Goalkeeper: Mark Travers (Bournemouth) Made a name for himself during his Premier League debut against Tottenham three years ago and established itself as Bournemouth’s No. 1 on the road to advertising, outpacing competition from Newcastle lender Freddie Woodman. The 23-year-old had an interesting 12 months. Last May, five years after for scoring at debut for Weymouth, he headed in a stop-time equalizer in the Hampshire Senior Cup and finished this season with the golden glove.
Central defender: Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) Captain. Leader. Legend? Worrall may have acquired that status even before leadership Forest to the Premier League, and wiped tears from his eyes as he tried to word the feat at Wembley. He joined his boyhood club at the age of 14 and has long proved what it means for him to play for Forest, whether it is to express his dislike for Derby or his party trick: to go to the ground to clear the ball with his head. “We don’t mind suffering,” he said. “We suffered for a long time outside the field.”
Central defender: Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn) At the heart of a three-man back line the Irish defender, who joined Blackburn from Dublin side Belvedere in 2011, has enjoyed arguably his best season to date. Scouts were exhausted when their final push faded – they won three games after February – but Lenihan more than played his part when Scouts threatened to disrupt the expected order. Out of contract this summer, Blackburn are in talks to extend the long-serving central defender’s tenure.
Central defender: Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth) Bournemouth is just as good as crossing the line because in April Scott Parker declared Kelly – the youngest captain in the Championship – too good for the cast. Eddie Howe knew he was getting a special talent when Kelly signed from Bristol City in 2019 amid interest from several top clubs and the athletic defender, who also played on the left wing, looked at home with a central defender. After a stoppage-time start and an injury-hit first season, Kelly makes up for lost time.
Midfield right: Djed Spence (Nottingham Forest) A major player in Forest’s turnaround. The Middlesbrough lender excelled as a quarterback, his galivanting runs making him a vital outlet, prompting a call to England Under-21s. His release from Fulham in 2018 looks more confusing every day. Isaiah Jones of Boro, in fact the reason Spence was allowed to leave on loan, also starred on the right side. “Trials and hardships are happening,” Spence said after promotion. “You just have to keep going and work hard.”
Midfield: Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield) Possibly the best player in the finals, it was apt that O’Brien covered a good campaign with another clean and elegant display, even if it ended in defeat. At the core of Huddersfield’s promotion push, O’Brien’s zip and enthusiasm moved them to third place. Joined as an under-11 and signed a new long-term contract last September. Holder of a season ticket at Manchester City, O’Brien has won great admirers this campaign.
Midfield: Morgan Gibbs-White (Sheffield United) Demonstrated touches of class to record 12 goals and 10 assists on loan from Wolves, whose manager Bruno Lage has pledged to reintegrate the attacking midfielder into his squad for next season. Started a good relationship with Billy Sharp, who took advantage of Gibbs-White’s eye for a murderous pass. The 22-year-old was pivotal in helping the Blades reach the playoffs and took home the player of the season and a young player of the seasons at Bramall Lane.
Left Midfield: Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield) A £ 500,000 signing from Lincoln two years ago, he prospered under Carlos Corberán and proved a threat in a campaign that ended in final pain. Especially for Toffolo, who seemed to be messed up inside the box, only for the referee, Jon Moss, to order him for a simulation. His teammate Sorba Thomas also shone, while Keane Lewis-Potter of Hull and Josh Bowler of Blackpool impressed, especially against Fulham who released him as a junior.
Right side: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) There is no end to highlights for Johnson, whose burning speed and direct running proved nightmares for defenses. He has been electric since scoring his first Forest goal to score a point at Derby in August and his performance against Leicester in the FA Cup in February was reflective of the role of its protagonist. He has a nose for being in the right place at the right time and his sliding pass and a relationship with Spence has helped Forest become a force to be reckoned with.
Striker: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) Normally, Joel Piroe and Ben Brereton Diaz would have come in with a shot, but it is impossible to look beyond Mitrovic’s record 43 goals he scored with a match to save. Add his stop time winner for Serbia in Porto to secure a place at the World Cup and it was a fruitful season. “He knows I will demand more and more from him from tomorrow,” said Marco Silva, Fulham’s manager. The Premier League is waiting.
Left side: Andi Weimann (Bristol City) The numbers speak for themselves. A return of 22 goals and 10 assists in a team that flattered to cheat and flirted with relegation for much of the season is extraordinary. Even more notable, the former Aston Villa forward came into the season after surgery for a anterior cruciate ligament injury. Weimann is a workaholic and a manager’s dream – he has played everywhere from quarterback to forward. Won Austria recall in March.
Manager: Steve Cooper (Nottingham Forest) Last week Jürgen Klopp seemed embarrassed to beat Cooper to the League Managers Association award for manager of the season for the way the Welshman transformed Forest, leading the club from the foot of the table to the Premier League in eight months. Forest’s 20th permanent manager since 1999 has secured heroic status. Corberan and Nathan Jones also performed wonders at Huddersfield and Luton, respectively.
Michael Cooper (Plymouth); Jack Whatmough (Wigan), Harry Darling (MK Dons), Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham); Paddy Lane (Fleetwood), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Cameron Brannagan (Oxford), Callum Lang (Wigan); Scott Twine (MK Dons); Ross Stewart (Sunderland), Will Keane (Wigan).
Player of the season: Scott Twine (MK Dons) No player had more goal involvement in the division than Twine (20 goals, 13 assists), who was on loan at sixth-tier Chippenham Town as recently as 2020. MK Dons paid Swindon £ 300,000 at court for the forward, who evolved. physically and refined his all-around play while retaining his propensity for a long-range strike or free kick. Rope started last season on loan at Newport in League Two and looks destined to step again.
Manager: Paul Warne (Rotherham) Perhaps the biggest compliment is that so long Warne has made a third promotion in five seasons look relatively easy, even if they squeaked over the line at last, having to settle for a second behind Wigan, whose manager Leam Richardson also deserves huge credit. to face the remnants of administration and ensure an immediate return to the Championship. Warne once again absorbed the loss of key players in the next season and raised the Pope John Trophy.
Jojo Wollacott (Swindon); Nathan Smith (Port Vale), Connor Taylor (Bristol Rovers), Pierce Sweeney (Exeter); Kane Wilson (Forest Green), Ebou Adams (Forest Green), Timothy Dieng (Exeter), Antony Evans (Bristol Rovers), Elliot Anderson (Bristol Rovers); Dominic Telford (Newport), Matty Stevens (Forest Green).
Player of the season: Kane Wilson (Forest Green) The full-back was a constant threat along the right wing and arrived with a joint league maximum of 13 assists. At times Wilson in effect operated as an extra forward for the division’s highest scorers. The 22-year-old left West Bromwich Albion boys club without a league appearance but, after a series of loans, took root in the Cotswolds two years ago. Did not look back and move back up the pyramid sign.
Administrator: Rob Edwards (Forest Green; now with Watford) That Edwards will start next season at Watford speaks volumes for the job he did in his first season as a Football League manager, leading Forest Green to the title and turning heads playing an attractive style. Matt Gray would have to be a close runner-up to lead Sutton United to a point of final and cup final in their first season in the Football League, while Darrell Clarke won. person tragedy lead Port Vale in League One tra Wembley.