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Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season 2018/19: Jack Grealish, Reece James, Emiliano Buendia feature

Image: Jack Grealish, Emiliano Buendia, and Lukas Jutkiewicz are all in the WhoScored Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season

With the regular Championship season over and the playoffs looming, take a look at their team of the season.

Another entertaining season of football is coming to an end - and here is the Championship Team of the Season's Championship Best XI
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Goalkeeper: Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) - 6.77 rating

Kick-starting this XI is Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who returned a rating of 6.77 this season. The 32-year-old's final appearance of the campaign came in a man-of-the-match display at QPR; and having kept the fourth most clean sheets (15), made the third most saves (140), and the second most successful high ball claims (34) this season, the Romanian warrants his spot in this XI.

Right-back: Reece James (Wigan) - 7.10 rating

Wigan's Reece James celebrates scoring his side's goal against Norwich

Chelsea fans will be delighted to see Reece James make the grade in this XI after a splendid loan stint with Wigan Athletic, where he achieved a rating of 7.10. The 19-year-old impressed at right-back, and was solid when called upon in midfield, as he won the joint-third most man of the match awards (7). Only one player made more crosses from open play than the teenager (45), which reinforces a strength of 'crossing' and secures his place in the team of the season.

Centre-back: Liam Cooper (Leeds) - 7.30 rating

Leeds captain Liam Cooper

Leeds ended the season poorly, and they'll need to up their game for the playoffs. However, Liam Cooper did enough over the season to earn his place in the Championship best XI, with a rating of 7.30. The 27-year-old averaged more passes per game (67.6) than any other defender in the Championship this season, while averages of four accurate long balls, 3.9 clearances, and 2.4 interceptions per game was enough to land his notable rating.

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Centre-back: Adam Webster (Bristol City) - 7.30 rating

While Leeds did enough to get over the play-off line, Bristol City missed out by just four points. That said, it was a fine campaign for Robins centre-back Adam Webster, who partners Cooper at the heart of the defence. The 24-year-old ranked second for interceptions (91) and third for forward passes (1232) in the Championship this season as his ability to read the game and set Bristol on the front foot going forward shone through, and, like Cooper, earned him a rating of 7.30.

Left-back: Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham) - 7.09 rating

Kristian Pedersen missed Birmingham's win over Stoke through injury

Rounding off the defence is Birmingham City's Kristian Pedersen, who returned a rating of 7.09. The Dane made more interceptions (105) than any other player in the Championship this season to reinforce a statistically calculated strength of 'ball interception', as the 24-year-old - despite Birmingham's disappointing season - impressed in defence for Garry Monk's side.

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Right midfield: Emiliano Buendia (Norwich) - 7.40 rating

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates his opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Brentford at Carrow Road stadium on October 27, 2018 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

What a signing Emiliano Beundia proved to be for Norwich. In his debut season in England, the Argentine netted eight goals and registered 12 assists - only Brentford's Said Benrahma (14) had more of the latter - to return a rating of 7.40. In addition, Buendia ranked third for accurate through balls (7) and key passes (91) as the Canaries were promoted to the Premier League as champions.

Central midfield: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) - 7.44 rating

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish celebrates after scoring the winner against Birmingham.

One way or another, it's likely that Jack Grealish will be playing Premier League football next season. Aston Villa's 10-match winning run - a club record - pushed Villa to a fifth-placed finish, with Grealish central to their play-off finish. Indeed, Villa's win ratio dropped from 54.8% to 20% when the 23-year-old did not start, further highlighting his importance to the Villans, as six goals and six assists contributed to his rating of 7.44.

Central midfield: Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) - 7.39 rating

Partnering Jack Grealish in midfield is Sheffield United's Oliver Norwood, who scored a rating of 7.39 in the Blades' successful promotion season. Norwood was the heartbeat of the United midfield as he ranked second for key passes (97) and third for accurate passes (2450) in the Championship this season. Three goals and eight assists - with seven man of the match awards to boot - helped Norwood secure his place in the team.

Left midfield: Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) - 7.37 rating

Joe Lolley celebrates scoring during Nottingham Forest's match vs Wigan on January 26, 2019

Joe Lolley was one of only four players to register double figures for both goals (11) and assists (11) in the Championship this season - guaranteeing his place on the left of this XI by returning a rating of 7.37. When in possession, Lolley was difficult to stop, as he completed more dribbles (110) than any other player in England's second tier this term to reinforce a statistically calculated strength of 'dribbling'.

Striker: Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) - 7.32 rating

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The second Aston Villa player to make the cut, Tammy Abraham missed the final weeks of the season through injury, but his form prior to his absence saw him secure a rating of 7.32. Abraham enjoyed another prolific Championship season with the Villans as he scored 25 and registered three assists for Dean Smith's side. The Villa boss will be hoping the 21-year-old can fully recover from injury in time for the play-offs.

Striker: Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham) - 7.72 rating

Lukas Jutkiewicz of Birmingham City tackles Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The second Birmingham player to feature - ensuring an all-Midlands frontline - is striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, whose rating (7.72) was better than any other player in the Championship this season. Like Lolley, Jutkiewicz too registered double figures for goals (14) and assists (10) as he impressed in the Blues' attack. He won more aerial duels (569) and won more man of the match awards (13) than any other player to round off this side.

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