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OF THE three men vy­ing to be named Cham­pi­onship player of the year, I’d ar­gue only two de­serve their place.

Though the award is skewed to­wards strik­ers, it is im­pos­si­ble to con­test the in­clu­sion of Chris Wood.

Leeds’ big striker has sin­gle-hand­edly shoul­dered the goal-scor­ing bur­den this sea­son, net­ting an in­cred­i­ble 50 per cent of his side’s tally.

Ev­ery week, the Kiwi takes to the field know­ing he is per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for de­liv­er­ing three points. To have per­formed so con­sis­tently un­der that kind of pres­sure is quite a feat.

Much the same can be said of Brighton’s An­thony Knock­aert. In a tal­ented, tough but ul­ti­mately func­tional side, the French­man pro­vides a weekly burst of in­spi­ra­tion and wiz­ardry.

The man who once kept Riyad Mahrez out of the Le­ices­ter team con­sis­tently de­liv­ers.

And so we come to Dwight Gayle. With 21 goals in 25 games, the striker has had a stel­lar,if in­jury-hit, cam­paign.

But is he as in­flu­en­tial as Knock­aert or Wood? Most New­cas­tle fans would ar­gue he hasn’t even been as in­stru­men­tal as Jonjo Shelvey, his own team-mate.

Which is why my fi­nal spot would go to Aaron Mooy. With­out the Aussie’s silky touch and ef­fort­less grace set­ting the tempo in mid­field, the Ter­ri­ers wouldn’t be half the side.

It would be a crime against foot­ball if Mooy isn’t play­ing in the Premier League next year. He is my player of the year.

SILKY: Aaron Mooy

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