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The EFL Championship is one of the most tightly contested leagues in the world. But does spending guarantee success?

The three teams who dropped down from the Premier League last season are all in the top six teams whose squad costs the most. But only, one of those sides has a chance of returning to the top flight.

Middlesbrough currently sit in five spot and have a squad cost of £62.7million. Boro made two of the five most expensive Championship transfers this season but despite having the joint second highest squad cost they haven’t run away with the league.

The other two relegated sides make it even more apparent that money doesn’t guarantee results. Hull City are currently 18th and Sunderland 24th, both have had seasons to regret despite have squad costs of £62.7m and £40.6m respectively. Sunderland are set to be relegated to League One despite having the sixth most expensive team.

High flyers Cardiff and Millwall are defying the odds with both teams experiencing fantastic seasons despite limited budgets.

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The Bluebirds are currently second and are going toe to toe with Fulham for the title.

Millwall’s performance is even more extraordinary. The Lions have the second lowest squad cost in the Championship failing to even break into seven figures (£800,000), yet they’re now sixth.

Bristol City can consider themselves over achievers as well with the Robins having only the 13th most expensive squad, yet they’ve been holding their own against the teams at the top of the table all season.

Below you will find a list of the Championship teams in order of squad cost from highest to lowest.

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Squad Cost: £67.8m

League Position: 4

2017/18 record signing: Glenn Whelan from Stoke City for £2m

Hull City

Squad Cost: £62.7m

League Position: 18

2017/18 record signing: Eight players for undisclosed fees


Squad Cost: £62.7m

League Position: 6

2017/18 record signing: Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for £15m

Britt Assombalonga Wolves

Squad Cost: £41.1m

League Position: 1

2017/18 record signing: Ruben Neves from Porto for £15.8m

Verdict on Championship promotion race as Wolves, Cardiff, Fulham, Aston Villa, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Bristol City aim for Premier League

Derby County

Squad Cost: £41.1m

League Position: 5

2017/18 record signing: Tom Lawrence from Leicester City for £4.95m


Squad Cost: £40.6m

League Position: 23

2017/18 record signing: James

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