29 Jan 2014

We've asked Millwall's Republic of Ireland international David Forde to do a spot of scouting for Men United. We asked David to look out for men of substance, determination and strength. The type of people we would want to sign for Men United.

Here are the players Fordey's faced that he ranks as the best in the Championship...

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Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn Rovers
Rhodes is probably one of the most natural finishers in the country, let alone the Championship. He has scored goals wherever he's been, and it was probably a surprise to many that Ipswich let him go for a relatively small fee when he was a youngster there. At Huddersfield he went from strength to strength and helped them get into the Championship, and despite having the pressure of playing with a big-money tag over him, he continues to score almost every week for Blackburn.

Aaron Cresswell - Ipswich Town
Cresswell has set up more goals than anybody else in the Championship so far this season, which is great going for a left-back. You could say that Ipswich took a gamble on him when they signed him from Tranmere, but what a buy he has turned out to be. At 24 Cresswell still has room for improvement, but he's already great going forward and I'm sure Mick McCarthy has made him work on the defensive side of his game. It wouldn't surprise me to see a Premier League move soon.

Anthony Knockaert - Leicester City
We've come up against Knockaert twice this season and he was probably the best player on the park in both games. It took some great work from their scouting team to find a player of his ability and bring him to the club from France. He can play on either flank and behind the striker, is quick, can score goals and has a brilliant left foot. Leicester have got some really good players so it's no surprise to see them top of the League, but Knockaert is probably the best of the lot.

Danny Ings - Burnley
It's hard to believe that Ings is still only 21 because it seems as if he has been around for a long time. He started his career well at Bournemouth but was unlucky with a few injuries when he signed for Burnley. But this season, under Sean Dyche, he's become one of the best strikers in the League. Burnley's challenge is trying to hold on to him long-term because he's bound to be linked with Premier League clubs if he keeps scoring as many goals as he is at the moment.

Craig Bryson - Derby County
I was really impressed with Bryson when Derby came to The Den earlier in the season. They beat us 5-1, and Bryson got a hat-trick, all of which were brilliant strikes. He's added goals to his game this year and has really improved as a midfielder under Nigel Clough and now Steve McClaren. At 27, he's probably approaching his prime, so it will be great for Derby if they can keep hold of him for a few more years. For me, he's probably been the best midfielder in the League this season.

David has chosen his five top talents from the Championship. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below.

You can also read Charlton skipper, Johnnie Jackson's Championship Five here too.

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