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Three Championship stars destined for the Premier League

Almost every player dreams of playing in the Premier League, which is full of riches, acclaim and prestige. However, only a few manage to make it to the English top-flight where all the best footballers from around the world showcase their skills. 

The Premier League transfer window is underway, with clubs looking to bolster their squad for the second-half of the campaign. Many of the Championship stars could land a move to the top-flight before the end of the window. 

1- Anthony Patterson 

Anthony Patterson has shown great progress at Sunderland in the last few years. The 23-year-old played a pivotal role in helping the Black Cats to the Championship play-offs last season, starting all 46 matches. He has also featured in all league games this campaign. 

The English footballer’s impressive displays haven’t gone unnoticed, with Premier League giants Liverpool reportedly keen on him. The Reds have identified the young goalkeeper as a potential replacement for Caoimhin Kelleher in case the Irishman leaves in the summer. Patterson is under contract at the Stadium of Light until 2026 but the club could be tempted to cash in if a big offer arrives. 

2- Jack Clarke

Jack Clarke’s future has been the subject of much speculation this month, with the 23-year-old reportedly attracting interest from several Premier League clubs including West Ham United. The talented winger struggled to break through at Tottenham Hotspur and ended up joining Sunderland in 2022, initially on loan that was later made permanent. 

Clarke has seen a huge improvement in his fortunes since arriving at the Stadium of Light, making 45 goal contributions in 99 senior appearances. He has already netted 13 goals this campaign, making him the fourth highest goalscorer in the Championship. The former Leeds United star is contracted with the Black Cats until 2026, but if he continues performing like this, he will soon be snapped up by a top-flight team. 

3- Sammie Szmodics 

Sammie Szmodics has been earning rave reviews in the Championship this season. He is leading the scoring charts in the second-tier with an incredible 16 goals from 25 matches. 

Szmodics is something of a late developer having played for several League One clubs before landing a move to Blackburn Rovers in 2022. The 28-year-old didn’t hit the ground running for the Riversiders, but he has been absolutely unstoppable this campaign. The attacking midfielder could be a very attractive option for the top-flight clubs battling for survival in the Premier League. 

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