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Ian Holloway selects 3 Newcastle United players in Team of the Season…so far

4 years ago
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Ian Holloway has selected his Championship team of the season…so far.

The Sky Sports pundit picking the 11 most influential players with 16 matches gone, just over a third of the season.

In his top team, three Newcastle players are featured, with write-ups from Holloway below on why each was selected.

Ian Holloway Championship Team of the Season – so far:

GOALKEEPER: Ali Al-Habsi (Reading)

RIGHT-BACK: Bruno (Brighton)

CENTRE-BACK: Pontus Jansson (Leeds)

CENTRE-BACK: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)

LEFT-BACK: Scott Malone (Fulham)

CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER: Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield)

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)

CENTRE-FORWARD: Tammy Abraham (Bristol City)

CENTRE-FORWARD: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)

Ian Holloway comments on each of the three Newcastle players chosen:

CENTRE-BACK: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)

Every successful team needs a leader like Lascelles, who is showing age doesn’t matter when appointing a captain.

The 22-year-old isn’t afraid to speak up if something isn’t right and the way he took responsibility for a couple of individual mistakes at the start of the season was very impressive. The Newcastle attackers have grabbed most of the headlines this season but the defence has only shipped three goals away from home. Lascelles has been a rock for the Toon.

CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)

Shelvey is the first name on the teamsheet. He’s a genius – the best I’ve ever seen play in the Championship. He can get it off the centre-halves, dictate play and go beyond into the final third. When he gets into shooting positions he also has the quality to either score or find one of his mates. Shelvey is a Rolls-Royce of a footballer.

CENTRE-FORWARD: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle)

He’s doing me proud. I tipped him to be the league’s top scorer and he hasn’t let me down, firing in 11 already. He was the most expensive player I ever purchased as a manager when I took him to Crystal Palace and I’m not surprised to see him banging them in. He’s pure quality.

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