Nahki Wells has already outlined his ambitions for the new season. The January signing from Bradford City wants to hit the 25-goal mark with Town in his maiden full season at the John Smith's Stadium.

And with James Vaughan stepping up his bid to reach full fitness by returning to first-team training with Town, manager Mark Robins can boast some serious firepower in the club's efforts to progress in their third shot at the Championship since promotion in 2012.

Vaughan will, of course, have to be carefully monitored and a burden may yet fall onto Wells' shoulders but judging by his comments, he is confident of handling the goalscoring expectation.

And if he does plunder the 25 goals he is targeting, then he will be in a good position to claim the Championship golden boot.

But after some big-money arrivals and with a host of qualified marksmen at this level set to go again in 2014/2015, Wells and Vaughan will face a number of rivals for the award.

Here are 15 strikers who will harbour hopes of being crowned the Championship's most potent striker next term.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)

The former Town hotshot has flourished since his £8m move to Rovers and boss Gary Bowyer will have tasked his main frontman with spearheading the east Lancashire outfit's promotion bid.

He netted a hat-trick on his return to Town in 2013/2014 as Rovers won 4-2 at the John Smith's Stadium and he finished the campaign with a creditable 25 goals, a tally which was bettered by only one other player in the division.

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers)

Another former Town forward and another striker who is expected to play a key role for his side in the upcoming season. The Trotters face something of a striking crisis after failing in their efforts to bring last season's loan success story Lukas Jutkiewicz back to the club.

It has left manager Dougie Freedman with only Beckford and Craig Davies to call upon and, while further signings are anticipated, it is clear that the ex-Leeds United and Everton frontman is the key for Wanderers from an attacking perspective.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth)

The Frenchman struck 17 times in total last year, with 14 of those coming in the Championship for both former employers Charlton Athletic and the Cherries, who he will line up for again this time around.

Eddie Howe underlined the club's intentions in this division with the purchase of Kermorgant who will be expected to help fill the void created by Lewis Grabban's departure to Norwich City. His goalscoring form in 2013/2014 certainly suggests he is capable.

 

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

If Kermorgant is challenged with helping to compensate for Grabban's exit, then £3m signing Wilson will be the man most closely judged as a replacement for him.

With a similar price tag and playing style, Howe has identified someone who can adapt to his side's style from the outset without a settling-in period. Wilson is of a slighter build but possesses similar attributes and can work well with Kermorgant. One, if not both, of the duo should profit.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion)

The Scotland international may come as a slightly surprising choice given the Seagulls' clear need for a Leonardo Ulloa replacement, but the Argentine's move to Leicester City could be the making of Mackail-Smith.

He will be determined to prove his point after an injury-hit time of it at the Amex since arriving from Peterborough in 2011. New boss Sami Hyypia's preference for a high-tempo style will also suit the 30-year-old, who can save his manager a bit of money in the transfer market.

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City)

The Bluebirds look well-equipped to make a sustained push for an immediate promotion back to the Premier League and Le Fondre is a key factor in that after joining from Reading.

What the striker offers is guaranteed goals, with 15 Championship goals last term backed up by 12 Premier League goals the year before and another dozen in 2011/2012. If he can replicate those sort of averages, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men will score freely.

Federico Macheda (Cardiff City)

With the likes of Le Fondre working in tandem with Macheda - another striker who has Premier League experience on his CV - you can begin to understand how big a threat this Cardiff team pose.

Having finally cut ties with Manchester United this summer, Solskjaer was keen to snap up a player who he clearly feels he can mould him into a top hitman at this level. His time at Doncaster Rovers and then Birmingham City of last season - featuring 13 goals - suggests he can be.

Chris Martin (Derby County)

One of only eight players to hit over 20 goals last season, but just five of those remain and he will hope to go even better next season to help the Rams nurse their play-off defeat hangover.

Unless Steve McClaren's side can beat off competition from Middlesbrough, Wolves and QPR, then Chelsea's Patrick Bamford will not help supply the additional firepower. Martin will have to supersede his 2013/2014 self for the Rams to seal what they will consider a belated promotion.

 

Ross McCormack (Fulham)

The most hotly-discussed Championship transfer of the close season - the staggering supposed £11m fee attached to McCormack's move from Leeds to the Cottagers illustrates the gulf in the Championship between relegated sides from the top tiers and those working on far lesser budgets.

Felix Magath has ploughed the majority of his funds into a proven goalscorer and creator at this level and having finished top of the goalscoring charts in this division in 2013/2014 with 28 goals, he will harbour hopes of achieving that title once more.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town)

Like Mackail-Smith, some will consider this an unexpected candidate but lest we forget, this was a player who had more or less single-handedly been the driving force behind the Tractor Boys' play-off push last season.

Indeed, it was no coincidence that their ambitious top-six aspirations unravelled at a rate of knots once surgery on a knee injury brought his 2013/2014 campaign to a premature end in February. By that point, he had scored 16 in all competitions, with all but two of those in the league.

Kike (Middlesbrough)

Given that Boro have shelled out some £2.7m on the Spaniard, their most significant purchase since being relegated from the Premier League in 2009, there is obviously a belief that the former Real Murcia man is someone who can get them back to such lofty heights once more.

Having sold Lukas Jutkiewicz to Premier League Burnley, fans will demand goals - and plenty of them - from the man who will help to facilitate Aitor Karanka's penchant for a 4-2-3-1 formation on Teesside.

Lewis Grabban (Norwich City)

What will undoubtedly be Bournemouth's loss should prove the Canaries' gain, with Grabban set to lead the line for his new club after rattling 22 goals last season.

Doubts remain over the future of a host of Neil Adams' attacking players, including Gary Hooper and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel while Kyle Lafferty could be played wide. It all points to Grabban leading the way for Norwich as they hope to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.

 

Matt Fryatt (Nottingham Forest)

A deal which has been overlooked somewhat in some quarters, but Forest boss Stuart Pearce will not care one iota as he knows what his summer signing from Hull City has to offer in the Championship.

His career stalled as the Tigers reached the promise land of the Premier League but he ought to be hailed as a coup due to his goalscoring history and poacher-like ability. Forest need to score more to truly threaten the big hitters and Fryatt is the perfect solution to that problem.

Troy Deeney (Watford)

The inclusion of the highly sought-after Hornets striker could prove little more than an exercise in futility should he complete a mooted move to a Premier League club or even Norwich, who have been credited with an interest.

Giuseppe Sannino will rightly hold out for top dollar for his star man, particularly after the McCormack and Ulloa deals, whose tally of 24 goals last season was bettered by only the new Fulham man and Rhodes.

Matej Vydra (Watford)

Whether or not Deeney goes, Sannino can rest assured that he has another striker tried and tested at this level who can get the goals to improve on a disappointing 13th-placed finish last time out.

Vydra will be on a personal mission to revive his status after a season of relative mediocrity at West Bromwich Albion which featured just three goals. In 2012/2013, en route to the defeat to Crystal Palace in the play-off final, Vydra edged out Deeney as Watford's top scorer with 20 goals.

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