5) Andre Gray
After his first season of playing in the Championship, Brentford forward Andre Gray has attracted interest from relegated side Hull City, which only highlights his fantastic ability and potential. The Tigers are preparing a bid of £9million for the 24-year-old striker, who scored 18 goals last season for the Bees including one already in the new campaign, whilst Burnley are also believed to be in the race to sign Gray. The Wolverhampton-born player signed for Brentford at the beginning of last season from Luton Town for an undisclosed fee – and if Gray was to move to Hull for £9million, Luton would receive £1.8million as part of the deal. For the Hatters, Gray hit home 57 goals in 111 appearances whilst the club were playing in the Conference Premier. Brentford fans will hope Gray will remain at Griffin Park as he plays with a tremendous work-rate; he is pacey and knows where the back of the net is. Wherever Gray ends up – or if he does in fact stay in West London – he will be in a side challenging for promotion and will definitely be high up in the top goalscorer chart.
4) Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy certainly shocked a lot of fans when he took home this award with relative ease last season, scoring an astonishing 27 goals, which was six more than anyone else. Murphy has never really been known for his goalscoring abilities, as his next highest total in a season was 13 that he got in the 2013/14 campaign. However, he managed to significantly improve on that at the age of 32, helping Ipswich Town to a play-off spot under manager Mick McCarthy. After such a successful season, fans have been wondering why Murphy has never been that prolific before, but fans of Ipswich won’t care as he is bringing them goals now and he is expected to continue this form on into the next season. The ex-Celtic and Sunderland striker has understandably attracted interest from bigger clubs including Middlesbrough, who lost in the Championship Play-Off Final to the Tractor Boys’ rivals Norwich City. Pressure could be on Murphy to score as much as he did last season, which will undoubtedly be a difficult task, but one that he could thrive on. If Murphy stays at Ipswich, which looks very likely, they could enjoy another brilliant season, maybe reaching the play-offs again.
3) Jordan Rhodes
No introduction is needed for this striker. Jordan Rhodes is as good as they come for goals in the Football League: 87 goals in 148 games for Huddersfield Town and 74 goals in 143 appearances for Blackburn Rovers, who he is still currently playing for. Amazing stats that are only going to be improved by the Scottish international. Like most transfer windows, Rhodes has been heavily linked with a move away from Ewood Park with Premier League side Sunderland being a possible destination. Although, the striker has begun the season at Blackburn and their fans will obviously hope he will still be a Blue and White come the end of the season. Rovers have already lost Rudy Gestede to Aston Villa this summer. The French striker, who is a powerful presence in the air, scored one less (20) than Rhodes in the league last season, which is why it is incredibly important Gary Bowyer can retain the services of Rhodes for at least another season until the cycled is repeated again. You cannot possibly have a discussion about top goalscorers in the Championship without including Jordan Rhodes; he will be in contention for the award again, unless he decides to move up a league to the Premiership.
2) Benik Afobe
Having started the 2014/15 season on loan at MK Dons in League 1, Benik Afobe must have thought it would be another year of being loaned out by Arsenal to several Football League clubs and that he wouldn’t find a permanent home. He would have been wrong if he thought that, as he ended the season as one of the Championship’s most deadliest strikers in front of goal. The 22-year-old scored an impressive total of 19 goals in all competitions for MK Dons, which then stimulated a bid from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January. Arsenal sold their striker to Wolves for a fee rumoured to be around £2million – and the dominant striker didn’t disappoint in the West Midlands. Afobe, who, after five years of being loaned out by Arsenal, found a new permanent club, scored 13 goals for Wolves, making him the country’s joint-top scorer with 32 goals. Phenomenal. The ex-Arsenal youth product has already got his goal tally off and rolling this season as he scored past Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the season. He will now be expected to keep adding to this throughout the season, making him a really strong candidate to become the league’s top goalscorer.
1) Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin, 26, who currently still remains a Queens Park Rangers player, had the season of his life last time around: he scored a remarkable total of 18 goals in the Premier League and got his first ever England call-up. As expected, with QPR failing to beat the drop and ending their short stay in the Premier League, Austin is being heavily monitored by several clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, with a price tag of £13-15million. However, if he does somehow end up staying at Loftus Road, he could be given a new deal by the Hoops. Expect this transfer saga to last until deadline day. Austin, though, played in QPR’s opening day defeat to Charlton Athletic, and if does stay in the Championship, he has to be considered for the top goalscorer award. The ex-Burnley and Swindon Town forward has scored an outstanding amount of 216 goals in his career. He is a real poacher who has incredible finishing and will surely be one of the league’s top goalscorers if he stays with QPR.