We take a look at 25 of the biggest talents under 25 years old playing in the Sky Bet Championship in 2022/23...

Josh Bowler, Blackpool (23)

Josh Bowler started his career at QPR and made one Championship appearance before signing a three-year deal at Everton in July 2017. First-team chances were non-existent, though, and it was not until two years later that he was given a chance to prove himself at senior level when he joined Hull on a season-long loan.

Last summer, Bowler signed for Blackpool on a one-year deal and he played all bar four league games as the Seasiders surpassed expectations to finish 23 points clear of the relegation zone in 16th. Comfortable on either flank, he scored seven league goals and set up another three. Blackpool exercised their option to extend his stay at Bloomfield Road for a further 12 months this summer and the 23-year-old is sure to be a big part of Michael Appleton's plans this term.

Ben Brereton Diaz, Blackburn Rovers (23)

This young man was one of the shining lights in the Championship last year. A 1000/1 antepost shot to score 20 league goals, the 23-year-old - who is now a senior Chilean international - finished with 22, which put him joint-third in the second tier rankings. Not bad for a player who had scored 18 in the five seasons prior.

Comfortable playing on either flank or through the middle, where he has begun to make a name for himself, Brereton Diaz - who recently signed a one-year contract extension - will be a key component for Jon Dahl Tomasson's Rovers side going forward - that is if he does not depart Ewood Park this summer, with several clubs across Europe vying for his signature.

Joe Bursik, Stoke City (22)

The No 1 spot was never set in stone at Stoke last season - and Joe Bursik knows it all too well. The England U21 international started the campaign as the Potters' first-choice goalkeeper, was then dropped for five matches, returned for five and then missed two months through injury. He returned to make seven more, but was largely kept out of the team by Jack Bonham after Adam Davies' departure to Sheffield United.

Bursik is closing in on 100 senior appearances - 76 of which have come in the Sky Bet EFL, both with the Potters and across loan spells with Accrington, Doncaster, Peterborough and Lincoln - which is an impressive number for a 22-year-old. Providing Michael O'Neill does not decide to bring another goalkeeper in to challenge Bursik and Bonham, the former is likely to start the season between the sticks, making the regular appearances he needs to further his development.

Tyrese Campbell - Stoke City (22)

As the son of ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin, Tyrese Campbell has learned from the best. Since making his Stoke debut in 2018, he has shown himself to be a formidable frontman in his own right, but also a real creative force when often deployed on the right wing. The reality is that he has only been able to show his potential in pockets, owing to a serious knee injury sustained in December 2020.

The 22-year-old completed his path to recovery when he returned to action last October and he was quickly reintegrated into the squad by Michael O'Neill, though he was restricted to just 10 starts. As the Potters plot to end a longer-than-planned stay in the second tier, it is time for the former England U20 international to once again show the world what he is all about.

Ilias Chair - QPR (24)

Ilias Chair is only 24, but he is part of the furniture at QPR. He arrived in west London on trial in 2017, never left and broke into Mark Warburton's first team thinking at the start of 2019/20 after a glittering loan spell at Stevenage in League Two. He has missed just 14 Championship matches in the past three seasons combined, scoring 21 goals and assisting another 15.

The Belgian-born Morocco international has been a revelation as Rangers' playmaker, despite previously being told England "was not for me" by those around him. Most comfortable as a No 10, Chair was deployed in a variety of midfield positions by Warburton last term, as well as spending time on the wing, and will be integral to any aspirations new boss Michael Beale has of taking the club back to the Premier League.

Jack Clarke, Sunderland (21)

Jack Clarke was handed his professional debut at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018 and made such an impression that, by the start of the 2019/20 campaign, Tottenham had agreed a four-year deal to sign the teenager. He returned to Elland Road on loan, but struggled for playing time and was recalled, before he made a handful of appearances at QPR, then started brightly at Stoke, before an Achilles injury cut his time in the Potteries short.

He joined Sunderland in July following a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light during the second half of 2021/22, and left Spurs having made just four first team appearances for the north London club. The 21-year-old - a direct winger with plenty of pace - has signed another four-year deal, but this time stability will give him the chance to fulfil his true potential.

Jahmari Clarke, Reading (18)

Both Crystal Palace's Michael Olise and Nottingham Forest new boy Omar Richards came through the Reading academy and the latest prospect to come off the talent conveyor belt in Berkshire is Jahmari Clarke. A striker by trade, the 18-year-old was part of the Royals' first team squad for much of last season and made 12 appearances from the bench, scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Birmingham.

Over the summer, he became a Jamaica U20 international and, earlier this month, he signed a new contract at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, which is understood to tie him to the club until the summer of 2024 and signals that he may well be an important part of Paul Ince's plans for the season ahead.

Josh Coburn - Middlesbrough (19)

Josh Coburn caught the eye of many when he scored an extra-time winner to see Middlesbrough past Tottenham in last season's FA Cup fifth round. The 19-year-old centre-forward proved himself to be a handy option off the bench, too, and scored five goals having made just five starts in all competitions.

It is perhaps telling that Coburn has not been shipped out on loan; to Boro, he appears not just to be a raw talent who needs nurturing, but a real star capable of mixing it in the Championship on a regular basis. And they certainly want to keep him around the place, having handed him a fresh three-and-a-half year deal in January, with the option to extend by a further 12 months.

Rubin Colwill - Cardiff City (20)

Rubin Colwill joined Cardiff at the age of eight in 2010 and worked his way through the Bluebirds' ranks to the first team last year, when he was rewarded with a professional contract after making his debut. Mick McCarthy incorporated him into the team last season and Steve Morison kept him there after he took over as manager. He is highly-regarded at international level, too, with six Wales caps and a goal to his name already

'Officially' regarded as a winger, the 20-year-old stood out as a No 10 in his breakout campaign and showed willingness to play on either flank. Depending on the part he has to play, Colwill will, however, likely be expected to improve his attacking return, having scored six goals and registered one assist in 38 games.

Daryl Dike - West Brom (22)

US international Dike arrived on the scene in February 2021, when he joined Barnsley on loan from MLS club Orlando City. Last May, he told Sky Sports how he was continuing to study for his degree in finance, and while doing so, he was also managing to spearhead the club's sensational challenge for the Championship play-offs, with nine goals in 19 league games.

He returned to the UK on a permanent basis when he signed for West Brom - then managed by former Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael - on a four-and-a-half year contract on New Year's Day, but managed just two appearances before a hamstring injury prematurely curtailed his season. That misfortune is sure to spur the 6'2" frontman on to become the figurehead of Steve Bruce's new-look team as they look to put a disappointing 2021/22 campaign behind them.

Tyrhys Dolan, Blackburn Rovers (20)

Blackburn quickly made a swoop to tie down Tyrhys Dolan two summers ago, shortly after the Mancunian youngster was told he would be released after three years in Preston's academy. Tony Mowbray was not afraid to field young players in his team and the 20-year-old became part of his plans; on one occasion, he scored eight minutes after being introduced against his former side in November 2020 and went out of his way to celebrate.

In 2020/21, he made 31 appearances on the right wing, but as starting opportunities presented themselves last season, he played on both flanks, through the middle and in an attacking midfield role, too. What Dolan lacks in height, he makes up for in electric pace, excellent close control and exquisite skill, particularly when approaching the penalty area. Reportedly targeted by Celtic and Rangers this summer, he is almost certain to be a part of Jon Dahl Tomasson's plans at Ewood Park.

Tommy Doyle - Sheffield United (20)

Tommy Doyle will spend the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester City - and he arrives at Bramall Lane with incredible pedigree. The 20-year-old has been on the Citizens' books since the age of eight, following in the footsteps of his grandfathers Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, who made over 750 league appearances combined for the club during the 1960s and 70s.

A deep-lying midfielder with a keen eye for both a pass and a goal, Doyle started last season on loan in the 2. Bundesliga with Hamburg, before joining Cardiff in January and making 19 league appearances. Should he continue in the vein he finished last season in, he will bring a welcome injection of youthful energy to the Blades' midfield.

Isaiah Jones, Middlesbrough (23)

It says a lot for the talent of Isaiah Jones that he was favoured as Middlesbrough's right wing-back last term, which forced the in-demand Djed Spence to seek regular football away from Teesside. But it soon became clear why Neil Warnock sent the younger of the two out on loan to Nottingham Forest.

Jones registered an assist in the first three league games of the season and his overlapping runs down the right flank often had the Riverside faithful on the edges of their seats. He continued to play a key role under Chris Wilder and finished the campaign with an impressive 10 goal involvements in 42 Championship outings as Boro finished seventh. Unlikely to shy away from a tackle, the 23-year-old will likely want to improve his discipline after picking up 11 bookings in 2021/22.

Jayson Molumby, West Brom (22)

West Brom's new signing Jayson Molumby is no stranger to the Championship. The Brighton academy graduate spent a season on loan at Millwall in 2019/20, racking up invaluable minutes in the Lions' midfield, before spending half a season with Preston and then last season with the Baggies, though he was not able to hold down a starting spot with either.

But Steve Bruce clearly saw the potential in the 14-time Republic of Ireland international and took up the option to bring him in on a permanent basis in May as he remoulds the squad left to him by predecessor Valerien Ismael. Molumby is a brave, defensive-minded midfielder who had a passing success rate of 85.1 per cent in 2021/22 and can now forge a career in his own right after his Seagulls exit.

Iliman Ndiaye, Sheffield United (22)

Within less than three years, Iliman Ndiaye has gone from being a member of National League club Boreham Wood's academy to one of the Championship's brightest prospects and a full Senegalese international. It has been one hell of a ride for the 22-year-old French-born attacking midfielder.

He announced himself with two goals and an assist on his first Championship outing - in a 6-2 win over Peterborough back in September - and went on to make 26 starts in all competitions, becoming an important part of the Blades squad as Paul Heckingbottom steered them away from mid-table mediocrity to the play-offs. He signed a new contract at Bramall Lane last year, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.

Michael Obafemi, Swansea City (22)

Playing for a club that trusts in its academy prospects, Michael Obafemi was always likely to be provided with an opening of some sort at Southampton and when he was, he made history as the club's second-youngster player to make a Premier League appearance and youngest to score in the Premier League at 18 years and 169 days old. But chances thereafter became few and far between and so, last summer, he took the decision to move on.

In an interview with the Telegraph last month, the striker admitted it took time to settle at Swansea - he scored just once in his first 14 games in all competitions - but when he did, everything clicked into place and he hit 11 in the next 19, which helped him earn a recall to the Republic of Ireland squad. The 22-year-old started last season at St Mary's and so, with a full pre-season in South Wales, will be raring to replicate that deadly form.

Lewis O'Brien, Huddersfield Town (23)

Since he made his professional debut during a loan spell with Bradford during the 2018/19 season, first and foremost, Lewis O'Brien has proven himself to be an ultra-reliable footballer. He has played 164 league games and missed just 21 over the course of his four seasons in senior football to become one of the Terriers' most influential players.

While relatively small in stature, he is quick, tenacious and menacing when bursting forward from the middle of the park and the fact he is one of Carlos Corberan's vice-captains suggests excellent leadership skills. "He is one player who is very special in the team and is one player who deserves everything he has achieved in football," said Corberan in December. It is praise like this that has, reportedly, piqued the interest of Brentford, Leeds and Southampton previously.

Callum O'Hare, Coventry City (24)

Callum O'Hare was one of the shining lights for Coventry last term, as Mark Robins' Sky Blues mounted an unprecedented bid for a Championship play-off place during a blistering first half of the season, before eventually falling away to finish 12th. The 24-year-old - who has previously been compared to Jack Grealish - scored five goals and assisted eight more in 47 games in all competitions.

A keen dribbler of the ball, a key component of his game is to drive forward, while he possesses admirable vision, too: during the 2021/22 season, he averaged 40.5 passes per 90 minutes with 78.4 per cent success rate, up from 28.5 passes with a 77 per cent success rate the previous campaign. In a huge boost for Coventry, O'Hare told BBC Radio CWR earlier this summer of his intention to remain with the club.

Joel Piroe, Swansea City (22)

Joel Piroe arrived in South Wales last summer with one decent season at Jong PSV under his belt and a handful of appearances for PSV's first team. On paper, there was little to get excited about. But the young Dutchman soon silenced any doubters as he took to the Championship like a duck to water during Russell Martin's maiden season at the club.

The 22-year-old scored on his debut against Reading in the Carabao Cup, added three in the next four games and had 12 to his name by Christmas. Indeed, throughout the entirety of the season, there were just two occasions when he went more than two games without scoring. Such potency has garnered attention from far and wide, though the Swans are confident of holding onto the striker, having placed a £20m price tag on his head earlier this month.

Emil Riis, Preston North End (24)

Emil Riis' two campaigns at Deepdale could hardly have been more contrasting. In 2020/21, the Danish frontman - who spent three years at Derby's academy - scored five goals in 42 games; in 2021/22, he scored 20 in 49 in all competitions. That made him just the fourth man to hit the 20 mark since the turn of the millennium.

The 24-year-old appeared increasingly confident in front of goal and showed his ability to score different types of goals both inside and outside of the penalty area, which will stand him in good stead as Ryan Lowe moulds his team ahead of his first full season in charge of the Lancashire club.

Alex Scott, Bristol City (18)

It is not hard to see why Alex Scott is considered a wonderkid. He signed his first professional contract with Bristol City at the age of 17 last March, made his Championship debut in August, scored his first senior goal in October and had made 39 appearances in all competitions under Nigel Pearson by the time the season concluded. The 18-year-old displayed his versatility during that time, playing on the right and in a variety of midfield roles; the 12 yellow cards he picked up showed his combative nature.

Clubs in the Premier League and beyond will have no doubt been alerted to his talents recently, with Scott impressing for the England U19s at the European Championships in Slovakia. He scored the goal that prompted the Young Lions' semi-final revival against Italy and started the final, in which England pipped Israel to the trophy.

Antoine Semenyo, Bristol City (22)

Antoine Semenyo burst onto the scene during a breakout 2020/21 campaign, playing in various positions across the Bristol City frontline, but it was last season that he settled into a role at the forefront of Robins' attack. He scored eight goals and assisted 12 more in 32 games in all competitions, and was the perfect foil for Andreas Weimann who, arguably, played out the best season of his career to date.

Semenyo's impressive average of 0.63 goal involvements per match saw him called up to the Ghana squad this summer and, in June, he made his debut against Madagascar. He is another who is said to have plenty of suitors, particularly as he enters the final year of his contract, but Nigel Pearson will see him as a key component of his endeavour to improve upon last term's 17th-place finish.

Sorba Thomas, Huddersfield Town (23)

After six years in non-League with Boreham Wood, Sorba Thomas got his chance in the EFL last year - and he has, unquestionably, seized it. He played a pivotal role as Huddersfield bounced back from a 20th-place finish to reach the Championship play-offs earlier this year, missing only the final three games of the regular season through injury.

It is the creative spark he provided that helped Carlos Corberan's Terriers to exceed expectations, notably his set-piece delivery, and he finished his first season in the division with 16 assists in all competitions. The Wales international - who made his debut in September - recently signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2026.

Scott Twine, Burnley (23)

It has been quite a whirlwind for Scott Twine over the last few years. As recently as 2020, he was playing in the National League South for Chippenham Town - and now he is preparing for life in the Championship, playing under Premier League legend Vincent Kompany, no less. The 23-year-old had impressed on loan from boyhood club Swindon at Newport and then back at the County Ground.

But it was last season at MK Dons that knowledge of his talents became more widespread. In Liam Manning's youthful side, he transformed from a striker with raw talent to a deadly No 10 with envy-inducing long-range shooting capabilities and racked up 33 goal involvements in 49 games. With the way he settled into life in the third tier, there seems to be no question as to whether or not he can do the same in the second.

Ben Woodburn, Preston North End (22)

It is no exaggeration to say that Ben Woodburn is looking to get his career back on track at Preston this season. Fast-tracked into the Liverpool setup at a young age, he became the Reds' youngest-ever scorer when he netted against Leeds in November 2016 and had made his senior Wales debut by the age of 17. It all looked rosy, but further appearances were, at best, few and far between and moves to Sheffield United, Oxford and Blackpool followed.

He spent last season on loan at Hearts in the Scottish Premiership, but was unable to hold down a starting spot, finishing the season with three goals and two assists in 30 matches in all competitions. The talent undoubtedly remains and, now free of the weight of expectation that comes with the Liverpool shirt, Woodburn can start afresh.