Championship Team of the Season so far, including Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Hull’s Jarrod Bowen

17 Nov

The Championship has been electric in the first half of the season.

West Brom are leading the title-chasing pack after 16 games with Preston, the surprise package of the season, following closely behind.

West Brom have lost just once under Slaven Bilic in the Championship
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Leeds are going strong under Marcelo Bielsa in third, while big spenders Stoke find themselves in the bottom three.

It has been an unpredictable start to the Championship campaign, with Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Cardiff, Blackburn and Derby failing to live up to pre-season expectations.

But what players have stood out so far? Stats experts WhoScored lists the Championship Team of the Season so far.


Goalkeeper: Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest)
WhoScored rating: 7.0

Both Arijanet Muric and Samba joined Nottingham Forest in the summer.

Muric signed on loan from Premier League champions Man City, while Samba joined on a permanent deal from Ligue 2 club Caen.

Muric made two errors in Forest’s opening-day defeat to promotion rivals West Brom and looked shaky in his next three games.

Subsequently, Samba replaced the youngster in goal and hasn’t looked back since.

The 25-year-old has been a calming presence between the sticks and made seven saves in a Man of the Match display in Forest’s 1-0 win over arch rivals Derby last time out.

Brice Samba has been a revelation in goal for Nottingham Forest
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Right-back: Matty Cash (Nottingham Forest)
WhoScored rating: 7.3

Midfielder Cash has been converted into a makeshift right-back by Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi.

The 22-year-old has looked at home in his new position and has two goals and two assists to his name so far this season.

He is superbly filling the void left by former Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

Centre-back: Ben White (Leeds)
WhoScored rating: 7.2

There would have been concern all around when Leeds sold star defender Pontus Jansson to Brentford in July.

However, Ben White, on loan from Brighton, has stepped up to the plate.

White has played every minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign so far, with Bielsa’s men boasting the meanest defence, conceding just nine goals.

Ben White has impressed on loan at Leeds
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Centre-back: Aden Flint (Cardiff)
WhoScored rating: 7.2

Flint joined Cardiff in a £4million deal from Middlesbrough in the summer.

While the managerless Bluebirds are languishing in mid-table, Flint, an ever-present in the Welsh club’s defence, has started well.

At 6ft 5ins, the defender has proven to be a handful in the opposition’s box, scoring once and assisting three goals.

Left-back: Joe Bryan (Fulham)
WhoScored rating: 7.4

Bryan has played as a centre-back, left-back and left-wing-back in his 14 Championship games this season.

Known for his attacking exploits, one goal and three assists is a solid return.

He is set to play a crucial part in Fulham’s promotion push.

Right wing: Jarrod Bowen (Hull)
WhoScored rating: 7.3

Bowen always seems to be linked to Premier League clubs when the transfer window opens – and with his impressive stats in England’s second tier – it’s easy to see why.

The 22-year-old scored 22 goals in 46 appearances last season.

And he has started the 2019/20 campaign with a bang, netting nine goals in 16 games.

His goal return is even more impressive when you consider he plays as a winger in most matches.

Central midfield: Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)
WhoScored rating: 7.4

Phillips was linked with a £30million move to Premier League new boys Aston Villa in the summer.

Leeds resisted the temptation of cashing in on their star man, who signed a new long-term deal at Elland Road in September.

Phillips continues to thrive in midfield under Bielsa’s guidance and will hope to lead his boyhood club to the top-flight this season.

Kalvin Phillips is a regular starter in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds team
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Central midfield: John Swift (Reading)
WhoScored rating: 7.4

Despite spending most of the season near the bottom three, Swift has starred for Reading.

The former Chelsea midfielder has registered six assists, with his delivery from set-pieces invaluable to the Royals.

Swift is providing Reading with so much creativity in midfield alongside Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria

Left wing: Ebere Eze (QPR)
WhoScored rating: 7.5

Eze has been unplayable at times this season.

Whether he is on the wing or operating as a No.10, teams have not been able to handle him.

Six goals and four assists have helped QPR climb to 10th in the league with a realistic chance of challenging for a play-off spot.

It comes as no surprise to see him on a WhoScored rating of 7.5, the highest of any player in the Championship..

Ebere Eze (right) has been QPR’s star man this term
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Striker: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday)
WhoScored rating: 7.3

Fletcher has started 15 of Sheffield Wednesday’s 16 Championship games this season.

The 32-year-old has played up front on his own for most of the campaign so far, scoring five goals.

His ability to hold the ball up and bring his teammates into play has been vital to Garry Monk’s side.

Striker: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)
WhoScored rating: 7.3

After netting 10 Premier League goals in Fulham’s relegation from the top-flight last season, Mitrovic stayed loyal to the Cottagers by signing a new five-year deal in July.

And the Serbia striker has already bettered that tally with 12 Championship goals – no other player has scored more times than him in the second tier this term.

Mitrovic is a handful for any defender.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has been in red-hot form this season
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Championship Team of the Season so far this season

The Championship Team of the Season so far, according to WhoScored
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