Championship XI of the season includes Liverpool target and former Spurs flop

Lewis Oldham
Championship XI of the season
Crysencio Summerville, Jack Clarke and Leif Davis.

We’re 34 games into the 2023/24 Championship campaign and the XI of the season is dominated by five standouts from Leeds United, Leicester City and Ipswich.

Talented attacking midfielders have stolen many of the headlines in the Championship this season and with only three places up for grabs in this area, there was bound to be a notable absentee; Hull City’s Jaden Philogene is perhaps most unfortunate to miss out.

The youngster has exploded onto the scene this season and may end up in this XI by the time this campaign ends before joining Tottenham – who according to TEAMtalk are ‘leading the chase’ to sign him – in the summer.

WhoScored’s rating system is used as a guide to form this XI of the Championship cream of the crop (at least 20 league appearances are required to be eligible)…

 

GK: Viktor Johansson (Rotherham United)
Rotherham’s season has been bloody miserable and it would have been a whole lot worse had it not been for the imperious performances of their Swedish goalkeeper.

After he played an integral role in the Millers staying up last season, Johansson has kept Leam Richardson’s side in games this term when they realistically have not had any right to be. This writer is set for summer heartbreak when he deservedly secures himself a big move elsewhere soon.

 

RB: Perry Ng (Cardiff City)
The Welsh side emerged as a shock candidate for the play-offs at the start of this season but have since slumped into mid-table. While their performances have been inconsistent, Ng’s superb displays have been a constant after he won Cardiff’s in-house Player of the Year award last season.

The attacking full-back is Cardiff’s joint-second leading scorer this season with five goals and the addition of three assists makes him a desirable asset who manager Erol Bulut may struggle to keep in the summer.

 

CB: Jacob Greaves (Hull City)
Liam Rosenior’s Tigers have gone under the radar compared to the Championship’s top four this season but for the first time in a while, they – with the help of significant investment from owner Acun Ilicali – are heading in the right direction.

Philogene and loanee Fabio Carvalho have been superb in recent weeks, but Hull’s forwards are being boosted by a solid defence and versatile 23-year-old Greaves has kept eight clean sheets this season.

 

CB: Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester City)
Enzo Maresca is spoilt for choice in the centre-back department (as he is in every position, really) and Vestergaard stepped up to fill the void left by Conor Coady and Callum Doyle while they were out injured.

Leicester City are superior to their Championship rivals in pretty much every department. Vestergaard had helped them lead the defensive charts as the best backline in the league for much of this season, but two consecutive defeats have seen Leeds (who have let in just 27 goals to Leicester’s 29) overtake them.

 

LB: Leif Davis (Ipswich Town)
Ipswich invested around £1m to snatch Davis from fellow Championship side Leeds United and this has proven to be a major coup.

After being included in last season’s League One Team of the Season, the influential 23-year-old – like his talented team – has enjoyed a dream season back in the Championship,  grabbing 12 assists in 31 games.

 

CM: Gabriel Sara (Norwich City)
The Canaries splashed out £6m to snatch Sara from Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo last summer and he was one of their few standout performers in what was a disappointing campaign in 2022/23.

Norwich have gradually grown into the season under David Wagner – who was under serious pressure at one point – and Sara has carried on where he left off from last term. The deep-lying playmaker has been involved in 16 goals in just 34 games and has netted the odd worldie along the way.

 

CM: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City)
Having previously shone for Luton Town at this level, Dewsbury-Hall was expected to fire Leicester to promotion and even after back-to-back defeats, he is on track to do just that.

His early-season form saw him linked with Brighton in January but Leicester managed to keep a hold of their asset who has successfully stepped out from the shadow of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.

 

RW: Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United)
There was a mass overhaul at Leeds United in the summer. They offloaded a lot of deadwood ahead of their return to the Championship but they did bloody well to keep Summerville.

Linked with Liverpool and other clubs in the Premier League and around Europe last summer and in January, Summerville has been spearheading Leeds United’s promotion push and he’s got a strong case to be the Championship Player of the Season.

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CAM: Morgan Whittaker (Plymouth Argyle)
Newly-promoted Plymouth pushed the boat out this summer and spent around £2m combined to sign Whittaker and Bali Mumba from Swansea City and Norwich City respectively.

This level of investment was required to bridge the gap from League One and it is hardly a surprise that Whittaker – with Mumba a close second – has been their best performer.

Whittaker in particular has been excellent and is a leading candidate for signing of the season after grabbing an impressive 17 goals and seven assists in 34 games.

 

LW: Jack Clarke (Sunderland)
The former Tottenham and Leeds player can consider himself unlucky that he is not currently playing in the Premier League (or Serie A with Lazio, weirdly) after he was one of the best players in the Championship last season.

Valued at around £15m, Clarke has carried Sunderland this season and after Michael Beale’s poor reign as manager severely hampered their play-off hopes, he will surely leave the club in the summer.

 

ST: Georginio Rutter (Leeds United)
Leeds United have done some questionable business in recent years and their decision to spend £36m (add-ons included) to sign Rutter from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in January initially looked to be the worst of the lot.

Rutter struggled in a poor Leeds United side last term but he has shown this season that fan perception of a player can alter quickly as he’s now a beloved figure at Elland Road.

The 21-year-old has produced a few star-making performances this term but as good as he’s been, Championship specialist Adam Armstrong is hot on his heels attempting to break into this team.

FEATURE: Norwich 24), Leicester 19), Leeds 2) – Champ sides ranked by their market vs purchase value profit/loss