The 2019/20 Championship season returns in just a matter of weeks as teams continue to build their squads.

It's already been a busy period in the summer transfer window and BristolLive has rounded up all the business so far. 

Here is the state of play at all 24 Championship clubs, including a verdict on how the teams are expected to perform this season based on their squad building so far.

Barnsley

Barnsley have brought in a number of promising players to help them on their return to the Championship. However, many of them are on the young side and lacking in second-tier experience.

Having lost key players from last year in the form of Adam Davies, Liam Lindsay and Ethan Pinnock, the pressure could be on for the new men to hit the ground running and fit in quickly.

Verdict: It might be a struggle if their new players do not make the grade.

Birmingham City

The sacking of fans favourite Garry Monks has caused a bit of turmoil over the summer at St Andrews, when it looked like they were finally starting to build some stability following years of flux and an FFP points deduction.

They have only signed Gary Gardner and have lost the likes of Jota and Che Adams, whilst Monk's replacement, Pep Clotet, is underwhelming.

Verdict: Could well go into the season looking over their shoulders unless things change.

 

Blackburn Rovers

Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson are two seasoned campaigners at Championship level and it currently looks like Bradley Dack is staying at Ewood Park, which would be a huge boost.

Verdict: Probably missing the spark that will see them properly challenge for the play-offs, but could be on for a top-half finish.

Brentford

The signing of Pontus Jansson from Leeds is a huge coup, plus the likes of Ethan Pinnock and Christian Norgaard look promising signings.

If Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma stay at Griffin Park, it could be the season where they finally realise their potential and challenge towards the top. Jury is still out on Thomas Frank's management, though.

Verdict: If they keep hold of their stars, they should be mounting a play-off push at a minimum.

Bristol City

Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva's signings are great pieces of business for the Robins, but a lot depends on whether they can keep hold of Adam Webster.

Going forward, a lot of pressure will be on whether Sammie Szmodics can step up from League Two, but there is still the need of a new striker.

It is a promising summer so far, but still a little more to do.

Verdict: Top-six finish and maybe more if they seal a striker and everything clicks.

Cardiff City

Cardiff haven't lost many from last year's squad, and have added with the likes of Will Vaulks, Curtis Nelson and Joe Day.

Neil Warnock knows the Championship, but they are lacking firepower at the moment, and may not have the spark that other clubs do to challenge for automatic promotion.

Verdict: Top-six finish.

 

Charlton Athletic

Retaining Lee Bowyer was huge, and arguably the most important thing the Addicks will do this summer.

They have signed promising players, such as Tom Lockyer and Macauley Bonne, but have lost key players such as Joe Aribo. A lot will be resting on Lyle Taylor's shoulders - but he lacks Championship experience.

Verdict: A battle to avoid the drop, but they might have enough quality to do so.

Derby County

The appointment of Phillip Cocu could be a shrewd one following Frank Lampard's move to Chelsea, but it still comes with a bit of a risk.

Derby have also lost last season's loan stars and it feels like work is still to be done if they are to repeat last year's play-off final.

Verdict: Enough about them for a top-half finish, but at the moment lacking the quality needed for a play-off challenge.

Fulham

A relatively quiet summer at Craven Cottage but that's not necessarily a surprise following last year's massive spending. At the moment they have managed to keep hold of the players they spent so much money on last year, and the likes of Joe Bryan and Aleksandar Mitrovic are proven performers in the Championship.

There's still question marks over Scott Parker's management skills but the squad they have is a good one.

Verdict: Challenging for automatics.

Huddersfield Town

Lacked the quality needed to survive in the Premier League last season and, whilst they have added some promising young players along with the experienced Tommy Elphick, they lack proven goals.

Difficult to see them challenging.

Verdict: Top-half finish.

 

Hull City

Grant McCann's impressive season at Doncaster Rovers has seen him take the top job at cost-cutting Hull, but there is a lot of work to be done.

They have added just Matt Ingram, whilst losing David Marshall and most likely Fraizer Campbell, too. Has the potential to be a struggle.

Verdict: Lower mid-table at best, relegation at worst.

Leeds United

Signing the likes of Helder Costa, Jack Clarke and Jack Harrison are all statements of intent, but losing Pontus Jansson is a big blow.

Obviously the most important piece of news was keeping Marcelo Bielsa, and they can expect to be up near the top again.

Verdict: Promotion challengers.

Luton Town

They have added well with Martin Cranie, Brendon Galloway and Ryan Tunnicliffe, but losing Jack Stacey and James Justin will be a big blow for the Hatters.

The two full-backs were key to the way Luton played last season, and they lack Championship experience in the rest of the squad.

Verdict: A tough ask to stay up.

Middlesbrough

It is a talented squad but a rookie manager in the form of Jonathan Woodgate. Their form in the second half of last season was woeful and, having lost Downing and John Obi Mikel, there is a feeling the squad could do with freshening up.

May be a season of settling in with hopes of a play-off push.

Verdict: A play-off push.

 

Millwall

With a number of players departing the Lions, there is still work to be done in the transfer window.

Neil Harris has lost 10 first-team players, with just three joining in the form of Frank Fielding, Alex Pearce and Matt Smith - all of whom are solid additions, but more is probably needed.

There's a distinct feeling that there is a lack of goals, but Harris has done miracles to keep them up before.

Verdict: Relegation battle.

Nottingham Forest

Once again, a summer of flux at the City Ground, with Martin O'Neill being sacked and replaced by Sabri Lamouchi, who is a gamble.

They have a potentially promising squad but probably need to add more to it in order to properly be challenging - a lot depends on this final month.

The addition of former Villa man Albert Adomah is a promising start.

Verdict: Mid-table with a possible play-off push.

Preston North End

Patrick Bauer from Charlton looks a good addition and Alex Neil is one of the best managers in the league. They do not really have the quality required for the top six, though.

Verdict: Mid-table.

Queens Park Rangers

Luke Freeman's departure is an obvious blow, with the winger the Rs' best player last season.

New manager Mark Warburton's recent career has been a bit hit and miss, but the likes of Yoann Barbet and Liam Kelly look like decent signings. Not enough to challenge higher up but should be safe.

Verdict: Lower mid-table.

 

Reading

Yet to bring anyone in, and they lost the likes of John O'Shea and Paul McShane at the end of last season. Strangely quiet after last season's struggles.

Verdict: Could be another long year for the Royals.

Sheffield Wednesday

Steve Bruce fully turned the Owls' form around in the second half of last season and even harboured play-off hopes at one point.

There's still a feeling that they are too short on quality to make a real push this season, though, after a quiet summer so far.

Verdict: Top-half finish.

Stoke City

Nathan Jones hardly set the world alight at Stoke following his appointment midway through last season, but he has made some impressive additions to his squad this time around.

There are still question marks over the future of Joe Allen and Jack Butland, but the likes of Nick Powell and Jordan Cousins look promising.

Verdict: Play-off push.

Swansea City

The Swans lost Daniel James to Manchester United but are still looking to offload outcasts such as Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero.

They have only signed Jake Bidwell from QPR and have an untested manager in Steve Cooper. Need to add more quality if they are to significantly improve on last season.

Verdict: Mid-table.

 

West Bromwich Albion

Slaven Bilic's appointment appears to have gone down well with Baggies fans, but they still need to keep hold of key players if they are to make the play-offs again.

Alongside this, a replacement for Dwight Gayle is a must, but that is easier said than done.

A good start could be key to their season.

Verdict: Top-six contenders.

Wigan Athletic

Yet to make a signing and have lost key players in the likes of Nick Powell and Callum McManaman. A lot could hinge on the next month.

Verdict: Just enough about them to avoid relegation.