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Who should be in the Championship Team of the Season?

The end of the 2020/21 Championship seasons looms ever closer, with under a quarter of the season remaining. As teams fight for their respective goals in what is often labelled ‘the business end of the season’. But which players should be in this years team of the season?

Goalkeeper

Goalkeeper- Seny Dieng (QPR)

QPRs Seny Dieng gathers the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Barnsley at Loftus Road Stadium, London on Wednesday 3rd March 2021. (Photo by Ian Randall/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The QPR goalkeeper has ten clean sheets so far this season, which has earnt him many plaudits as the R’s best performer this term. The 26-year-old has showcased his strong ability at saving close range shots and distribution of the ball. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with many Premier League clubs watching his progress closely.

Defence

Right-back- Connor Roberts (Swansea)

The Welshman has been crucial for the Swans this season, as they maintain their promotion push. The 25-year-old has scored four goals and notched five assists so far this term from the defence. His performances have been earning him high praise in South Wales, as he looks to take those performances into the European Championships.

Centre-back- Grant Hanley (Norwich)

The former Blackburn defender has been a rock at the heart of the Norwich defence. Hanley had suffered from injuries in previous years, but so far this season has played in 32 Championship matches for the Canaries. The Scotsman has completed 165 clearances and 59 interceptions, forging an inseparable partnership alongside Ben Gibson.

Centre-back- Michal Helik (Barnsley)

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Michal Helik of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Derby County at Oakwell Stadium on March 10, 2021, in Barnsley, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Helik has been a crucial component in Valerien Ismael’s breathtakingly brilliant Tykes this season. The Polish defender has scored five goals so far, including a crucial one on Saturday against fellow play-off hopefuls Bournemouth. His awareness to read the ball is amongst the best in the division.

Left-back- Omar Richards (Reading)

Omar Richards looks set to join German giants Bayern Munich this summer. The England-U21 international has had an impressive season at Reading, having played 32 games to date. He has been a crucial part of a young Reading team with aspirations of promotion from the Championship.

Midfield

Right midfield- Emi Buendia (Norwich)

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Emi Buendia of Norwich City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City at Hillsborough Stadium on March 14, 2021, in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Argentinian midfielder has been the architect behind why Norwich currently sit top of the Championship. His ability to drift past players is simply mesmerising. Furthermore, he has scored 10 goals and notched 12 assists in 30 matches. The playmaker has a superb relationship with Teemu Pukki, so Norwich will hope he remains at Carrow Road next season.

Central midfield- Alex Mowatt (Barnsley)

The 26-year-old has been superb all season for Barnsley, with his Championship pedigree shining throughout. He has contributed six goals and seven assists, which includes assisting the winner away at Bournemouth last time out. His performances have earnt him high praise from journalists and pundits.

Central midfield- Nick Powell (Stoke)

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Nick Powell of Stoke City celebrates after scoring their 2nd goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Luton Town at the Bet365 Stadium on February 20, 2021, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Powell has been one of the most underrated players in the league this season. Often preferred in an attacking midfield position, Powell has scored 11 goals and collected two assists this campaign. In a season of highs and lows for Stoke, he has been a shining light.

Right midfield- Michael Olise (Reading)

The 19-year-old wonderkid is having his breakthrough season in-style. The man with the number seven shirt has scored five goals and assisted nine times so far. It is evident why he is attracting Premier League interest. He has all the attributes of a future international star.

Strikers

Striker- Ivan Toney (Brentford)

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates after he scores from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Brentford at Ewood Park on March 12, 2021 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Toney is the current top-scorer in the Championship with 26 goals to his name. Toney has stepped-up to the league above like a duck to water. His natural goal-scoring ability, instinctive finishing, and calm presence has been highly praised. If Brentford fail to get promoted, it is inevitable that Premier League clubs will come calling.

Striker- Teemu Pukki (Norwich)

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City scores their side’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City at Hillsborough Stadium on March 14, 2021, in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Finnish striker has now scored 50 Championship goals in 75 matches, of which 21 have come this season. His ability to run-in behind and link with Buendia are exemplary. He is set for another chance to prove his worth in the Premier League next season, but not before going to the Euros with Finland.

Championship Manager of the Season

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Valerien Ismael, head coach of Barnsley celebrates after their sides second goal scored by Victor Adeboyejo (Not pictured) of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Preston North End at Oakwell Stadium on December 15, 2020, in Barnsley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

For why Valerien Ismael should be Championship Manager of the season, then follow the link below. Furthermore, for some more honorable player mentions, then follow the link below to a previous article:

Valerien Ismael has Barnsley dreaming of the Premier League | WDSportz

Three Championship stars who should be Premier League bound this summer | WDSportz

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