Are the teams leading the Championship good enough for the Premiership?

by Ben McAleer

Monday, November 29th, 2010
 

As we approach December and long winded Christmas break, it is interesting to think where the teams currently spearheading the Championship title charge come May. With Queens Park Rangers (QPR) currently unbeaten and eight points clear of the Play-off spot and five points clear of second placed Cardiff City, they are the undoubted favourites to win the title whilst it will be interesting to see if Cardiff can finally make it into the Premiership following their play-off defeat to Blackpool city last season. However, my main question has to be, are they good enough to survive in the top flight of English football should they both achieve promotion.

Surely both Neil Warnock and Dave Jones (QPR and Cardiff City managers respectively) have to draw strength from the performances of last years’ promotion winners with Newcastle, Blackpool and WBA sitting in 9th, 11th and 12th respectively all on nineteen points each. All three aren’t looking at all out of their depth this season and rightfully so. All have a decent squad with a decent manager in charge capable of survival and maybe more this season with the Premiership more open than ever as all three sit four points off 6th but five points off the relegation zone.

One team both QPR and Cardiff, coupled with the current play-off candidates, must not follow the example of is Derby County. Derby will mostly be remembered for their stint in the Premiership for finishing with a record lowest ever total of eleven points in their 2007/08 season confirming their relegation from the top tier of English football before April had even begun. Yet, with only nineteen games played and the frost of December still to work its way round football stadiums up and down England, a lot could change before May. Whilst the top of the Championship may have QPR next to it, May is still six months away and any team could sneak in to take that away and with any team from 3rd to 20th still able to claim a play-off place, absolutely nothing is decided yet.

For whatever team does manage to win promotion to the Premiership, I’m confident that any team has the mental and physical strength to survive in the top tier. Newcastle, Blackpool and WBA are all holding their own against the seasoned Premier League veterans and with the players at the disposal to the managers in the Championship, surely those that obtain promotion will have fairly won the right to play against England’s finest teams and, in my opinion, will be strong to survive in the Premiership against the best teams in England should that be QPR, Cardiff City, Swansea City or any other team performing well in the Championship.

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    if teams like Blackpool can win at Anfield then I don’t see why QPR can’t, they are one of the richest clubs in Europe after all, they also have the best player outside of the Premier League in Adel Taarabt.

    I fully expect the R’s to win the Championship and stay in the Premier League for a few years.

    As for Cardiff City, not so sure.

  • John Gallagher

    I would fancy QPR to stay up, we would need a more prolific striker than we currently have but we do have the defemce and midfield to be comfortable at the next level.

    Having see Cardiff on Saturday, I would say they are the reverse. They have the forward line, but need an additional midfielder, Olafinjan (Spelling??) doesn’t look good enough and their defence would be exposed for what it is, unless they strengthen in that area.

    I don’t think that there is anyone else in the division who would be capable of staying in the PL unless they go out and spend a shed load of money.

  • trefor

    “For whatever team does manage to win promotion to the Premiership, I’m confident that any team has the mental and physical strength to survive in the top tier.”

    So you’re basically saying anyone who goes up will stay up. This article pretty much says nothing.

    For the people doubting Cardiff’s strength, our current front line is Bellamy, Wales captain and arguably Man City’s best player (if not one of the premier league’s best) last season; Bothroyd, the first England international hailing from a Championship club in 3 years and Championship top scorer and player of the month, and Chopra, who is one of thhe most prolific strikers ever seen at this level and commanded over £7m in transfer fees the last few years. Add to that Whittingham, Burke, Koumas, Heaton, McNaughton, Adam Matthews. Any Championship manager bar Warnock would swap their entire squad for ours. The Blues are going up, make no mistake Saes

  • trefor

    “For whatever team does manage to win promotion to the Premiership, I’m confident that any team has the mental and physical strength to survive in the top tier.”

    So you’re basically saying anyone who goes up will stay up. This article pretty much says nothing.

    For the person doubting Cardiff’s strength, our current front line is Bellamy, Wales captain and arguably Man City’s best player (if not one of the premier league’s best) last season; Bothroyd, the first England international hailing from a Championship club in 3 years and Championship top scorer and player of the month, and Chopra, who is one of thhe most prolific strikers ever seen at this level and commanded over £7m in transfer fees the last few years. Add to that Whittingham, Burke, Koumas, Heaton, McNaughton, Adam Matthews. Any Championship manager bar Warnock would swap their entire squad for ours. The Blues are going up, make no mistake Saes

  • Ben McAleer

    I have the confidence that should a team get promoted they will be able to stay up and why not? Look at how the 3 teams that gained promotion are doing this season? Newcastle, fair enough, know what it takes to be a premiership outfit but for west brom (who, in past seasons, have often yo-yo’d between leagues) and blackpool, both teams are performing exceptionally well this season so i dont see why teams cant survive the massive step up to the PL. Obviously, this could all change by May but for now, all three are doing all the right things to survive.

    As for cardiff gaining promotion, i hope they do. The only problem is their tail-end form. Bellamy may be able to correct this with his PL experience but every season their form begins to worsen as the season comes to a close

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