Rs duo in PFA XI
Championship leaders QPR have just two players in division's PFA team of the year.
Last Updated: 18/04/11 10:31am
Paddy Kenny and Adel Taarabt were the only QPR players named in the Championship PFA team of the year.
Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny kept three clean sheets in Rangers first three games of the season and has been in fine form all season.
Playmaker Adel Taarabt has scored 16 goals so far this season prompting manager Neil Warnock to warn off potential suitors for his services.
Promotion contenders Swansea and Norwich also have two players in the XI.
Wales defender Ashley Williams and winger Scott Sinclair have been impressive for the Swans while Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt have enjoyed fine seasons for the Canaries.
Tottenham loanee Kyle Naughton makes his second appearance in the team.
The Leicester defender was also voted on while with Sheffield United two years ago.
Ian Harte was also included in the XI. Reading's veteran left-back was named in the League One XI while with Carlisle 12 months ago.
Championship Team of the Year
Every successful side is built on solid foundations, and that starts between the sticks. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise to find Queens Park Rangers standing on the brink of a return to the Premier League. Neil Warnock's side have shipped just 27 goals this season, considerably fewer than any other team in the division. Kenny has been a mainstay throughout a remarkable season at Loftus Road, with the Republic of Ireland international having been an ever-present.
Naughton may be yet to make the breakthrough at Tottenham, but he continues to showcase just why Spurs were so keen to snap him up from Sheffield United in 2009. A loan spell at Leicester has seen the promising full-back develop further, with his growing maturity seeing him become more consistent and confident. The England U21 international has also weighed in with a handful of goals this season, helping to keep the Foxes in the play-off hunt.
Having been a model of consistency throughout his career, Williams makes the Championship Team of the Year for the second season in a row. It is easy to see why he is held in such high regard, with Swansea boasting one of the meanest defences in the land. The Welsh outfit have found a winning formula when it comes to keeping opponents out, and Williams has been key to that success. The Swans have conceded just 41 goals this season and could yet secure automatic promotion.
Local boy done good, Morgan has become a leading figure at the heart of Nottingham Forest's young side. The centre-half has now broken through the 350-appearance mark for the Reds and is fast closing in on a decade of loyal service. Morgan has come of age in 2010/11, with his combative approach helping Forest to remain among the promotion hopefuls. He would relish the opportunity to test himself against the best strikers in the land.
There are not too many full-backs who enter any given season expecting to break into double figures in terms of goals scored. Harte is certainly a defender that falls into that elite group, with the Irishman having already reached 10 for the season. Deadly from set-pieces, the 33-year-old is equally as adept going forward as he is being forced back. His efforts have helped Reading to stage a late surge into the play-off places.
Taarabt has brought a touch of magic to the Championship this season, with his mercurial talents having illuminated the second tier. The Moroccan may be something of an enigma, capable of frustrating and entertaining in equal measure, but there can be no doubting that on his day he is virtually unplayable. The 21-year-old has been the inspiration behind QPR's ascent to the second tier summit and he will be looking forward to terrorising top-flight defences next season.
This time last season, Hoolahan was celebrating his inclusion in the League One Team of the Year. Part of a Norwich side which took the third tier title in style, the midfielder has been able to carry that fine form into the current campaign. Back-to-back promotions could be on the cards for the Canaries, and Hoolahan would not look out of place in the Premier League. A midfielder with a keen eye for goal, the 28-year-old signed a new long-term contract at Carrow Road in January.
Another man to have recently put pen to paper on a new deal is Leicester skipper King. The Foxes have rewarded the Wales international with fresh terms after seeing him become one of the Championship's most potent creative weapons. Still only 22, King appears to be on his way to the top and will hope to make that step up with the Foxes. A born leader who has excelled under Sven-Goran Eriksson's tutelage, King has bagged himself 15 goals in all competitions this season.
If you had to pick a fault with Swansea over recent years, you would say that a lack of goals has held them back somewhat. The Swans have, however, addressed that issue this season with the acquisition of Sinclair. Never given a fair crack of the whip at Chelsea, the winger has finally put down roots following numerous loan spells. Stability has brought the best out of him, with a return of 17 goals from the flank seeing him handily placed among the Championship's top scorers.
The man who currently leads the second tier scoring charts is Watford forward Graham. He has plundered 24 league goals this season, with his strike rate better than a goal every other game. The 2010/11 campaign has been the most productive of his career, with the 20-goal barrier broken for the first time. His efforts have not been enough to see the Hornets into the promotion-chasing pack, but there is the promise of much more to come from them next term.
The second Norwich player to make the cut and the second Canaries star to have stepped up from the League One Team of the Year into the Championship elect. Holt has scored over 50 goals for Norwich in a little under two seasons. He bagged 30 in all competitions last year and is closing in on a similar figure this time around. He is playing the best football of his career at the age of 30 and will be hoping, as captain, to lead Paul Lambert's side back to the Promised Land.