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.