And it’s the teams that clinch promotion who are often among those best placed to attract the top young talent from the second tier. They tend to have a greater understanding of which players may be available from the league they’ve just escaped.
That’s certainly the case for Newcastle, who have already been linked with a number of summer raids on some of their Championship counterparts.
He also has two assists to his name and his composure and ability to find a team-mate, be it in the final third or from the back belies his tender years.
His technical ability and pace have unsurprisingly drawn admiring glances from the top teams in the country and Sessegnon’s next move, when it does come, will almost undoubtedly be to a team in the upper reaches of the Premier League.
He may have only signed for Wolves permanently in January, and for a notable fee at that, but that won’t prevent teams from the top-flight from monitoring Costa’s progress closely.
The Portuguese turned 23 at the start of the year and is unquestionably one of the Championship’s most exciting wingers, as well as the real difference maker for Paul Lambert’s side.
With 10 goals and eight assists he leads the way for Wolves in both categories, and his threat on the counter, combining pace and trickery on the ball, has been an invaluable asset since his arrival from Benfica.
— FL72 Goals (@FL72Goals) April 3, 2017
When you consider that Costa leads the team for shots per game (1.8), key passes (1.7) and dribbles (1.4), it’s no surprise the club were desperate to avoid missing out on permanently signing a player who had been attracting interest from elsewhere.
It would also be no shock to see that interest resurface before too long, although Wolves would no doubt demand a handsome profit on the £13m they spent to secure his services.
Most Premier League sides will have that financial muscle in the summer and a move to a team with top half aspirations could yet be on the cards.
After six loan deals in the space of two years, Norwich felt that Jacob Murphy was ready to make the step up to the senior squad this year. The 22-year old certainly hasn’t disappointed.
The winger has filled the boots of Nathan Redmond with aplomb, scoring nine goals and registering six assists in 37 league appearances thus far.
The youngster has an eye for the spectacular and a powerful shot with which to back it up, scoring three times from distance this season. He also ranks among the top ten players in the league for successful dribbles.
Having only turned 22 in February, he has bags of potential there and there’s little question he has emerged as the stronger Murphy twin – brother Josh has played a far more peripheral role this season despite having earned more caps at youth level with England.
It would be no surprise whatsoever if Jacob followed in Redmond’s footsteps to earn a Premier League move either this year or next. Like Costa at Wolves, he too leads his side in shots and dribbles this season, so Norwich would also command a considerable fee for their prized asset.
— Ojo Olayiwola A. (@Olayiwolar1) April 7, 2017
Leeds adopted a risky strategy in January, rejecting offers for left-back Charlie Taylor, who is out of contract this summer, from a number of Premier League clubs.
They are hoping to persuade the 23-year old to stay if they can return to the top-flight via the play-offs. Fail to do so and the defender will almost certainly leave, sparking a battle for his services.
The likes of Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and West Brom are all thought to have had offers in the region of £7m rebuffed at the start of the year, given the situation with his contract that proves just how highly Leeds regard their enterprising young full-back.
Despite missing a large chunk of the campaign through injury, Taylor has still played a significant role in their success under Monk after all.
With three assists in 25 starts and 1.2 successful dribbles per game he is among the most effective attacking outlets from full-back in the second tier and there is no real weakness in his game to exploit.
Taylor has been linked to a move to Liverpool in recent months and given Jurgen Klopp’s evident lack of faith in Alberto Moreno, the Reds’ interest in bolstering their options at left-back would come as no surprise.
Tottenham reportedly showed an interest last year while Palace are believed to have had a bid rejected in January.
Newcastle are also tipped to move for the youngster in a bid to bolster their ranks upon a potential Premier League return, Billing may have plenty of options this summer.
With a contract until 2020 though, he certainly won’t go cheap and having made a real impression against Manchester City in the FA Cup earlier this year, he’s been tipped for the top.
Let’s hope he can live up to his, ahem, billing.