Ten games into the Premier League season and all three of the new boys are in the top half. They’ve all grabbed some famous wins; Blackpool won at Anfield, West Brom turned over Arsenal at the Emirates while Newcastle destroyed fierce rivals Sunderland.
I will accept right away that this article is a touch premature. As Ian Holloway himself said, Blackpool may not get another point this season. But so far, all these sides are making the pre-season predictions look ridiculous.
The performance of the newly-promoted sides will always say something about the quality of football in the Championship. So far, these teams aren’t just winning; they are doing it with bold attacking football. It’s a good advert for what the Championship, at its best, is all about.