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Best Players in the Championship

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by Del Woppio, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Del Woppio

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    F365 Top Ten Championship Players


    Despite being clogged up with an awful lot of dross, there are some top notch performers in the Championship, and we've picked out the best ten. Feel free to offer your own opinions...

    10) Marvin Elliott (Bristol City)
    An injury in pre-season has meant Elliott's form has only recently picked up to reach the heights of last season, but what heights they were. The driving force behind City's unlikely season of success and trip to the play-off final, Elliott dominates games from the middle of the park, and if Gary Johnson's men are to repeat the heroics of last season it will have a lot to do with Elliott's continued excellence.


    9) Mark Beevers (Sheffield Wednesday)
    Described by F365 editor Sarah Winterburn as a future England captain, Beevers has the sort of commanding air that such a position demands. Only just 19, you would think that Beevers still has to physically develop, but he is already a dominating presence in the Wednesday back four, so much so that he was voted the club's player of the year last term - his first full season.


    8) Wayne Hennessey (Wolves)
    Remarkably, the brilliant Hennessey has not been an automatic choice at Molineux this season. Youngster Carl Ikeme kept his place after stepping in for Hennessey earlier in the season, but the Welshman is back between the sticks after Ikeme himself limped out of the recent game with Sheffield United. Linked with plenty of Premier League clubs, with a bit of luck Hennessey will stay exactly where he is for a while, rather than following the likes of Richard Wright onto a top-flight bench for the formative years of his career.


    7) Joe Ledley (Cardiff)
    It's surprising that Ledley - still only 21 but already with 163 league appearances under his belt - is still at Cardiff, such has been the interest in the midfielder in recent seasons. Everton were the most prominent of a number of suitors for Ledley, whose versatility (ostensibly a left-midfielder, he is comfortable in the middle and has been known to play at left-back) is, as with most players of that type, both a blessing and a curse.


    6) Ferrie Bodde (Swansea)
    Roberto Martinez faced a battle and a half in the summer to keep his Dutch midfielder, and he'll be bloody glad he did. Composure, a good range of passing and no wimp in the tackle (stop sniggering) are just some of the plentiful reasons why Swans chairman Huw Jenkins laughed Derby out of the room when they offered £500,000 for Bodde. Probably the best player in League One last season, Bodde has carried on where he left off this time around.


    5) James McFadden (Birmingham)
    He usually looks both incredibly lazy and annoyed for a non-specific reason, but McFadden stands out in a Birmingham side that, in theory at least, is full of quality. All of the eleven that started against Watford at the weekend have a good amount of top-flight experience, and on his day McFadden looks like he still belongs there. Such is Birmingham's surplus of attacking talent he often finds himself on the left wing when he would no doubt prefer a more central role, but his crosses from wide positions could prove vital for City's promotion push.


    4) Stephen Hunt (Reading)
    An unpleasant character he may be, and owner of a remarkably silly hat, but by golly he can play. The Championship is clogged with players you might describe as 'honest' (i.e. they work hard, but have somewhat limited ability), so it is little surprise that Hunt - a man who can play as well as run - stands out. His five goals only tell half the story, and it's his and Jimmy Kebe's contributions from wide that have proved crucial to Reading's strong first half of the season.


    3) Chris Eagles (Burnley)
    A luxury player, but when he's as good as he was for Burnley against Sheffield United at the weekend, he's worth having. Not quite ready for the big time when Manchester United sold him in the summer, Eagles will return to the Premier League (whether that's with Burnley or not) a stronger, and better player. Of the batch of youngsters that didn't quite make it at Old Trafford, Eagles looks a class above the likes of David Jones and Lee Martin.


    2) Kevin Doyle (Reading)
    Will always be regarded as a terrific bargain, but that in some ways denigrates what an exceptional player Doyle is. Despite a slightly underwhelming season last year in the Premier League, Doyle is top scorer in the Championship, bagging 15 goals (including two hat-tricks) and lining up plenty more for Hunts Noel and Stephen. If Reading are to bounce straight back to the top flight, it will largely be down to Doyle's goals.


    1) Michael Kightly (Wolves)
    Signed from Grays Athletic a couple of seasons back, Kightly has been exceptional ever since, despite this campaign being interrupted by injuries. Frankly, it's baffling that the Wolves winger hasn't been snapped up by a Premier League club well before now. Routinely tears defences apart in the Championship, it will be interesting to see how he adapts should Wolves manage not to choke in their customary manner and get promoted.


    ...And five youngsters to watch out for

    Carl Ikeme (Wolves)

    Adam Lallana (Southampton)

    Lewis McGugan (Nottingham Forest)

    Kyle Naughton (Sheffield United)

    Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace)
     
  2. Visage Wolf

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    Its hard to take seriously any list that doesnt include Freddie Eastwood.
     
  3. duanepipe

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    :)

    Harry Redknapp coined it: "Doing a Wolves"

    Harry, you've got to concede you're nailed on for promotion now?

    "Yes it looks that way. Unless we do a Wolves."

    If we Devon Loch the league this year I fear we might lose a lot of that talent.
     
  4. Mancwolf

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    Errm, no Ebanks-Blake. Are they having a laugh?
     
  5. Axle

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    Agreed Mancwolf.

    Even more noticeable is the lack of Foley.
     
  6. Ebanks-Blake, Foley, Hennessey... thats three Wolves players from a list of 10 from the whole of the championship. Lets be realistic eh? ;)

    I'm suprised seen as its our 'forward' play this season thats taken all the plaudits, our two goalkeepers make the list.
     
  7. Mancwolf

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    Ebanks-Blake is a better player than Kightly. Hennessey shouldn't be in there. Agreed Foley should be close to the top 10.
     
  8. Waggy's Boots

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    Made me laugh anyway!!
    :):):)
     
  9. Mr Zuki

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    I'd say the only championship keeper better than Hennessey is Ikeme so he has to be in there.

    Where the hell is Stearman??????
     
  10. Sozzled Wolf

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    Had Jarvis have been fit all season he'd defo have been in there.
     
  11. Simmowolf

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    They also make a valid point about Hennessey [not] moving yet.
    We know he's good, but he's unlikely to walk into Arsenal/Spurs 1st team (OK maybe Spurs ;-) ).
     
  12. My God.

    Why not have the 'Top 10 Championship Players' listed as the Wolves starting 11. Less this weeks scapegoat. Which i gather is Mancienne. * ;)

    * I have to include a smiley face here or people MAY take my tongue in cheek comment as a genuine post.
     
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    Does anyone know what this refers to?
     
  14. Wolv3nsam

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    The fact Stephen Hunt is a dirty $$$$ on the field.
     
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    Fracturing Cech's skull probably didn't help his reputation.
     
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    On ths season's form I'm surprised to see Kightly up there at no.1. In fact the last two times I've seen him he's been pretty forgettable to put it politely.

    Does anyone know if he is carrying an injury at the moment?
     
  17. Ulver

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    You know, other teams do have individual players better than ours. Quite a balanced list with some real classy players.
     
  18. itsonlyagame

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    Foley is the one glaring omission in my book, the guy is superb and will develop in to a superstar. :cool:
     
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    Hard to agree with any list that includes McFadden and excludes SEB and James Beattie.
     
  20. I'm just chuffed that out of first 11 there's not too many I'd swap for anyone else in the division. I haven't thought that too often over the long, error strewn years.
     
  21. Dewsburywolf

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    Was it Hunt who also knobbled Cuducini in the same game? Or is my memory serving me wrong?
     
  22. A wanderer from Bristol

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    No it wasn't Hunt, though it did happen in the same game. I think it was one of their big centre halves in a collision at a corner.
     
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    Sonko crocked Cudicini
     
  24. I agree that Foley should be in there, and there is a good case for both of our strikers to be in there too, but lets be realistic, they arent going to have a top 10 that includes 5 Wolves players (even it it was accurate).

    Interesting list, not sure about McFadden. You'd expect him to be in a list of Top 10 players but from what i've seen of him this season he shouldnt be in there IMO
     
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    Lol, full back and superstar don't quite go together, but i know what you mean.
     
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    Paolo Maldini? Roberto Carlos?
     
  27. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    All done on reputation it seems. Has Kites been the best player in the league so far this year? He's not even been OUR best player!
     
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    More like a look at the past 2-3 seasons and not just the past 22 games form.
     
  29. A wanderer from Bristol

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    But probably been our biggest creative spark. He has also been our third highest goal scorer and the player that has preoccupied other teams defences the most and thereby created space for others.
     
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    Is it incredibly arrogant (to an almost Blues-equivalent level) to say that there is a reasonable case for at least six of our players being in this list? Namely Foley, Stearman, SEB, Kightly, Jarvis and Iwelumo?

    Oh christ I'm giddy with success.
     
  31. woolee9

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    Ebanks-Blake shouldn't be in there, hes just a goalscorer, not that good otherwise. What about Jarvo?
     
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    You've got to be on a wind-up.
     
  33. dolmanrj

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    Did you see him play the other night?
     
  34. Yeah, just a goalscorer. Goals don't mean $$$$ in football - sell him.

    Jesus.......
     
  35. Does anyone know if this list has created discussions/a thread for Blues or Reading's fans and, if so , whether either of them are arguing for up to six of their players to be in the list?
     

  36. I wouldnt say they should all be in there, but there is a case for each. I would imagine that on form and performance this season, Ebanks-Blake, Iwelumo and Foley would walk in to virtually every team in this division. Possibly Kightly, Hennessey and Stearman too. If that were the case, wouldnt have make them amongst the best players in the league?
     
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    See you in a week.......
     
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    foley shouldnt be there yet, kites and seb for me
     
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    What they get up to in the dressing room after a game is none of our business. :D
     

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