The big risks in the season ahead

A strong Nottingham Forest Reds bid, top two war between Leeds United and Norwich City, rising stars in Derby and power-forces from midlands are some of the headlines facing the promotion in May.

Emerging Whites are tentatively picking their prized assets up from the medical room that has the former Chelsea man GBP 7m Patrick Bamford fit to play since a transfer completed in last summer. But the waiting may not last long.

Rising star in the Derby County, a stronger attacking-minded, Rams’ young squad soaring their own value and the emergence of popular goal scoring highlights in Midland could all weigh on markets and rival scouts.

The target and the loan system

Sky Bet EFL clubs are allowed to have eight players on loan, but can only pick a maximum of five loanees in their match squad. They can also only sign a maximum of four players from a specific club – of which no more than two can be over the age of 23.

Relegation battle and the bottom six

Rotherham United would not back down quickly on its survival plan to dropping back to League One. Any increase in tensions between the bottom six would probably deal a blow to last year League One Champion Wigan Athletic. The Millers came out one win out of last 12 matches. They fell sharply in the table.

The last play-off place

Hull City start the year brightly. They rose to season high 8th place after unbeaten in last ten league games. Some concerns diminished after he found out the news report. Nigel Adkins said it was “great the club are not looking to sell” amid increasing speculation on the in-demand winger, Jarrod Bowen. Still, he faces a challenge sharping his formation system, which will be key to bid the promotion this time while they could miss the Australian service of Jackson Irvine who is on duty in Asian Cup. Nonetheless, Hull supporters will watch to see if the manager can maintain a healthy squad even while FA cup is also on their sight.

Wigan woes

The Latics’ plunge since December to only 6point after 28 games adrift to drop zone is bad news for many spectators, not the least Paul Cook. It needs some new investments to reinforce their existed squad and academy facilities. The ownership change means that Wigan Athletic’s new financial support might be enough to attract the high profile football star to join.

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