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3 Championship strikers that have impressed so far

25 March 2020 | Championship | Opinion
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3 Championship strikers that have impressed so far

The Championship is also amongst one of many leagues around the world to be postponed due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, but the temporary halt in proceedings at least gives us a chance to reflect on the second tier season so far and three forwards that have impressed in this campaign to date.

The usual suspects of Championship league leaders, Leeds United’s Bamford (13 goals), 2nd placed West Brom’s Robson-Kanu (10 goals) and 3rd placed Fulham’s Mitrovic (23 goals) are well represented, but the following three strikers have been impressive so far and have raised a few eyebrows as well…

Firstly, Ollie Watkins (Brentford) was given the unenviable task of taking over the reigns of former Bees striker, Neil Maupay (25 goals for Brentford last season), but Watkins has relished the opportunity to lead the line for the London club as his haul of 22 goals to date indicates.

Watkins has contributed 34% of Brentford’s total output of 64 goals so far this season under manager, Thomas Frank, and it would be a fitting end to an era at Brentford’s Griffin Park if The Bees get promoted through the exploits of Watkins up front.

Watkins has scored the 1st goal in 7 of his 22 goals.

Our second striker under the microscope is Huddersfield Town’s Karlan Ahearne-Grant (16 goals) who has accounted for 36% of Huddersfield’s goals so far in this season’s Championship campaign, second only to Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic in terms of contribution % with Mitrovic providing an excellent 44% of Fulham’s goals to date.

But one statistic that Ahearne-Grant has matched Mitrovic so far this season is the fact that The Terriers’ striker has scored the 1st goal in 12 of his 16-goal haul to date this term, which has helped Danny Cowley’s side avoid dropping down into the relegation zone.

Ahearne-Grant’s most successful season in front of goal prior to this current campaign was back in the 2018/19 season when he notched 14 goals for Charlton Athletic in League One.

Thirdly, we take a look at the goalscoring exploits of Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) who has arguably impressed the most given the current situation that Barnsley find themselves in as his side sit bottom of the Championship.

Nevertheless, Woodrow has scored a total of 14 goals so far this season out of Barnsley’s total of 42 goals and has made a contribution of 33% amidst The Tykes’ bid to avoid relegation back down to League One.

It’s been a tough season for Barnsley but Woodrow has certainly been the shining light in what has been a disappointing campaign for the Yorkshire outfit, and he’s scored the 1st goal in 8 of his 14 goals to date.

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Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Leeds United 71 37 21 8 8 56 30 26
2. West Bromwich 70 37 19 13 5 64 37 27
3. Fulham 64 37 18 10 9 52 38 14
4. Brentford 60 37 17 9 11 64 33 31
5. Nottingham Forest 60 37 16 12 9 48 38 10
6. Preston North End 56 37 16 8 13 50 45 5
7. Bristol City 55 37 15 10 12 51 53 -2
8. Millwall 54 37 13 15 9 44 40 4
9. Cardiff City 54 37 13 15 9 52 50 2
10. Blackburn Rovers 53 37 14 11 12 52 45 7
11. Swansea City 53 37 13 14 10 46 45 1
12. Derby County 51 37 13 12 12 49 49 0
13. QPR 50 37 14 8 15 58 62 -4
14. Reading 48 37 13 9 15 46 42 4
15. Sheffield Wednesday 48 37 13 9 15 46 49 -3
16. Birmingham City 47 37 12 11 14 48 57 -9
17. Stoke City 42 37 12 6 19 49 55 -6
18. Huddersfield 42 37 11 9 17 45 58 -13
19. Middlesbrough 41 37 9 14 14 37 47 -10
20. Wigan Athletic 41 37 10 11 16 38 50 -12
21. Hull City 41 37 11 8 18 49 63 -14
22. Charlton Athletic 39 37 10 9 18 44 54 -10
23. Luton Town 35 37 10 5 22 43 71 -28
24. Barnsley 34 37 8 10 19 42 62 -20

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