EFL Championship Team of the Season for 2022-23 season
The past campaign saw incredible individual performances by the players
As the league games of the EFL Championship(2022-23) season is over and the race to Promotion to the Premier League has started through playoffs, teams like Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Coventry and Sunderland will be competing with each other in two-legged semifinal playoff matches.
However, there have been many surprising clubs with outstanding players this season. Here we look at the players who have performed extremely well for their clubs this season and have made it into the Team of the Season. Sheffield United has the most numbers of players on the list (3) as they have already achieved promotion alongside Burnley to the Premier League.
EFL Championship Team of the Season for 2022-23 season:
GK: Viktor Johansson (Rotherham)
Rotherham would probably have been relegated without Johansson between the sticks. Instead, the Millers beat the drop by six points and they largely have their Swedish shot-stopper to thank. The 24-year-old was the division’s busiest goalkeeper having made more saves (158) than any other, while 13 clean sheets was also a solid return.
RB: Trai Hume (Sunderland)
Hume was a solid performer for the Black Cats as they secured a play-off finish on the final day of the season. His consistent performance has helped his team throughout the season, he has also become a fan favourite as he continues to impress with his dedication and hard work for his team. A return of 2.7 tackles per 90 ranked among the top 20 players in England’s second tier.
CB: Tom Lockyer (Luton)
Another play-off finisher features at the heart of the defence. Lockyer helped form part of a Luton defence that conceded the joint-second fewest goals (39) in the division this season, with Lockyer’s return of 110 headed clearances, the joint-second most, key in the Hatters’ top-six finish.
CB: Anel Ahmedhodzic (Sheffield United)
Sheffield United have three players in the side, with Ahmedhodzic impressing at the back for the Blades. The 24-year-old scored six league goals for the Yorkshire side this season, a fine return for a centre-back, while Paul Heckingbottom’s side kept a clean sheet in 16 of the 32 league games Ahmedhodzic started. His towering presence in the box has helped the defence do very well this season.
LB: Ryan Manning (Swansea)
Rounding off the backline is Swansea star Manning. The 26-year-old returned the joint-third most assists (10) in England’s second tier, while no player made more key passes than the Swans full-back (108) in the Championship. As such, Manning deserves his inclusion in the side.
RM: Amad Diallo (Sunderland)
The second Sunderland player in the XI, Diallo enjoyed a superb loan spell with the Black Cats, scoring 13 times and providing three assists for Tony Mowbray’s side. Despite only starting 27 of 46 matches, Diallo ranked joint-sixth for successful dribbles (62) in the Championship this season.
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CM: Josh Brownhill (Burnley)
The sole Burnley representative in this XI, Brownhill was instrumental in the Clarets’ immediate return to the Premier League. The 27-year-old was directly involved in 15 league goals for Vincent Kompany’s side, scoring seven times, to secure his place in the team.
CM: Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United)
Partnering Brownhill in the middle of the park is Sheffield United’s Norwood. While the Blades star could only register five assists, it was not for want of trying, with the 32-year-old ranking sixth for key passes (82). In addition, only Jonny Howson (181) won possession in the midfield third more times than Norwood (177) in the Championship.
LM: Joao Pedro (Watford)
With a WhoScored.com rating of 7.42, Watford‘s Joao Pedro is the Championship player of the season. The Hornets endured a poor campaign in their bid to return to the Premier League, ultimately finishing 11th, but having secured a summer move to Brighton, Pedro will be plying his trade in England’s top tier next term. The Brazilian scored 11 league goals for Watford and completed more dribbles (116) than any other player to nail down the left-wing spot.
ST: Chuba Akpom (Middlesbrough)
The Championship’s Golden Boot winner features in the attack. The 27-year-old scored seven more goals (28) than any other player in the regular season, and he’ll be hoping to fire Boro back to the Premier League via the play-offs. Under Micheal Carrick, he has improved a lot this season and will hope to continue his good performance in the playoffs as well.
ST: Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United)
Pipping the likes of Viktor Gyokeres and Carlton Morris to the second striker spot in the XI, Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye joins Akpom on the frontline. The 23-year-old was one of two players to register double figures for both goals (13) and assists (10) in the Championship this season, and completed the second most dribbles (112) in the division.
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