The official EFL Championship team of the season was named on Monday morning.

The eleven players selected (and those who missed out) have provoked plenty of debate, even though the clubs at the top of the table dominated the team.

As you can see below, David Wagner was named as the Manager of the season and the players were named from Brighton (4), Leeds (2), Newcastle (2), Huddersfield (2) and Fulham (1).

EFL Awards Team and Manager of the Season:

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)

Manager: David Wagner

With Newcastle top of the table, only having two included compared to Brighton’s four, was a major puzzle for many.

However, former Sunderland striker and now Sky Sports pundit, Don Goodman, thinks he knows why maybe Rafa’s team didn’t feature more.

Goodman thinks that Rafa Benitez rotating  players may not have helped some of his team.

However, he believes that the main factor will have been that with Newcastle hit favourites to win the Championship, most people just expected the team/players to be up there, so maybe the more unfancied teams/players are getting more credit after providing surprises this season.

Don Goodman talking to Sky Sports:

“We expected Newcastle to be up there at the top and their players to win every game but it doesn’t happen like that.

“Many of the other clubs that have had wonderful seasons, their players have stood out a bit more because we had more expectation of Newcastle.

“Also, Rafa Benitez is not adverse to rotating players.”

It has also been reported today that the team was drawn from nominations/votes given by media representatives from each Championship club, so it doesn’t exactly rank alongside the credibility that comes when you are named in the PFA team of the season by your fellow professionals.

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  • SH.ER

    He is right ,,,, with our large squad at the start of the season
    I expected us to win at least 75% of our games at this level
    that means 34 to 35 games but we won so far only 24 games so even if we win the remaining 8 games we won’t be able to win 75% of the games
    and yes i know the record is 31 games ( expected us to beat it )
    not the end of the world but yeah , we need some improvements in the summer

  • mild_peril

    I think that’s fair to be honest.

  • Paul Busby

    Clark is the only other member of the team who would deserve to be in there IMO, perhaps Darlow if it wasnt for the handful of clangers. Ritchie would be the only other honorable mention…

  • Michael Rosemann

    Maybe they should pick championship team of the season, let’s say, at the end of the season?, or is that just crazy

  • Steve Smith

    Well it’s clearly wrong… If you ask the managers of all other teams in the league they’ll tell you that our bench is worth more than their entire starting 11 and that we have an unfair advantage over them all with the quality we have…

  • David braithwaite

    Surely this should be done when the season is over not with 8 games to go .

  • MadMag83

    Utter tosh, Brighton were big favourites too so that doesn’t wash. As we’ve heard after many a game how supposedly ‘unluckly’ the opposition were to lose, perhaps it’s been reflected by those clubs media partners when they voted.