Pontus Jansson, Dwight Gayle, Wes Hoolahan: David Prutton's 10 in 10 players to watch

Wes Hoolahan, Tjaronn Chery and Jonathon Kodjia all are in 10 in 10 action
Image: Wes Hoolahan, Tjaronn Chery and Jonathon Kodjia all are in 10 in 10 action

Ten EFL games in 10 days will be screened live in December and we've asked David Prutton for his players to watch.

The feast of football kicked off on Friday as Brighton beat Leeds and there's the East Midlands derby between Derby and Nottingham Forest to come, with Aston Villa, Newcastle, QPR and in-form League One sides Sheffield United and Bolton also be in action.

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Here, Sky Sports' EFL pundit Prutton looks ahead to the busy 10 days of action, pinpointing players who could be key. Hit the videos for his in-depth analysis on each game.... 

Fri Dec 9: Brighton 2-0 Leeds 

PLAYER TO WATCH: Glenn Murray (Brighton)

"He has experience of promotion and leads the line with a real maturity, having played in the Premier League. A presence up front and he could be the difference for Brighton this season."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Pontus Jansson (Leeds)

"He's got a discipline to his game and brings composure to the Leeds defence. There's a real feel-good factor between himself and the fans - they know he's committed to the cause."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Brighton and Leeds. Watch the match on Friday, December 9, from 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD

Sat Dec 10: Preston v Blackburn (From 5.15pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jordan Hugill (Preston)

"He's found a home at Preston, where Simon Grayson's management style has brought the best out of his game."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Craig Conway (Blackburn)

"The assistor-in-chief. He cuts in onto his right foot to great effect for a team fighting its way back from the wrong end of the table."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Preston and Blackburn. Watch the match on Saturday, December 10, from 5.15pm on Sky Sports

Sun Dec 11: Derby v N Forest (From 11.30am, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jacob Butterfield (Derby)

"A key part of Derby's engine room, he has been revitalised under Steve McClaren. He brings a balance to the team, mixing attack with defence."

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Henri Lansbury (Forest)

"Forest's main man, as he has been for the past few seasons. He seems to revel in that role, leading by example as captain."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Derby and Forest

Mon Dec 12: Bolton v Gillingham (From 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham)

"A player that has tasted football at a high level, he's brought a touch of brilliance to a stuttering Gillingham team. He's a game-changer and can unlock any defence in the league."

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David Prutton selects his key man for the 10 in 10 match between Bolton and Gillingham

Tues Dec 13: Norwich v A Villa (From 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)

"Norwich need him now more than ever. He's got the ability and experience to produce his best stuff when it counts."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa)

"Villa needed a player capable of shouldering the responsibility of playing centre-midfield for such a big club, and they found one in Jedinak. He has Premier League and international experience, which is important for a team resurgent under Steve Bruce."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Norwich and Aston Villa

Wed Dec 14: Wigan v Newcastle (From 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jussi Jaaskelainen (Wigan)

"As you'd expect from a man in his 40s, he's got plenty of experience. That's hugely important to Wigan, who benefit from his calming influence between the sticks."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle)

"The Championship's top scorer brings a restless energy to Newcastle's attack. His link-up play is good, he works hard running in behind to keep defenders busy and is being rightly rewarded with the goals he's getting."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Wigan and Newcastle

Thurs Dec 15: Coventry v Sheff Utd (From 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Marvin Sordell (Coventry)

"Playing for a team in transition, Sordell is a striker Coventry City can hang their hat on. He's a galvanising presence for a young side that needs a leader."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)

"The boyhood Blade is revelling in his position as the spearhead of this Sheffield United team. He understands better than most what it means to play for the club."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Coventry and Sheff Utd

Fri Dec 16: Norwich v Huddersfield (From 7pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Robbie Brady (Norwich)

"He brings energy to Norwich's left flank and has a great set-piece delivery. He's also trusted in a defensive role too, which underlines his importance to the team."

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David Prutton selects his key man for the 10 in 10 match between Norwich and Huddersfield

Sat Dec 17: Birmingham v Brighton (From 5.15pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham)

"Reliable, a consistent performer and a keen worker who threatens in behind, making it easier for the Birmingham City midfielders."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

"He has great composure and experience in his game, and has brought a real solidity to Brighton's back-line."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between Birmingham and Brighton

Sun Dec 18: QPR v A Villa (From 11.45am, Sky Sports 2 HD)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Tjaronn Chery (QPR)

"He's a crowd-pleaser. QPR have quite a few No 10 type players, but Chery has to be the pick of the bunch. His passing ability is enviable."

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa)

"Some questioned the price tag, but he get goals, has a great work-rate in the channels and offers an aerial threat. A potent attacking force for Steve Bruce."

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David Prutton selects his key men for the 10 in 10 match between QPR and Villa

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