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Peach’s Picks: My Championship Team of the Month – August

Justin Peach of the Second Tier Podcast picks his first Team of the Month after the Championship's return in August...

Justin Peach

It’s been a captivating month with some eye catching moments, managerial controversies and a passive aggressive Steve Morison. 

Alex Neil walking out on Sunderland, Oscar Estupinan scoring the most unorthodox hat-trick so far and of course, Preston trying the impossible of not conceding a single goal this season.

Enough of the chit chat though. We’re here for the Team of the Month for August.

Here’s a selection of players who have stood out this month in their respective teams and why…

Matt Ingram

Ingram has been outstanding so far this season.

Statistically speaking, he’s been the busiest keeper in the Championship, making the most saves in the division whilst putting in a string of impressive performances.

He’s a key factor as to why Hull aren’t below 11th, having made a number of match winning saves, with the 2-1 over Norwich springing to mind.

James Bree

The former Barnsley and Aston Villa man has put in a series of solid and consistent performances in Luton’s sluggish start to the season.

His delivery has been on point, as well as averaging two chance-creating passes per game. He would have more than one assist to his name if it was for his forwards underperforming in the early round of games.

Better yet, he’s an even more solid defender, winning 2.3 tackles per game so far this season and once again being a key cog to the Nathan Jones regime.

Anel Ahmedhodzic

Coup. What else can you say?

He’s been the best centre back this season and has been a huge upgrade to an already stern defence.

Composed with the ball, reads the game well and has three goals to his name, Ahmedhodzic could well be one of the signings of the season should he maintain his form for the Blades.

Liam Lindsay

Ironically, his former club Stoke are in desperate need of a left footed defender.

The ex-Barnsley defender has been key to a Preston side that is yet to concede a goal this season. His ability to read the game is exampled by his 1.9 interceptions per game showing that Lowe has taken his game to another level.

Robbie Brady

Brady’s left foot is a wand and at left wing-back, he could easily pick up double figure assists based purely on his crossing numbers.

Preston drawing blanks is not entirely down to a lack of supply, and considering Brady whips in an average of 2.3 accurate crosses per game, he needs a forward to put them away.

QPR 2021

Chris Willock

There’s no hangover for QPR and Willock with the former Benfica and Arsenal man is thriving under Mick Beale.

A 4-2-3-1 that gets the very best out of its talented attack, Willock has excelled, scoring four and is proving why he’s one of the best wingers in the division.

His ability to roam from the left has given QPR an edge on their opponents with several sides falling victim to his individual quality already.

Dan Barlaser

Composed in possession and all action out of it, Barlaser has been exceptional for Rotherham in what has been a solid start for the Millers.

Collecting four assists, while laying on an average of 2.7 chance-creating passes per game is a bright start for a midfielder who could well fetch a significant fee if his performances continue.

With his stats in possession thriving, a few teams could well be in for him come the winter window.

Josh Brownhill

One player that wasn’t expected to thrive in a possession-based system was Brownhill.

A typical number eight who was become more robust under Sean Dyche’s tutelage has been key for the Clarets this season.

With clever positioning in and around the box, high energy displays and four goals (four worldies), opposition sides have struggled to get a hold of the former Bristol City man.

Jack Clarke

Clarke has surprised almost everyone with how well he’s started the season.

He’s a player who seemingly lost his way after signing for Spurs from Leeds but has rekindled that early-career form that had previously evaded him.

His growing confidence is demonstrated by his brilliant individual goal against Rotherham, whilst picking up his second and third assist of the season in the same game.

Ross Stewart

The Loch Ness Drogba is thriving at Championship level with Stewart picking up five goals so far.

His link up play with Jack Clarke is almost telepathic in addition to striking up a dangerous partnership with loan striker Ellis Simms.

Not only that, he’s a constant threat and provides his team with an outlet in the channels and aerially, winning an average of four headers per game.

Headers, neat finishes, poaching. He’s a number nine who has so far scored all types of goals this season while his work rate without the ball has to be recognised and praised also.

Joao Pedro

Perhaps one of the most standout players so far this season, Pedro has been outrageously good.

So good in fact that it’s almost cheating. One player should not have this much ability.

So far Pedro has led the way in terms of individual ability, averaging 1.8 chance creating passes and 3.8 completed dribbles.

This is even more impressive when you consider how disrupted the start to the season has been with transfer speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s future at Watford.

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