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2011 PFA Championship Team of The Year

The 2011 PFA Championship team of the year is as follows

Paddy Kenny (Queen’s Park Rangers)
Kyle Naughton (Leicester City)
Ian Harte (Reading)
Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Wes Morgan (Nottingham Forest)
Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers)
Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)
Andy King (Leicester City)
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)
Danny Graham (Watford)
Grant Holt (Norwich City)

The choices this year seem quite strong, with many of the division’s top performers recognised in the team.

The list is  a mixture of seasoned campaigners such as Paddy Kenny, Ian Harte and Wes Morgan, as well as young developing talent such as player of the year Adel Taarabt and Scott Sinclair. The PFA team is made up of players from seven different clubs with no teams over represented.

However these awards generally spark great debate as fans often feel that their club’s stand out performer has unjustly omitted from the team at the expense of an inferior player from a rival club.

There are however some club’s that have had great seasons without representation in the team of the year including Cardiff and Leeds, whilst players such as Shaun Derry (QPR) and Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) will be wondering what more they could have possibly have done to made the list.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts, do you feel that there is a player missing from this XI? Or maybe a player added more for sentiment than his performances?

Let me know in the comments or on TWITTER

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  1. Matt

    March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    hole norwich team should be init !!!! we did amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ForestRule

    July 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Im surprised out of all defenders that Luke Chambers didn’t get a shout. He’s miles better than Morgan (who is a great player anyway). Secondly, no Lewis McGugan….that’s criminal.

  3. Jack Willison

    June 3, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Without a doubt Julian Speroni should have made the team in front of Kenny! Yes, palace had a poor season finishing 20th but without Speroni I doubt we would have stayed up! Best keeper outside of the premiership by a long shot! And also, as djw pointed out, Kyle Naughton is a premiership player and I would therefore stick Clyne at right back.

  4. djw

    May 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Re Bellamy: Kyle Naughton is a Spurs player on loan at Leicester, but he still made the team

  5. jameie

    May 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    well theres some dumb on here isnt there Bellamy hasnt been doing well some of you say well as a season ticket holder i can tell you you are wrong he has played very well even whenhe isnt compleatly fit he still trys his best and his best is brilliant in the championship

  6. Mark

    April 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

    As a Nottingham Forest fan I have to ask where is Lewis McGugan?
    13 goals from midfield, 3 penalties and 10 screamers including a 35 yard free kick!
    I would say that taarabt, sinclair and hoolahan have been better than him but I feel Andy King has not done as well.

  7. James

    April 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Ummm… where is kasper schmeichel and snodgrass 2 of the best players this season by far!

  8. Chris

    April 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    robert snodgrass ?, and jonny howson ? both been called up to represent thier country even tho howson was at the under 21’s but both been heavily linked with a move to the big time surprised none of them have been mentioned

  9. Aaron

    April 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I think Martin Taylor should definately be in the team, he is a rock solid defender and can score goals too. I haven’t seen him make a single mistake this season so I’m suprised not to see him in there.

  10. Tim

    April 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Contrary to other ‘Cardiff fans’ belief, I understand why Bellamy & Bothroyd have not featured as they have not consistently performed throughout the season in my view. I am surprised however as to the omission of Cardiff’s Kevin McNaughton who I feel consistently demonstrates why he is probably the divisions best defender. His versatility coupled with continual monumental displays proves his value. McNaughton apart, I think it’s probably fair enough

  11. james

    April 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    shame long isint underestimated but should 100% be in this team, im a everton fan and would love to see moyes put in a bid for long just to see if he could cut it with the big boys on a regular basis.

  12. jimthechimp

    April 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

    bothroyd was very good for cardiff this season til he got his england call up – since then he’s whinged constantly and hasn’t performed.

    • brumbluebird

      April 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

      You’re right- Bothroyd has lost it in recent weeks, but more to the point, why has Bellamy been omitted? Is he still officially classed as Premiership as he’s on loan?
      As for Ashley Williams being included- somebody must be taking the p*ss!

      • Cwmbran Jack

        April 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

        I think brumbluebird answered his own question without knowing it! Bellamy is a Premiership player this is the CHAMPIONSHIP team of the year (remember)…as for Ashley Williams the PFA have recognised an outstanding (and consistant) performer for Swansea City FC and Wales!

        • bluebirds

          May 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

          i have to addmit cwmbran jack is right

  13. Arslan

    April 19, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I expected Shane Long to have been aside Danny Graham. One of the underestimated players in the Championship.

  14. PHIL

    April 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Ditto. Where’s Shane Long?
    26 goals for club & country, a brilliant foil last Saturday for 3 other goalscorers and unlike most of the other top Championship goalscorerers, he’s done it in the Premiership too

  15. anthony

    April 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thought Reading’s Shane Long would have been in the team after his performances this season especially as he has been good for the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2012 qualifiers to boot.

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