Championship PFA fans' player of the year top 12: Part Two

09 May 2014 01:26
7. Andy Reid - Nottingham Forest

After returning to the club where he started his career, Andy has more than justified the old adage that ‘there is no substitution for experience’. A fair dose of ability helps too, and that has never been in short supply as the Forest playmaker continues to weave his midfield magic. His wand of a left foot has created many chances for teammates this season, and produced plenty of goals for himself along the way.

8. Craig Bryson - Derby County

Scottish international Craig has been an absolute inspiration for Derby this season as the Rams look to secure promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs. The epitome of what we call a ‘box-to-box player’, the former Clyde and Kilmarnock player has scored goals galore during a fantastic campaign, including two hat-tricks against Millwall and, more recently and famously, against local rivals Nottingham Forest.

9. Danny Ings - Burnley

Burnley fans were disappointed when they lost former favourite Charlie Austin to QPR, but Danny has gratefully taken on the mantle of Turf Moor goal hero during a prolific season. Before a recent ankle injury, he had already broken through the 20-goal barrier and his devastating partnership with Sam Vokes (the Suarez-Sturridge of the Championship) has played such a major role in the Clarets charge to the Premier League.

10. Ross McCormack - Leeds United

Off the field, it has been a nightmare season for the Yorkshire club but, on the field, it has been a sensational one for leading scorer Ross who was made club captain in January. He has become a talismanic figure at Leeds and his goalscoring exploits have made him an Elland Road hero. The first Leeds player to score four away goals in a match for 87 years, he already has a place in club history.and 28-goal haul to show for his efforts. 5. 1.

11. Chris Martin - Derby County

Martin underlined his importance to a Rams’ side pushing for promotion under Steve McClaren with his 21st goal of the season in the 2-1 win at Brighton in the first leg of the play-off semi final. The former Norwich player has been the focal point of a Derby attack with the best goalscoring record in the division and he has grown in stature and confidence as a successful season has unfolded.

12. Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn

Without Jordan’s goals this season Blackburn could have been looking at a fight against relegation rather than a belated push for a play-off place. The striker signed from Huddersfield has now amassed 148 career goals in 277 appearances – a ratio of better than a goal every two games, including 51 in just 89 goals for Rovers. Dad Andy Rhodes was an exceptional keeper; his son is a natural-born goalscorer.

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Source: DSG