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Fantasy football 2017/18: Which Championship players could star in the Premier League?

With Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield heading into the top flight, we analysed the performances of five players

Huddersfield – yes little old Huddersfield – will officially be a Premier League team next season, which means fantasy football managers have a new set of players to consider.

The Terriers defied all the odds to beat Reading in the richest game on the planet, joining Newcastle and Brighton in the top flight for the 2017/18 campaign.

But which players could be an instant hit when it comes to racking up those Dream Team points?

We’ve focused on five players, with the help of WhoScored, who we reckon could really make an impression in the Premier League…

1 Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)

Knockaert was inspirational for Brighton

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Knockaert was inspirational for Brighton

The Championship Player of the Year has been confined to England’s second tier for far too long after flirting with promotion a couple of times in recent years.

People forget he missed *that* penalty for Leicester against Watford in the play-offs in 2013 which led to Troy Deeney going up the other end to score, so for him to recover so strongly is admirable.

He also showed huge mental strength to produce such exhilarating performances for Brighton after the devastating death of his father this season.

WhoScored gave Knockaert a season rating of 7.60 – bettered only by Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane in the Championship – after a brilliant return of 15 goals and eight assists.

2 Michael Hefele (Huddersfield)

Hefele could be Huddersfield’s answer to David Luiz

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Hefele could be Huddersfield’s answer to David Luiz

The Premier League might have a new cult hero on its way after Hefele’s Huddersfield clinched promotion with play-off final victory over Reading.

The charismatic German centre-back is an endearing character with an eye for goal, particularly after smashing 10 in 69 league appearances for Dynamo Dresden before his move to England last summer.

Hefele may have missed a penalty in the shootout at Wembley but he’s generally been a rock for David Wagner’s side while also finding the net five times in all competitions.

3 Christian Atsu (Newcastle)

Atsu is out to prove Chelsea wrong

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Atsu is out to prove Chelsea wrong

Having recently penned a permanent deal from Chelsea, Atsu might be out to prove a point to the Premier League champions that they shouldn’t have been so happy to let him leave.

The Ghanaian winger is certainly from the maverick school of professional footballers but the Toon Army love players who will get them off their seats, with the likes of Laurent Robert and Hatem Ben Arfa both instant heroes in the past.

Atsu was a useful asset off the bench for the Magpies last summer but he may make a regular starting spot his own when they get back amongst the big boys.

He can take a mean free kick, so fantasy football managers will like his chances from dead ball situations.

4 Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

Mooy is the first bald man to feature in our list

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Mooy is the first bald man to feature in our list

Mooy makes Huddersfield tick and was instrumental in the final, scoring an emphatic penalty in the shootout, so should be a real priority for Wagner to snap up permanently.

Fans were generally very pleased for a player who was shunned by Manchester City after a pretty high profile signing from Australian side Melbourne City.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper believes his countryman is the best Australian currently playing professional football and he has all the credentials to make the step up.

His WhoScored rating for the season was 7.08; a pretty rosy return for a central midfielder and better than the same as Tammy Abraham.

5 Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)

Shelvey will battle Mooy for the best new bald player in the top flight

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Shelvey will battle Mooy for the best new bald player in the top flight

For someone as supremely talented as Shelvey the Championship simply isn’t the right platform for him to regularly showcase what he has to offer.

Like Atsu, Newcastle fans hold him in high regard because of his ability to conjure something from absolutely nothing.

A proper box-to-box midfielder who, given he stays fit and firing, could became a decent fantasy football points machine after his five goals and eight assists this season.

Can’t wait for next season? Here’s everything you need to know about the Dream Team game – which will be back and better than ever in 2017/18 – and keep up to date with our fantasy football live blog for all the latest updates.