The Championship this season, so far, has been one of the most closely contested in recent times. After 12 games, just 6 points separate the Top 6 and a couple of results either way can change the complexion of the table in a major way. With the international break completing a week, we decided to have a look at arguably the strongest Championship XI based on what we have seen so far this season.
Goalkeeper: Darren Randolph
Middlesbrough’s undisputed first-choice custodian has been brilliant under the bar. He has conceded just 6 goals in 12 games, collecting 8 clean sheets in the process.
Right-Back: Connor Roberts
Swansea City have played an adventurous brand of football so far this season and Connor Roberts has been a joy to watch on the flank.
Centre-Back: Daniel Ayala
At the back, the Smoggies have been thoroughly resilient and Daniel Ayala has been one of their best performers. After 8 starts, he averages 1.4 tackles and 7.5 clearances every game.
Centre-Back: John Egan
Summer signing John Egan has been exceptional for Sheffield United. He is one of the main reasons why the Blades are sitting at the top of the league table at the moment.
Left-Back: Barry Douglas
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man has certainly lived up to the expectations of the Leeds United fans. He has already bagged 3 assists this season and has adjusted himself well under Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics.
Central Midfielder: Oliver Norwood
Sheffield United’s Oliver Norwood has been impressive for a while now and currently tops the list of the chances created by a central midfielder.
Central Midfielder: Bradley Dack
In 9 appearances, Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack has plundered 6 goals and has also registered 2 assists and it is not a surprise to see him in the team.
Central Midfielder: Matt Phillips
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matt Phillips has been scintillating to watch this season. He has been in red-hot form and his attacking endeavours have yielded 4 goals and an assist thus far.
Left Wing: Neal Maupay
In Neal Maupay, Brentford have one of the most prolific goal scorers in the league. In 10 Championship appearances, the 22-year-old has found the back of the net on 10 occasions and he also has 3 assists to his name.
Forward: Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle has scored 8 goals so far this season and has shown his unerring dependability in the second tier of English football once again.
Right Wing: Billy Sharp
The 32-year-old Sheffield United striker has been a poacher inside the box. He has already bagged 7 goals in 11 appearances and it will be interesting to see how he fares after the international break.
Statistics Credits: WhoScored