This debate on levels in football is well worn! the EFL Championship is one of the most competative leagues in the world and with the financial windfall of promotion to the EPL has most at stake, isnt the play-off final the most valuable to the winner? But it often lacks quality such is the cut-throat nature of needing to be in promotion contention. It is not 'better' than other top flight leagues, it is different and has its appeal greater than many top flight leagues.
A Few bad games and players (and managers) get cut loose so to build form and momentum for players like Horgan and Boyle, who need to adapt, well its always going to be tough. There are going to be players that stand out like Maguire who do make an immediate impact but mos foreign players need time to grow to the level or style.
The game against Cardiff was very low on quality but maybe that is due to style, whereas we have been watching nothing but a passing style for the last number of years. Its an unforgiving way to play as players that are poor technically are exposed quickly. Conversely players that get used to the technical side of the passing game do struggle to make an impact in a direct or long ball team. This isnt a claim that Dundalk is/was 'better' than PNE and such a claim would be daft without the sides playing It does seem though, just maybe Northend got a little stung by the observations here that it was a dire game to watch.
I'd be pretty sure AZ, BATE, St Petersburg, to a lesser extent Tel Aviv would be on the promotion hunt in the Championship. FH would likely struggle as would Dundalk over a season even if we did more that compete with the teams above. Hidjuk Split I'm not sure and the Lux sides wouldnt have a hope. Over time though Dundalk and SK could grow or develop a team to keeping the ball on the deck and holding their own against the physical, direct styles that is most evident in the football league. A style that would be very limited competatively in Europe I must add as a good passing side would certainly exploit ruthlessly the quick turnover of possession that the direct style involves.
IMO!! If we had been in a position to keep Boyle, Horgan Towell, (McEleney, McMillan) add Maguire and Finn to many of the squad we have, kept them together over a number of seasons then undoubtedly serious progression in European football would be a reality. As it is we have to do at least a mini rebuild each season as top performers get poached. It is very frustrating when players that do leave end up bench warming regardless of their sensible taking of an opportunity to make as much from a short footballing career. Nobody would begrudge them moving for money, they back themselves to be good enough, but if their move ultimately doesnt work we'd have them all back in a heartbeat ala Pat Hoban. They may not get such financial reward as whats on offer in the Championship et al but they could have Champions League football regularly and no shortage of doemstic honours. I doubt people would question the opinion that teams in the play-off round of the CL would cut in the EFL, and the likes of Boyle and Horgan would be better suited to doing well in that enviornment than the kick and rush of English and Scottish football!! Just my opinion and thats all it can be is opinion.