The Championship team of the year was announced today and it looked pretty good. The strange situation as to why you can’t have loan players in it is bizarre, so some of the best players in the league weren’t selected but on the website we make the rules, so loans count. Either way no Leeds players are making the team. We will be asking for your XI soon for another article, so keeps your eye out. Here is our XI from what we’ve seen…
Championship Team Of The Year
GK – John Ruddy – Wolves have been so good this season he hasn’t had much to do, but when called upon, he has been fantastic.
RB – Ryan Fredericks – Fulham – Played very well last night and throughout this season. He’s out of contract at the end of the season, West Ham United are set to take him.
CB – Willy Boly – Wolves – The best defender in the league this season. Bullied the Leeds players at Elland Road and many other forwards he’s came up against. The definition of “a unit”.
CB – Sol Bamba – Cardiff City – Painful, but he more than deserves to be in this team.
LB – Barry Douglas – Wolves – Remember when Leeds were linked with him about seven years ago? probably not but we were when he was at Dundee United. A quality footballer who is now in the Scotland squad, will do very well in the Premier League last season. For all Wolves’ money, he cost just £1 million.
RW – Junior Hoilett – Cardiff City – A free transfer from Neil Warnock and a player that could well fire him to promotion this season. Cardiff have done exceptional with their budget and Hoilett sums them up, a bit like the centre back above…
CM – Tom Cairney – Fulham – we actually released this lad at 16 because he was too small. What a sorry situation. Although he hasn’t bagged from 30 yards against us this season he has been brilliant. Wants out of Fulham, but maybe he’ll get his Premier League wish with them after all.
CM – Ruben Neves – Wolves – Controls games and how could he not after Wolves paid Porto £16 million for his services. Has got the lot and is a Premier League player in a Championship team. passing range and reading of the game is the best in the division.
LW – Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham – I remember his debut at Elland Road early last season, he destroyed Stuart Dallas and it was like a repeat last night, although Dallas eventually got to grips. Scores, sets up and can defend and go forward. Premier League bound with or without Fulham.
CAM – Diogo Jota – Wolves – #PASPOTY – Without doubt the best player in the league for me this season. It was actually a pleasure to watch him at Elland Road as much as that’s painful to admit. Incredible footballer at this level, one of the best players I’ve seen at Elland Road in a long time.
ST – Bobby Reid – Bristol City – Bagged against us at Elland Road and for a player who isn’t a natural striker he has been fantastic this season. Not the quickest or the most natural in front of goal but that makes it all the more impressive in how well he has done.
Manager Of The Year – Chris Wilder – Sheffield United
A no brainer for me, he brought Sheffield United back up and they have done so well with such a small budget. They control most games and play some very good football. In terms of recruitment they have been spot on, solid and organised. still a good shout for the play-offs.