By Joe Cheshire and Josh Heycock
A total of twelve players from five Yorkshire based clubs have made the PFA ‘Teams of the Year’ for the Championship and League One respectively.
Leeds United, Sheffield United and Middlesborough all had players in the Championship team whilst both Barnsley and Doncaster had players in the League One team.
Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez all featured from a Whites team that has mounted the clubs best promotion charge in the last decade. The club congratulated the players on their season commenting:
“Cooper and Jansson have been key in the heart of the Whites defence, forming a formidable partnership.”
Billy Sharp and Oliver Norwood represent a Blades team that may well pip their Yorkshire rivals to automatic promotion.
Sharp has finally been recognised for his goalscoring prowess, getting his first appearance in the PFA team of the year at 33 years old after another impressive season, finding the net 23 times during the campaign.
Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph also forced his way into the team, despite all of the criticism that has been thrown at Tony Pulis’ side during the course of an underwhelming campaign.
Elsewhere, Barnsley dominated the League One team with five of the eleven players selected coming from the Tykes.
Adam Davies, Dimitri Cavare, Ethan Pinnock, Alex Mowatt and Kieffer Moore were all picked from Barnsley, with assistant head coach Dale Tonge expressing his beliefs that this showed the team’s success this season, commenting:
“I think it speaks volumes, not just for the individuals, but the team as a whole and the squad especially that these players have been recognised.”
The Tykes contingent is also joined by Doncaster front man John Marquis, whose stellar nineteen goal season has made him joint third top scorer in League One this season.