Where last 10 Championship top scorers are now from Premier League to non-league

With Aleksandar Mitrovic looking likely to break the Championship record for most goals in a season, we look at how the last ten top scorers have fared

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic already has 24 goals, with almost half the season still to playByRicky CharlesworthEFL writer

  • 13:17, 12 Jan 2022
  • Updated14:10, 12 Jan 2022
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Aleksandar Mitrovic extended his outstanding goalscoring record on Tuesday night with another two goals.

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His brace in Fulham's 7-0 evisceration of Reading took his tally for the current season to 24. With another 22 games in which to add to his tally.

At his current rate, it is only a matter of time before the Serbian overtakes Ivan Toney as the Championship's most prolific forward over a single season.

Toney holds the record with his 31 goals from last season but Mitrovic could beat that by some distance if his hot streak continues.

Here, we look back at the last ten seasons in the Championship to see how many the top scorers plundered and what became of them.

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Rickie Lambert (2011-12) – 27 goals

Rickie Lambert ended up joining Liverpool and playing for England

Lambert hit a fine return for Southampton as they sealed a Premier League return.

The Scouser hit 27 goals in a red-hot Saints side that finished second on 88 points and scored a whopping 85 goals that season.

Lambert went on to hit double figures with Southampton in the top flight in successive seasons before he followed a well-trodden path from St Mary's to Liverpool in the summer of 2014.

He lasted just one season at Anfield and after spells at West Brom and Cardiff he retired in 2017.

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Glenn Murray (2012-13) – 30

Glenn Murray hit a whopping 30 goals for Crystal Palace in their promotion season

Murray enjoyed a superb season for Crystal Palace, hitting 30 goals as they sealed promotion via the play-offs.

But he suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of the campaign, missing the Wembley showpiece win over Watford.

He had a brief spell at Bournemouth upon leaving Palace, before enjoying success at Brighton. He spent five years with the Seagulls, also firing them to promotion and scoring 12 and 13 goals respectively in the club's first two seasons in the top flight.

He left for Nottingham Forest in 2021 before retiring at the end of last season. Murray is now a pundit on Sky Sports' coverage of the EFL.

Ross McCormack (2013-14) – 28

Ross McCormack's goals earned him a big-money move to Fulham

The Scottish striker had a healthy return considering Leeds United under-performed. The Whites finished firmly in mid-table with McCormack responsible for almost half of their 59 league goals.

That return earned him a big-money move to recently-relegated Fulham where he hit double figures in both seasons, earning a £12m move to Aston Villa.

But he flopped in the Midlands and was loaned out multiple times, including to two clubs in Australia. He was eventually released in 2019. He joined non-league side Aldershot last season but as of this season had not played a game for them and is thought to be unattached.

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Daryl Murphy (2014-15) – 27

Daryl Murphy helped Ipswich into the play-offs

Irish international Murphy notched a respectable tally as Ipswich clinched the final play-off spot in the Championship.

They would lose to bitter rivals Norwich in the semi-finals. Murphy hit double figures again the following season before recently-relegated Newcastle signed him in 2016. He lasted just one season on Tyneside, scoring five goals as they won the title.

He joined Nottingham Forest before moving to Bolton and then returned to his native Ireland with Waterford for the 2021 season.

Andre Gray (2015-16) – 25

Andre Gray helped Burnley win the Championship title in his first season at Turf Moor

Gray fired the goals that helped Burnley to the Championship title.

That was his first season at Turf Moor having signed for a seven-figure fee from Brentford. He lasted just one more season before heading to Watford.

He's still under contract at Vicarage Road but is on loan at QPR for the campaign and has four goals so far – one of them was a late winner against Derby that is a contender for goal of the season.

Chris Wood (2016-17) – 27

Chris Wood's goals weren't enough for Leeds to finish in the top six

This season saw another Leeds player finish top of the scoring charts although, again, they fell short of the play-offs.

Wood's strikes were not enough as Leeds finished seventh, five points adrift of sixth-placed Fulham.

He would ultimately be sold to Burnley for £15m in 2017. He's since become a Premier League regular and has hit at least 10 goals in all four top flight seasons for the Clarets.

He has just three so far this term but is on the cusp of a £20m switch to relegation rivals Newcastle this month.

Matej Vydra (2017-18) – 21

Matej Vydra with his Golden Boot award

Vydra's 21 goals is the lowest total for any Championship top scorer in the past decade and indeed this current season has already seen Mitrovic (24) better it, with Ben Brereton Diaz already on 20.

Nevertheless, the modest tally ensured a play-off spot for Derby that season. Ultimately, they fell short losing to eventual winners Fulham in the semi-finals.

Vydra's fine scoring form earned him a move to Burnley where he is now in his fourth season. However, he has largely played second fiddle with most of his appearances coming from the bench.

Teemu Pukki (2018-19) – 29

Teemu Pukki has been in fine form in every season he's spent at Norwich

The Finn's 29 goals fired Norwich to the Championship title.

That was his first taste of English football and he went on to hit a hugely respectable 11 goals in a tough top flight campaign the year after.

Upon a second tier return, Pukki again featured high on the scorers' charts with 26. This season, back in the Premier League with the Canaries, he has five so far.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ollie Watkins (2019-20) – both 26

Ollie Watkins has taken his fine scoring form into the Premier League with Aston Villa

Mitrovic's Fulham and Watkins' Brentford ended up meeting in the play-off final in a season extended due to the pandemic.

Ultimately, Fulham got the edge at Wembley that day.

Mitrovic, of course, remains at Craven Cottage but that showpiece final proved to be Watkins' final game for the Bees.

He joined Aston Villa for a whopping £33m and backed that up with a comfortable first season in the top flight, scoring 14 goals.

He has five in the league so far this campaign for the Villans.

Ivan Toney (2020-21) – 31

Ivan Toney holds the record – for now – for most goals scored in a single Championship season, with 31

Toney was in sensational form last season, setting the new record for most goals in a regular season since the competition was re-branded in 2004.

He also netted twice in three play-off games, including an ice-cool penalty in the final against Swansea to help the Bees end their 74-year wait for top flight football.

Still adjusting to life in the Premier League, Toney has four goals so far with Brentford well clear of relegation danger.

Still only 25, he's now played and scored in all top four divisions.

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