The Official EFL Championship team of the year was chosen in March.

The same with the PFA best eleven that was announced, the players having to decide long before the end of the season, who are the top performers.

Pundit Adam Virgo questions why this is the case, telling The Football League Paper:

“Why do they choose the EFL team of the year in March?

“Someone could score ten goals between now (then) and the end of the season – it’s ridiculous.”

When you think of the twists and turns just in those final three games of the season when Newcastle came back to win the title ahead of Brighton, it simply underlines how daft it is to make decisions so early.

In April alone, Newcastle played seven games, and Rafa Benitez said throughout the season that nothing would be decided (in the Championship) until that month.

Adam Virgo is a former Brighton player, having had two spells at the club, and has picked three players from his former employers in his own Championship team of the year.

There were also two from Leeds, one each from Huddersfield, Fulham and Villa, plus three from Newcastle – including one surprise choice…

The Adam Virgo Championship team of the year in The Football League Paper:

David Stockdale (Brighton)

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield)

Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

Pontus Jansson (Leeds)

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United)

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)

Tom Cairney (Fulham)

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)

Chris Wood (Leeds)

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)

Nice to see Paul Dummett getting recognition as well as Shelvey and Gayle.

The Geordie full-back gave a committed performance throughout the year and started more Championship matches (44) than any other Newcastle player (Jamaal Lascelles next highest with 41).



  • Paul Patterson

    I couldn’t comment on him being the best left back in the league, but the treatment he gets off some supporters is nothing short of scandalous. An honest lad, who tries and has been a good, steady performer. We could’ve done with more players with his attitude down the years.

    • Whickhamrobbie

      Agree ,not the greatest player but probably the most honest in endeavour .
      Would you rather have a overseas player who gives up when it,s tough (like the sunlun lot ) or a guy who gives his all despite some shortcomings.

    • MadMag83

      Aye, we were crying out for lads with his team ethic during our last stint in the Premier League. He might not be the best in the world but he always gives 100%

  • Albert Stubbins

    I thought Dummy showed steady improvement throughout the season- I hope he at least stays in the squad as he’s versatile and gives 100%- every team needs players like this. Needs to work on his crossing but can be happy with his overall contribution to the team this season IMO.

    • That crossing is horrible. Prefer him at CB

  • wowski13

    Dummett just isn’t a good enough athlete to play left-back in the modern game. Anita got stick in the Fulham loss but I was at both games and Dummett was targeted and exposed mercilessly by Fulham in a much bigger way than Anita. I’m convinced he’d flourish as a CB though. in the handful of appearances he’s made in that position he’s looked an infinitely better player.

    • Damon Horner

      I could pick up weak games for all our players last season though, even Clark, I don’t get it when there is an article about a pundit who has recognised his consistency we still see him criticised.

      • wowski13

        Because he’s clearly our weakest defender when he plays at left back. I can’t fathom how he doesn’t get more criticism. I picked the Fulham games as an example but I could count the number of good games Dummett has played on one hand

        • tonytoon

          In your opinion, which is valid, but still only your opinion.

          • Street78

            And a weak opinion at that. Dummett never hides, would run through a brick wall and actually has had a great season . Yes he has weaknesses as do all players. If he was called paulinho dumette and came from Europe many of the fans who knock him would have him down as a young, up and coming world beater. Give this local lad, who supports the club and is a product of the much knocked club academy some credit

  • GeordieZebra

    Virgo an ex Brighton player and Dummett had 2 great games v Knockaert!

  • edward alderson

    how many of you have ever played left back at a good standard,not many buy the comments against a good steady lb ,which Dummett is

  • Big Al 1967

    The Championship Player of the season Anthony Knockaert, Derby’s Tom Ince, and Wolves Helder Costa are recognized as the three best wide players in the division. All three barely got a kick in the games they played against us
    The common denominator… Paul Dummett!!

  • Geordie-7676

    Dummett is a great little player, the problem is he is constantly played out of position. He is, and always will be a CB, not a LB. If he ever gets the opportunity to play there for an extended run, opinions will soon change.

    He’s never going to set the world alight, but hes much better than some of the absolute spank dross we have had in the last few years.