Dwight Gayle has been shortlisted for Championship player of the year.
The Newcastle striker is one of three on the list, with competition from Leeds striker Chris Wood and Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert.
Sky Sports announcing today:
‘Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle and Anthony Knockaert have been shortlisted for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season award.
The EFL have announced shortlists for awards in three divisions and 14 different categories for the 2016/17 season.
Leeds striker Wood is the leading scorer in the Championship with 22 league goals, one ahead of Newcastle’s Gayle.
Knockaert has been influential in Brighton’s promotion bid and is the division’s highest-scoring midfielder with 13 league goals.’
A bit predictable maybe choosing the division’s two highest scorers and highest scoring winger, with not a goalkeeper, defender or midfielder to be seen!
Ironic that Ciaran Clark appears to be Newcastle fans’ idea of their player of the season but hasn’t featured in any of these awards shortlists or teams of the year that we have seen published recently.
The nominations for Leagues One and Two were also revealed and interesting to see a former Newcastle player featured.
Bought by Kenny Dalglish from Darlington for £250,000, Jamie Coppinger only ever made one first team appearance for Newcastle as a sub against Spurs.
However, after parting company with Newcastle and a few false starts elsewhere, the attacking midfielder ended up at Doncaster and has had a remarkable career.
Playing for them in the Championship, League One and League Two, Coppinger has now made well over 500 appearances for Rovers.
Even at 36 he is still doing his stuff and has been a leading light as Doncaster are top of League Two and look certainties for promotion.
The other two candidates are Luton’s Danny Hylton and Jamie Coppinger’s Doncaster teammate John Marquis.