The outlook is bleak but the situation is not beyond repair for Sheffield United as they attempt to improve on a dismal start to the season.
Liverpool duo Harry Wilson and Harvey Elliott have joined Championship sides Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers respectively on loan.
Blackburn Rovers provide the first test of the Championship season for relegated Bournemouth on September 12.
Fulham tewas 1-2 kepada Cardiff City dalam perlawanan kedua playoff ke Liga Perdana Inggeris (EPL) awal pagi tadi tetapi mara ke final dengan kelebihan agregat 3-2 untuk mencongak perhitungan dengan seteru London, Brentford.
Goals from Curtis Nelson and Lee Tomlin were not enough as Cardiff City lost 3-2 on aggregate to Fulham in their Championship play-off semi.
Fulham gained a deserved advantage in their Championship play-off semi-final tie with Cardiff City thanks to two glorious goals.
West Brom will play in the Premier League next season, where they could yet be joined by Swansea City, but Wigan Athletic are in League One.
With Brentford having faltered earlier, Fulham beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep their top-two hopes alive.
Hull City shipped eight goals to Wigan Athletic, whose survival hopes look increasingly positive at a time of worrying upheaval at the club.
A place in the top six of the Championship was guaranteed for Fulham after they defeated Cardiff City 2-0 on Friday.