Five things learnt from Championship Matchday Three: Fulham, Leeds and Wigan feature

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Here are the main talking points of Matchday Three of Championship action.

Norwich City have the class to win the Championship

Despite losing their opening game of the season, Norwich City have since scored six goals and conceded just once. The Canaries' performances have been less than inspiring, but the talent of their playing squad is showing through against the technically weaker Championship squads.

Bradley Johnson, Wes Hoolahan and Lewis Grabban have impressed - with the latter netting three times so far this season. The striker has not been performing to the best of his abilities, but the 26-year old is still scoring important goals; he missed a penalty against Blackburn Rovers, but scored the rebound, and then almost missed an open goal before scoring on the second attempt.

Premier League loans can be key players

Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Pritchard was one of the standout players during the midweek action, and his role in Brentford's first Championship victory - he netted the equalising goal - once again highlighted the importance of Premier League loans in the second division of English football.

Pritchard is just one of many on-loan players plying their trade in the Football League, and along with Chelsea's Kenneth Omeruo and Liverpool's Joao Teixeira, they make the three key stars to look out for. Nigerian international Omeruo has featured in all three of Middlesbrough games, having excelled during a spell at the Riverside Stadium last season, whilst Teixeira netted the opening goal on his full debut for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Wigan Athletic still failing to improve their strikeforce

Uwe Rosler's men have struggled to improve their attacking options during the transfer window, and, despite telling Sky Sports that he wants to bring men in, the inflated transfer market has the Latics boss resigned to working with his current options.

On average, Wigan register just eight shots per game - the only team failing to reach double figures - with just two of those shots hitting the target. Whilst finding a consistent goalscorer will be hard in the current market, Wigan also need someone who will create chances for a finisher to put away. Rosler has a tough task on his hands as the transfer window slowly comes to its end.

Leeds United lost in transition

After an impressive 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, Leeds appeared to be heading in the right direction under recently appointed head coach Dave Hockaday. He had secured the signing of Billy Sharp, and the arrivals of a host of talented individuals from Italy looked to be changing the fortunes of the club.

However, all that positivity was dissolved in the wake of the 2-0 defeat by Brighton, who dominated the game at Elland Road. Only one shot on target was registered by the Whites, who failed to hold on to the ball successfully - possessing the ball for just 46% of the match. Fellow Italian-owned club Watford await this weekend, and rumours are abound that Hockaday must win for his job to remain unchallenged.

Fulham's youth policy will see them relegated

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Fulham's relegation from the Premier League was followed by a change in mentality at the club, with their ageing team replaced by some of the stars of their FA Youth Cup finalists. For their 1-0 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers, six of the starting XI were under the age of 21, and, for all the good intentions of manager Felix Magath, the youngsters cannot cope with the division.

The arrival of Ross McCormack has been blighted by the young team failing to play to his strengths, and Scott Parker has struggled to hold the team together from the centre of midfield. Whilst Magath may be helping the future of the team in the long run, it may be too long before the Cottagers reap the benefits.

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