

Dominic Clavert-Lewin – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 130 (87 for Everton)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin plays for Everton

Hamza Choudhury – Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 45 (17 for Leicester)

Ademola Lookman – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 102 (42 for Everton)

James Maddison – Attacking midfielder

Age: 22

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 144 (31 for Leicester)

Chelsea news: More than half of weekend Championship games featured Blues-owned players

22 Oct

More than half of the games played in the Championship at the weekend featured one or more Chelsea-owned player.

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United had three of the Premier League side’s players on their benches, as The Times point out.

Chelsea players in the Championship this weekend

Sheffield Wednesday (Michael Hector) v Middlesbrough

Ipswich Town (Trevoh Chalobah) v QPR

Wigan Athletic (Reece James) v West Bromwich Albion

Hull City (Todd Kane) v Preston North End

Derby County (Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori) v Sheffield United

Brentford v Bristol City (Jay Dasilva)

Aston Villa (Tammy Abraham) v Swansea City

Blackburn (Kasey Palmer – bench) v Leeds (Jamal Blackman, Lewis Baker – bench)

The Blues are renowned for sending a host of talented players out on loan each year and a small army of their rising stars have again headed out in search of first team experience this season.

Chelsea are often criticised for this approach, but many of the youngsters are flourishing.

Mount, 19, was even called up by Gareth Southgate to train with England’s senior squad for the recent games against Croatia and Spain.

He has thrived under manager Frank Lampard and said the Chelsea legend is someone he would love to emulate.

“It’s a long season so I’m going to learn so much off him. If I can achieve half of what he has I will be very happy,” he said.

Mason Mount is one of the many Chelsea-owned players playing in the Championship this season