9 Players Perfect for the Championship But Not Quite Good Enough in the Premier League

When a side is promoted from the Championship to the Premier League, they are heavily reliant on their star players carrying their form into the top-flight if they are to avoid relegation. This is particularly true for strikers as it is so often a lack of goals that prove the downfall of newly promoted clubs. While a player may be prolific in the Championship, the Premier League often proves to be too big a step up. Here are nine players who have proven themselves to be brilliant in the...

Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede's appeared to be heading for a disastrous time in England, scoring just seven Championship goals for Cardiff from 2011 to 2013.


However, he hit real form for Blackburn as he scored thirty-three league goals in sixty games as he finally settled in England with his aerial prowess.


He then proved the Premier League was one step too far as he scored only five goals for Aston Villa in the 2015/16 season, though fortunately his side were relegated down to a league more suited to him.

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes has worked his way up the ladder in English football, scoring thirty-six goals in forty League One games for Huddersfield in 2011/12 and earning a move to Blackburn.


His partnership with fellow Premier League hater Rudy Gestede saw Rhodes score twenty-seven, twenty-five and twenty-one goals in his first three Championship seasons.


Rhodes got his chance in the Premier League with Middlesbrough, but was given just six appearances and proved unable to score a goal in the top-flight.

Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray's thirty goals in the 2012/13 Championship season led Crystal Palace to the Premier League, but proved far less prolific in the top-flight as he mustered one goal in fourteen appearances.


Bournemouth signed Murray ahead of the 2015/16 to give the striker another chance in the league, but only three goals followed and he was loaned to Championship Brighton last season.


Murray found his form with fourteen in twenty-two games but was surely devastated when Brighton were promoted and his move back to the Premier League was made permanent.

David Nugent

David Nugent's seemingly endless career has shown he should perhaps stick to the Championship and away from the dizzy heights of the Premier League.


Nugent has reached double figures for goals in six of his nine seasons in the Championship, but in six seasons in the Premier League has never scored more than six goals.


Luckily for Nugent, he is currently with Derby who are safely nestled in the Championship.

Cameron Jerome

After three forlorn seasons in the Premier League first with Stoke and then with Crystal Palace, Cameron Jerome was signed by Championship side Norwich ahead of the 2014/15 season.


He scored eighteen league goals as he found his best form, leading the club to promotion. Back in the Premier League, Jerome again suffered and scored just three goals in thirty-four games.


Jerome enjoyed his return to the Championship with sixteen league goals last season, and will be hoping Norwich aren't promoted in the near future.

Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy hasn't had a chance to shine in the Premier League for many years now, though his initial showing in the top-flight may explain why that is.


After just three goals for Sunderland in the 2007/08 season, he impressively produced an even worse season the following year as he didn't score a single goal in twenty-three appearances.


Recently, Murphy has shone for Ipswich in the Championship as he reached double figures in three consecutive seasons, including being the league's top scorer in 2014/15 with twenty-seven goals.

Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford spent five years on loan as part of Chelsea's curious youth policy, first in the Championship and then to no great success in the Premier League.


He scored seventeen league goals for Middlesbrough in 2014/15, and earned his loan move to the top-flight with Crystal Palace the next season.


Given just six appearances, he didn't score a single goal and proceeded to try and play for every Premier League club across the next couple of seasons as he managed just one goal in total playing for Norwich, Burnley and Middlesbrough.

Tom Ince

Tom Ince has been extremely prolific in the Championship for an attacking midfielder, scoring eighteen league goals for Blackpool in the 2012/13 season.


After unsuccessful spells with Crystal Palace and Hull in the Premier League, Ince dropped down a league and starred with Derby as he reached double figures for goals in his three seasons at the club.


Ince signed for Huddersfield ahead of this season, and a stellar pre-season suggests he could finally be ready for the Premier League.

Abel Hernandez

Abel Hernandez's four seasons in England have perfectly shown that he is great for the Championship but absolutely not for the Premier League.


He scored just four goals in his first season as Hull were relegated from the top-flight, but showed his worth in the Championship the following season with twenty goals as Hull were promoted again.


After another poor campaign in the Premier League last season, Hernandez is evidently feeling better in the Championship this season as he started with a hat-trick against Burton this weekend.

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