The official EFL Championship team of the season was announced on Monday and Mick Quinn clearly wasn’t too impressed.
Like many Newcastle fans he was a little surprised that the 11 best players included only two from Newcastle but four from Brighton, with the rest made up of two each from Leeds and Huddersfield, plus one from Fulham.
This is how that official Championship team of the season lined up:
David Stockdale (Brighton), Tommy Smith (Huddersfield), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Scott Malone (Fulham), Anthony Knockaert (Brighton), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United), Chris Wood (Leeds), Glenn Murray (Brighton)
Newcastle cult hero Mick Quinn has made his own selection and only five survive from the official first 11.
Mick Quinn chooses his Championship team of the season on Talksport:
Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)
Pontus Jansson (Leeds)
Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
Tom Cairney (Fulham)
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)
Chris Wood (Leeds)
Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)
The focus changes just ‘slightly’, with Quinny picking four from Newcastle, two from Brighton and none from third placed Huddersfield!
You also get the impression that maybe he doesn’t watch too many Championship matches beyond Newcastle’s, choosing Ryan Sessegnon after his two goals at St James Park when he played in an advanced role on the left. The 16 year old has only started 14 Championship matches this season and first choice Fulham left-back Scott Malone (who also played at St James Park and was excellent but didn’t make the headlines) was selected in the official team.
For Newcastle fans though, the main surprise will be wondering how Mick Quinn came up with Jamaal Lascelles in his starting 11!
The United Captain has done ok in a bit of an in and out season but how the former NUFC number nine can pick him ahead of the outstanding Ciaran Clark, suggests Mick Quinn feeling the after effects of a tough week at Cheltenham!