With the Championship season in full swing the league is still as unpredictable as ever. International breaks during the season were introduced a few years ago and this clearly demonstrates the quality that the league possesses. There are a plethora of teams putting their name in the hat for both automatic promotion and play off places. For all the talent the leagues boast there are always players that don’t get the plaudits they deserve after a tireless campaign of football. With that being said here are some of the most underrated players across the Championship so far this season.
Brice Samba – Nottingham Forest
Having been a consistent performer at the City Grounds for a number of seasons now, Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba is in a difficult situation. With so many Premier League clubs already having established number ones, Samba would have to begin as an understudy in order to progress to the top flight. His skill has warranted a move despite going under the radar at times and with the Reds looking unlikely for automatic promotion anytime soon it might be an option the Congolese shot stopper may have to pursue. Criminally underrated, he has bailed his side out on a number of occasions and will continue to do so this season.
Chris Willock – Queens Park Rangers
QPR are enjoying something of a renaissance this season after years plagued by mediocrity and financial turmoil. Loftus Road feels alive again and part of that is down to the work of Chris Willock. The 23-year-old delivered late to give his side an away win at Middlesbrough that saw a rich vein of form and them rise in the Championship odds. With so many of the headlines surrounding his brother Joe, who completed a £25 million move this summer, attention has been away from Chris who has flourished under Mark Warburton. If the manager can continue to get the best out of the West London outfit, we could see the R’s return to the Premier League for the first time in seven years.
Cauley Woodrow – Barnsley
With Ivan Toney breaking the record for most Championship goals last season with 31, it is easy to overlook the good work of the other forwards in the division — namely Cauley Woodrow. After a difficult period in his career which saw him loaned from Fulham several times, the Barnsley forward finally found a home at Oakwell. He has drawn comparisons to Patrick Bamford stylistically, with his ability to press from the front and seemingly always find space in the right areas, the 26-year-old notched up 14 goals last season as the Colliers earnt an unlikely playoff place under Markus Schopp. Woodrow will need to repeat his same goalscoring potency this year in order for his side to be in a similar position come the end of the campaign.
The six-foot six towering centre half has been instrumental in keeping Cardiff City ticking over this season. Championship betting tips predict another close season in the promotion places, but a struggle with consistency left the bluebirds missing out towards the end of the last campaign. Flint has dusted himself down and started the new season with a house on fire, scoring four goals to put his name in the hat for the golden boot! Time will tell if the centre half can motivate his side to a top six finish this season but if not then he has at least put his name in the shop window for Premier League suitors.