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What is the Championship's Best XI?

It's usually around this time that Championship players start to decide who made their team of the year, so who makes my shortlist?

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Robert Green (QPR)

Rob Green has kept the most amount of clean sheets in the Championship (14), at the time of writing, and this has helped QPR stay in promotion contention. Green has conceded the one of the least amount of goals in the Championship as well - with 24. However, Green has only made 50 saves this season, so his clean sheet record could be a testament to his defense in front of him.

Alex McCarthy (Reading)

Alex McCarthy has produced a whopping 105 saves this season - that's thirteen more than any other Championship goalkeeper. McCarthy has kept Reading in a number of games, where they would have been well beaten otherwise. It's a surprise that Alex hasn't made his way back into the England national team with his form this season.

Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton)

The former-Man Utd Poland international has conceded only 21 goals in 26 games, which has seen Brighton climb up the Championship table to 7th. Kuszczak has managed to keep 12 clean sheets as well - while making 57 saves in total.

Clyde's pick: McCarthy - stands out for me, due to his individual performances including the amount of saves he has made.


Simon Francis (Bournemouth)

Francis has been solid for Bournemouth this season, producing 3.4 successful tackles per game (the second highest in the division). He has won the most duels for a defender in the Championship this season (with 217).

Inigo Calderon (Brighton)

The Spanish defender is one of the strongest right-backs in the division, producing 2.8 successful challenges and 1.9 interceptions per game. Brighton fans would be worried that his contract is expiring at the end of the season.

Kieran Trippier (Burnley)

Trippier has produced the most assists in the Championship this season, with twelve, scoring two goals himself. He's been very consistent for Burnley this season and he is part of the reason for Burnley's surprisingly high league position this season.

Clyde's pick: Trippier - very strong, and I believe that Burnley won't be in the position they are without him.


Chris Cohen (Nottm Forest)

The twenty-six year-old works as well in left-back as he does on the left side of midfield, so he has attacking ability as well as defensive. The Forest captain has been injured since November, so he hasn't been able to make an impact on his sides performances since then.

Craig Forsyth (Derby)

Forsyth has been ever-present in a strong Derby side this season, with solid performances coming from the Scottish full-back. The twenty-four year-old could have a big future ahead of him.

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich)

Cresswell is one of the highest assist makers in the league this season (11) and with attacking ability being one of the wanted attributes of full backs in modern football, he fits the mould brilliantly.

Clyde's pick: Cresswell - a very useful full-back, who is as comfortable going forward as he is defending.


Jack Hobbs (Nottm Forest)

Hobbs was subject to a number of bids from Championship clubs in the transfer window, but ultimately chose to make his loan move at Forest permanent. Hobbs is solid at centre-back and makes, on average, 16 defensive actions (interceptions, blocks and clearances) per game.

Clint Hill (QPR)

Clint Hill has been a solid part of QPR's team all season and has made a number of appearances from left-back. Hill is very strong in the air and is usually assured in the tackle.

Jake Buxton (Derby)

Buxton has also been solid this season. The Derby man and produced two goals and seems comfortable on the ball; he is also an aerial threat

Dan Burn (Birmingham)

The 21-year old loanee from Fulham has shown his worth in a struggling Birmingham side this season. Burn recently returned to the Premier League side and has put in a number of good performances for the Cottagers.

Clyde's pick: Hobbs and Hill - Hobbs has been consistent at centre-back all season, while Hill is a good tackler and header of the ball.

Central Midfielders

Joey Barton (QPR)

Barton is one of the Championship's high profile players. This is his first season back at QPR since the "incident" that lead to a very lengthy ban in England. Barton is at the centre of the QPR team - making a staggering 67 passes per game.

Craig Bryson (Derby)

Bryson is one of the divisions best attacking midfield options. With twelve goals and eight assists, he remains one of Derby's biggest threats. He has the ability to score from long range as well; he reminds my of Gylfi Sigurdsson in a certain way.

Will Hughes (Derby)

Another high profile name, but this time as one of the bright stars that could bless English football in the future. Hughes has managed three goals this season - including a cracker against Reading. He is very strong on the ball and has been a target of Barcelona in recent transfer windows.

Iriney (Watford)

The Brazilian has the best pass accuracy in the division - 91.9% - and hasn't been a regular in the Watford team, however, and has been shipped of on loan to Mallorca in the Spanish league. When he was in the team, Watford only lost two matches, with the poor run of form coming after he was left out of the starting line-ups.

Clyde's pick: Bryson and Iriney - Bryson due to his attacking prowess, and Iriney because of his influence on the game and his passing ability.

Wide Midfielders

Andy Reid (Nottm Forest)

Eight goals and eleven assists is a superb return from a wide midfielder, as Andy Reid has managed for Nottingham Forest this season. Nothing else really needs to be said.

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)

Signed for £1m in the summer, Adomah has fitted in superbly at the Riverside and is one of the top goalscorers from midfield. He has also created a number of goals with his pace.

Garath McCleary (Reading)

McCleary has been explosive for Reading this season, with eleven assists and three goals. McCleary could be a summer transfer target for a lower Premier League side should Reading not get promoted this season.

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield)

The former England U21 international has excelled this season, with nine assists in twenty nine matches. He has played in five positions this season and is very strong at free-kicks.

Clyde's pick: McCleary and Reid - both are able to create chances and score goals. Both have the ability to play in the Premier League.


Charlie Austin (QPR)

QPR's summer signing has scored fourteen this term from twenty five appearances. Austin is currently injured for QPR, and will miss out on Sunday's clash with Reading. QPR haven't won without Charlie Austin this season.

Ross McCormack (Leeds)

Top scorer in the league. Ross McCormack is a threat from free-kicks, as well as from open play. He's versatile; able to play in attacking midfield and out on the wing. He scores a goal every 122 minutes, bettered only by Reading's Adam Le Fondre (a goal every 112 minutes; players played over 1,000 minutes).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn)

The Scotland international has managed sixteen goals this season, amid rumours of a January move to a Premier League club. He hasn't scored since New Year's Day, however.

Danny Ings (Burnley)

Not many would have expected Danny Ings to have nineteen goals this season, but he has fitted into the shoes of Charlie Austin brilliantly and he could propel Burnley into the Premier League.

Clyde's pick: McCormack and Ings - Not much between the four. I chose these two purely due to their goalscoring record.

Final XI

  • GK - Alex McCarthy
  • RB - Kieran Trippier
  • LB - Aaron Cresswell
  • CB - Jack Hobbs
  • CB - Clint Hill
  • RM - Garath McCleary
  • LM - Andy Reid
  • CM - Craig Bryson
  • CM - Iriney
  • ST - Ross McCormack
  • ST - Danny Ings

Disagree with my team? Who would make your Championship Best XI?