A common call to be heard echoing around certain parts of Twitter at the moment is: “Who the **** picks a team of the season in MARCH?” It seems that the EFL and Football Manager franchises do.
The following tweet (below) shows their selected line-up made up of players from just the five Championship clubs, with four Brighton players flocking to the hand-picked side managed by Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner.
Amidst the starting XI are two Leeds United players who have caught the eye at opposing ends of the field: defensive rock Pontus Jansson and crack marksman Chris Wood.
Since arriving on an initial loan from Serie A side Torino, Swedish central defender Jansson has become not only a defensive mainstay for the Elland Road club, but also a firm favourite of the Leeds United faithful. The fans, buoyed by his defensive strengths and sense of a shared ethos with them, took to him like a proverbial duck to water.
His arrival coincided with a rapid rise up the table and a huge turnaround of form. When he arrived at the club, and after his first game loss against Huddersfield Town, Leeds were in the relegation places. Now they sit firmly in the Play-Offs and are looking upwards, rather than casting nervous eyes over their shoulders.
As well as Pontus Jansson forming a burgeoning partnership at the centre of the Leeds United defence with Kyle Bartley, Leeds’ charge up the table has also relied heavily on the 24 goals scored by Kiwi striker Chris Wood.
£3 miilion buy Wood has been in somewhat imperious form against virtually all of the Championship, scoring in 20 games this season and against 18 of the 23 Sky Bet Championship sides.
Ploughing the lone striker role up top, Wood offers not only a massive goal threat, but also is showing a more versatile side than what many might expect. His size alone makes him a handful for any central defender and, in spite of his considerable bulk, Wood shows a deft touch at bringing others into the game.
As with any Team of the Season, there’s always bound to be more than a Heinz Variety of opinions as to who should/shouldn’t be included in such a selection. These go alongside those people likely still wondering, “Who the **** picks a team of the season in MARCH?”