League One: Team of the Year
Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie makes the team, but who else deserves a place?
The league season is coming to a close, and many players have enjoyed fantastic seasons for their clubs. Here is my League One team of the season, but do you agree? Leave a comment and let us know.
Goalkeeper | Bartosz Bialkowski | Notts County
Notts County have the fourth best defence in the league this season, conceding a miserly one goal per game on average. This is mainly thanks to Bialkowski, who has pulled off some phenomenal saves and has become the base this County team is built around.
Right back | Cyrus Christie | Coventry
Coventry are pushing hard for a play-off spot and part of the reason they are so high up is because of Christie. He has helped keep their defence solid, conceding only 1.2 goals per game, and has provided an extra attacking option with his surging runs down the wing. He would be sorely missed if he were to leave.
Centre back | Rob Jones | Doncaster
Jones has been the rock at the back for league leaders Doncaster; he has marshalled the whole defence with his senior leadership skills and has halted many attacks with his brutal tackling. He also offers height for offensive set pieces, causing chaos in opposition areas.
Centre back | Harry Maguire | Sheffield United
Behind Jones, Maguire has been the second best centre back this season. As part of the second best defence in the league, he has protected his keeper extremely well, ensuring they only concede 0.87 goals a game, a very stingy statistic at this level of the game. He also provides options when it comes to corners or attacking free kicks, scoring vital goals from them.
Left back | Jay McEveley | Swindon
McEveley is the sole member of the best defence in the league represented here. He has helped to make sure that Swindon only let in 0.75 goals per game by pressuring and tackling opposition players with ease. As well as that, he presents another pathway forward, bombing down the wing like a man possessed. From this he often puts in great crosses for assists.
Right midfield | Matt Ritchie | Swindon/Bournemouth
Ritchie had been the outstanding performer early on in the season at the County Ground and now for the Cherries. His work-rate and effort is faultless and the precision of his crosses is unbelievable. And as if that wasn't enough, he has also chipped in with some vital goals for both sides in their pushes for promotion.
Centre midfield | Harry Arter | Bournemouth
Arter has pulled the strings for Bournemouth all season, spreading the play or finding the precise through ball that was needed. He has also protected the defence with some heavy tackles and never goes in half-heartedly. As well as creating chances, he has also scored a few and would be sorely missed if he weren't there.
Centre midfield | Luke Chadwick | MK Dons
Chadwick has been the key player for MK Dons this year, dictating the play and helping out in defence as well. He has not only got the assists but also the goals as well, scoring some stunners along the way.
Left midfield | Marc Pugh | Bournemouth
Pugh has been outstanding this year for the cherries. Defenders haven't been able to deal with his pace as he just roars past them, and then, after that, he's still able to put in a great ball for his strikers. He also scores goals, not just creating them, with eight goals already to his name this season.
Striker | Clayton Donaldson | Brentford
Donaldson just can't stop scoring, with 17 in the league this year. He is the club's top scorer by a country mile and will be looking to pick up the League One golden boot at the end of the season. As well as that, he gives his teammates opportunities as well, holding the ball up well in the process.
Striker | Paddy Madden | Yeovil
Madden is the league's top scorer this season and when you play for a playoff chasing team, that's some feat. It would be amazing to see what he could do for a top of the table team. As well as that, he performs under pressure, with many fans relying on him to come back with the goods - a sign of a classy player.
So that is my team of the year, but the season isn't over yet and there is still a chance for some players to stake a claim for themselves to be in the official XI, which will be announced once the season finishes.
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