The Unsung Championship Team of the Season 2011-2012
An excerpt from: Just Football, May 18, 2012
The Unsung Championship Team of the Season 2011-2012 is a post from: Just Football
With the climax of the Championship almost upon us, Just Football’s James McMath picks his unsung XI – the players who caught the eye but failed to make the cut at the official Football League awards.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation, with no two players from the same club:Goalkeeper: Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
The seventh-best defensive record in the division was a major factor as Palace, with limited resources, stayed clear of danger all season. In fact, their position on the last day (17th) was the lowest Dougie Freedman’s side had dropped since the opening week. Speroni was a key part of the Eagles’ relative success, helping them keep 17 clean sheets.Right-Back: Kieran Tripper (Burnley)
An ever-present in a Burnley side still lacking in consistency under Eddie Howe. The 21-year-old former Manchester City academy graduate chipped in with four goals and has reportedly attracted attention from the likes of Newcastle United.Centre-back: Jason Shackell (Derby County)
Dependable and unspectacular, Shackell is almost the embodiment of Nigel Clough’s Rams. He played every league game and took on the captaincy when injury struck Shaun Barker.(Read More...)