With one game left in the season, most of the major stories have been written. This coming weekend will decide the other automatic promotion spot, the four play-off contenders, and the other two teams to be relegated. Despite all of that, now was as good a time as any for the Professional Footballers' Association to name their Championship Team of the Year.
The 11-man squad consists of Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Mark Hudson (Cardiff City), Wayne Bridge (Brighton & Hove Albion), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace), and Matej Vydra (Watford). For those of you that lost count, that's two Leicester City players, two from Cardiff City, one from Burnley, one from Brighton, one from Watford, one from Blackpool, and three from Crystal Palace.
Not one Bolton Wanderers player in that list. You may be asking yourself: "well, who deserved to be?" Easy. Chris Eagles and Jay Spearing. Eagles was the team's main point of attack for the whole year with 11 goals and 12 assists on the season (which is downright excellent for a winger) while Jay Spearing was a rock in midfield and anchored the squad. Hell, even Craig Dawson, who spent just three months with Bolton, should have been a contender compared to that 11.
That isn't what makes the list absolutely ridiculous though. The PFA's Championship Player of the Year was Wilfried Zaha and that absolutely takes the cake.
Zaha made 41 appearances in the Championship this season, scoring six goals and assisting eight for Crystal Palace. Chris Eagles made 42 appearances, scoring 11 and assisting 12. He also picked up just three bookings to Zaha's seven. Now, we're not saying that Eagles should have won player of the year, but to give it to Zaha is simply ludicrous.
Matej Vydra's 20 goals and six assists in 41 league appearances were much better than Zaha's totals as were his performances on the whole. What about Jordan Rhodes' 28 goals? The Blackburn man didn't even make the PFA's team, let alone get within shout of Player of the Year.
All in all, it was a list seemingly chosen on players' names and the teams they played for.