Nope. Last year, The Brewers saw through their fairytale by avoiding Championship relegation. I'd argue that's their limit now. A record fee for Liam Boyce isn't shrewd. It's picking the top scorer up from a shocking league for a cheap(ish) fee. Matthew Lund is a decent signing but Akpan, Buxton and Warnock have all just been relegated, Luke Murphy is a Top 6 League One midfielder. I've nothing personally against Burton but they're going to be truly out of their depth this season. Especially if Irvine does actually move on
Neil Warnock somehow remains one of the most underrated Championship managers, possibly, ever. He's never gone into a club, no matter how dysfunctional, and made that side worse. Last year, he went to South Wales and kept up a team that should stay up. Now, he gets a full season with Kenneth Zohore and Anthony Pilkington, these attacking options have been supplemented with the further additions of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Lee Tomlin and Danny Ward. They're not quite Top 6 signings but the Bluebirds will certainly be nowhere near any relegation fight.
I personally make Derby promotion favourites this season. The Rams' have been perennial Championship underachievers or 'bottlejobs' as more commonly known. Their squad is arguably weaker than last season without Tom Ince's goals and assist contributions and the brilliant Will Hughes. They will, at some point, replace that like they've upgraded Christie with Wisdom. Huddlestone and Curtis Davies are 'promotion' signings. Vydra, Martin and Nugent should be enough up front and Rowett is a good manager to sort the defence out. Rowett had a massively inferior Birmingham side 7th, Derby will do very well.
In January, Fulham were mid-table and played Cardiff away on BBC 2 Wales in the FA Cup 3rd Round. I have nothing better to do and watched it. The Cottagers were sublime. They were splitting Cardiff open regularly but it became frustrating in the 2nd half. The amount of clear-cut chances was astounding and yet they won 2-1. There was an evident overplaying and no 'proper striker'. Last year's 'proper striker' was \Chris Martin, he wasn't vital but they have replaced him with the £5.35 million signing of a Ligue 2 1 in 3 man. Slavisa Jokanovic is apparently unhappy with the unwanted possible sale of Sone Aluko. The brilliant Kevin McDonald is also a Forest target. Their system that was reliant on comfortable defensive ball-players has now lost Scott Malone. Their fans' will lambast me for it but as well as they play, I don't see Fulham in the best position.
Hull won't be *as* bad as many expect. Even though, they are newly-relegated, their off-field owner issues that I won't pretend to be an expert on has filtered slowly since last summer onto the pitch. A lack of players and endless player sales shows no end. Davies, Huddlestone, Robertson, Maloney, Tymon and Jakupovic have all left the KCom stadium this summer with a bit of money being spent on the very average Kevin Stewart, Fraizer Campbell and Michael Hector with the promising yet unproven Ola Aina and Ondrej Mazuch. However, Leonid Slutsky seems capable. His management of Russia wasn't good but CSKA have demised since his departure. Now, Slutsky will prove many wrong. He's studied the league for a very long time, strong Premier League and impressive man-management track record will serve Hull as well as they can do.
There is a fine line between stability and stagnation. Mick McCarthy is that line. Without him, Ipswich would need a quick, clever appointment and with him, they're going to struggle to reach their playoff heights a few seasons ago. However, this summer, other than selling Brett Pitman to Portsmouth and the minor loan, The Tractor Boys have spent a couple of million now. Joe Garner didn't do well in Scotland but he's more than capable of getting double figures for Town. They reportedly beat Bolton to the signing of Kosovan international Bersant Celina, he appears to be an excellent YouTube footballer. Tom Adeyemi is a strong signing and so is Dom Iorfa. These have all been added to what is already a solid squad. It's so mid-table.