By Louis Hobbs
Football in Yorkshire has been played to a spectacular standard this season. Sheffield United being named League One champions, Doncaster have won promotion from the League Two with the possibility of still winning the league and three Yorkshire teams are battling for playoff spots in the championship.
With that in mind, here is LT Journalism’s take on Yorkshire’s combined team of the season…
GK: Kieron Westwood
Westwood has been outstanding in between the sticks at Hillsborough since joining in 2014, and this season has been no different. Keeping 15 clean sheets, ranked him with the third most in the Championship this campaign.
His Sheffield United rival Simon Moore may have obtained more clean sheets than him but the Irish international’s heroics in goal have saved the Owls many points this season.
RB: Kieron Freeman
Considering Freeman was on the Blades transfer list at the beginning of the season, to even break into the first team would have been impressive, but Freeman has been outstanding all season covering both attacking and defensive duties.
Playing an influential part on United’s back five, the 25-year-old has also managed to score 11 goals this season, a remarkable statistic for a right-back.
CB: Pontus Jansson
Since joining Leeds on-loan from Torino in the summer of 2016, Janssen has been a consistent first team player for Leeds and in a year become a fan-favourite.
The Swedish centre-half has been a rock at the back, and the main reason why Leeds hold a good defensive record. Jansson has now signed permanently at Elland road with the fee said to around £3.5 million.
CB: Harry Maguire
In what has been a disappointing season for Hull, Maguire has been one of not many positives. The Sheffield born defender has burst into the Tigers first team and has brought a sense of solidarity back to Hull’s defence.
A debate has even started as to whether the 24-year-old deserves an England call-up due to his fantastic performances this campaign.
LB: James Meredith
Bradford’s main aim of this season was to turn the Valley Parade into a fortress, and Meredith has been a key member of achieving this goal. His fantastic positioning and pace at the back has helped the Bantams keep their fantastic unbeaten home record intact.
The left-back’s also has an amazing delivery into the box which have led to numerous amounts of goals this year, with Meredith also scoring three goals this year.
CM: John Fleck
Coventry’s player of the season last campaign, Fleck joined Sheffield United on a free transfer in the summer and has been a key player ever since.
The Scottish playmaker has created 17 goals this year and through dominating the midfield has been one of the main reasons why the Blades have dominated the League One and accumulated 100 points, as well as been one of the three player included in the League One player of the season vote.
CM: Aaron Mooy
On-loan from Premier League giant Manchester City, Mooy has rejuvenated Huddersfield’s midfield and added a sense of creativity that hasn’t been seen at the Kirklees stadium in years.
If Huddersfield are to progress through the play-offs and gain promotion to the Premiership, the Terriers will need to sign Mooy on a permanent deal after being such an influential member of their team.
AM: Marley Watkins
An unsung hero for Barnsley this term, Watkins has been incredible under Paul Heckingbottom. Scoring 10 goals and providing 7 assists, the 26-year-old has aided the Tykes up the table in their first season back in England’s second tier.
AM: James Coppinger
In his thirteenth season wearing a Doncaster shirt, the fan-favourite has been nothing other than phenomenal. At 36 years of age, Coppinger is still playing at a fantastic standard and has been key in Doncaster’s race to return back to League One.
This will be the third promotion party, the Donny captain has enjoyed during his time at the club and doesn’t appear to be retiring any time soon.
ST: Chris Wood
In his second season for Leeds, Wood has fired the Whites up the table and helped them push for a play-off spot.
The top goal scorer in the Championship, scoring 26 goals, the New Zealand international has showed different class in which he hasn’t in previous seasons. As well as been included in the shortlist for Championship player of the season.
ST: Billy Sharp (Captain)
The League One player of the season, Sharp has scored more league goals in England top four divisions than any other player, scoring an incredible 31 goals.
However, not only has Sharp provided immense fire power up top for the Blades, he has captained his side to League One glory winning the title 14 points clear and ending the season on 100 points.
This has by far been the 31-year-old’s most impressive season, and he will surely be looking to exceed himself by helping the Blades push on forward in the Championship.