COMMENT by Amir Mir
The end of season Championship awards is expected to have a number of highly talented players earn recognition for their outstanding campaigns.
The Team of the Season, which is expected to be named in May, would fill the seats of any stadium across the second division.
Two players that should be certainties for that team show be Leeds striker Chris Wood and Newcastle frontman Dwight Gayle.
Both have had outstanding seasons with their respective club’s this term, scoring a combined 43 goals between them.
Without their contributions, Garry Monk’s side may not be sitting in the top six, while Rafa Benitez could have been planning to make a return to the top tier via the play-offs.
Nonetheless, when you compare the duo to players like Glenn Murray or Bristol City’s Tommy Abraham, it is Wood and Gayle who would come out on top.
New Zealand international Wood’s aerial threat and all-around ability outshines the experienced Murray – four more goals and a better minute per goal ratio proves that.
Gayle’s movement and clinical finishing is far better than Abraham’s – the latter has scored his goals every 147 minutes, while Gayle has found the back of the net every 91 minutes.
It will be a huge surprise if Wood and Gayle are not named side by side in the TOTS at the end of the campaign because it is quite evident they should be playing at a higher level.