Championship players who impressed at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar


In all 26 players from 15 different Championship clubs were called up by their countries for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. 


Some may have only warmed the bench, and were taken along to the tournament just for the experience, but others caught the eye and may be destined for a move to a bigger club in the near future, especially with the January transfer window set to open in a matter of weeks.


Ismaïla Sarr (Watford and Senegal)

Sarr needs no introduction, having previously been linked with moves to the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle in the past and it was something of a surprise that he remained with Watford after their relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.


A regular for the Senegal side under manager Aliou Cissé, and part of the team that won the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, injury to captain Sadio Mané meant that he was given an even bigger role than he could have expected in the World Cup.


He scored the goal that gave his side the lead in their vital last group game against Ecuador that enabled his team to qualify out of their group.

Reaching the last 16 was about what his country should have expected, although they were then well beaten by England.


It seems almost inevitable that Premier League clubs will again be looking at him when the January transfer window opens, and that Sarr will want a move.


Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United and Senegal)

The injury to Mané gave others the opportunity to impress in Qatar, and one of the beneficiaries was Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye. He came on as a substitute in their second group match against Qatar, and, so good was his performance, that he started the match against Ecuador and played the whole game.


Whilst Sheffield United may be hoping he can spearhead a successful promotion campaign; he is another player that Premier League clubs may be tracking.


Connor Roberts (Burnley and Wales)

Although the World Cup was largely a disappointing one for Wales, Connor Roberts did not let his country down in any of their group matches, sharing right-back duties with Neco Williams.


With many of the Welsh old guard set to retire, he can expect to have a big role in their future, although his immediate priority is to help Burnley bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.


Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City and Poland)

Bielik joined Birmingham on loan from Derby County at the start of the season and the performances of the defensive midfielder were enough to earn him a place in the Poland squad for the World Cup.


He did not start any of the games, but was used as a substitute to add some solidity and midfield rigour late in games.


He has never quite fulfilled the promise that he showed when Arsenal signed him as a teenager, but he may finally be demonstrating the consistency needed to play at a higher level.