The annual EFL awards were held on Sunday night, and as is customary, fans and experts were divided over some of the prize winners.
Many of the players on the season’s Championship team were expected, although some players may feel aggrieved by their absence from the squad. In this article, we’ll look at a few Championship footballers who were unlucky not to make the team of the season in 2021-22.
First, let’s take a look at who made the season’s Championship team. The EFL thought that the ideal formation to display the team was 3-4-1-2.
Goalkeeper: Lee Nicholls (Huddersfield Town),
Defenders: Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest), Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth), Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham)
Wing Backs: Djed Spence (Nottingham Forest), Antonee Robinson (Fulham)
Central Midfielders: Philip Billing (Bournemouth), Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest)
Attacking Midfielder: Harry Wilson (Fulham)
Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)
Manager: Nathan Jones (Luton Town)
Here’s the Tweet by Sky Bet Championship
Aleksandar Mitrovic was also named Championship Player of the Year.
When looking at this team, it’s evident that it favors teams near the top of the division and excludes players who have had outstanding seasons with underperforming teams. It’s unsurprising to see players from elite teams because the best players tend to play for the best clubs, but might the EFL have shown more appreciation to players who didn’t have the same kind of squad around them?
Anyway, let’s have a look at who was unlucky enough to miss out on a spot on the season’s Championship team.
Bristol City’s Andreas Weimann
This season, the Austrian international has played a variety of positions for the Robins, from right-back to centre forward, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the division’s leading goal scorers.
Only Mitrovic (41), Solanke (27) and Ben Brereton Daz have scored more goals in the League so far this season than Andreas Weimann (20). (21). This is even more astounding when you consider that Bristol City are currently 17th in the Championship standings, whereas the other three all play for teams in the top seven.
Another factor to consider is the number of assists Weimann has amassed. He currently has 9 assists, putting him in 10th position on the assist leaderboard.
Here’s the Tweet by Bristol City FC
So far this season, Bristol City has only scored 57 goals, with Weimann assisting on 29 of them. This implies he has a hand in nearly half of his team’s goals this season, which is the greatest percentage in the league.
Only Mitrovic (48) and Solanke (33) have scored more goals this season than Weimann.
Due to his contributions with a squad that is closer to the bottom of the league than the top, Weimann can consider himself unlucky not to be named to the team of the season. This season, the Austrian has largely played in an attacking midfield role, and he now has more goal contributions than Harry Wilson, the offensive midfielder in the EFL’s Championship team of the season. There is a strong case to be made that Weimann should have been picked over Harry Wilson for that post.
Weimann’s efforts have earned him a recall to the Austrian national squad, therefore the season has been a success for him.
Reading have had a poor season and relegation appeared like a serious danger for much of the second half of the season, but they are now mathematically safe and would have been relegated without the presence of midfielder John Swift.
Swift is having the best season of his career and can be credited with saving Reading’s season. With an average of 2.34 chances produced per game in the Championship so far this season, he has the most opportunities created.
With 13, the Royals’ star man has the second-most assists in the league this season, trailing only Harry Wilson (16). Swift’s tally, on the other hand, is arguably more amazing given the strikers they provide. Wilson has the benefit of having Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Championship’s all-time leading scorer with 41 goals this season, as a target. Reading’s main centre-forward, Lucas Joao, was injured for the first part of the season, thus Swift had to step up as the club’s major goal scorer.
Swift leads the Royals in goal scoring with 11 so far this season, giving him a total of 24 goal contributions. Only five players in the Championship have scored more goals this season.
John Swift is now a member of Whoscored.com’s squad of the season, thus his season is still being recognized elsewhere. The EFL selects its team of the week based on Whoscored’s rating system, so it’s odd that they appear to ignore it when selecting the team of the season.
Swift, like Weimann, may have been neglected due to his club’s poor record, but he can still be pleased of his accomplishments this season.