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Four Brighton players in Championship team of the season

The EFL have revealed their team of the season for the Championship, and as many as four Brighton & Hove Albion players have made it into the team. Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has been selected as the manager of the season.

The Championship title race between Newcastle United, Brighton, and Huddersfield is expected to go down to the wire this season. Although the Magpies are currently leading the points table, it is Brighton who have the upper hand when it comes to the EFL’s Championship team of the season.

The EFL’s official website have announced the team of the season for each of the divisions, and Brighton have four representatives in the Championship’s lineup. The teams have been selected based on the votes of the regional media representatives, who had nominated 11 players and a manager, of each of the 72 clubs.

The 4-3-3 formation was used for the Championship’s team of the season, and Brighton’s custodian David Stockdale has been selected in the goal. The 31-year-old leads the clean sheets chart this season with 18 blanks in 37 appearances. He has his teammate Lewis Dunk in front of him in the team alongside Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson at the center of the defense.

Anthony Knockaert, who has scored 13 goals from the midfield for Brighton so far this season, features in a three-man midfield which also consists of Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey and Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy.

Up front, Chris Wood, who is the leading goalscorer in the Championship this season with 24 goals in 33 starts, features alongside Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United. Bristol City’s 19-year-old striker Tammy Abraham was perhaps unlucky to miss out on a place in the side with Brighton’s Glenn Murray being the more popular choice.

David Wagner, who took over at Huddersfield in November 2015 after the departure of Chris Powell, has been voted as the manager of the season. The 45-year-old brought in 13 new players in the summer, and after some intense pre-season training in Sweden, they were off to an unbeaten start. In September, Huddersfield were top of the league, however, they endured a poor run of results in the next two months. They have recovered since then, though and are currently third in the points table with a game in hand.

Championship team of the season:

Goalkeeper: David Stockdale (Brighton)

Right-back: Tommy Smith (Huddersfield)

Centre-back: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

Centre-back: Pontus Jansson (Leeds)

Left-back: Scott Malone (Fulham)

Midfield: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

Midfield: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)

Midfield: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)

Forward: Glenn Murray (Brighton)

Forward: Chris Wood (Leeds)

Forward: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle)

Manager: David Wagner (Huddersfield)

Newcastle winger wants to make Marseille move permanent

Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin, who moved back to his old club Marseille at the start of this season for his second loan spell at the French club, has expressed his desire to make a permanent move to the Stade Velodrome in the summer in an interview with RMC Sport.

The 24-year-old was signed by Newcastle United in the summer of 2015. Despite putting up an impressive performance in his first start for the club in the second round of the League Cup that season, Thauvin was loaned back to Marseille in January 2015 until the end of the season. The French club re-signed Thauvin for a second loan spell at the start of the 2016-17 season and this time, the Magpies inserted a clause in the contract which gave Marseille the option to make the deal permanent.

Back in November, the Express reported that Marseille have agreed to pay Newcastle £9.8million to make the move permanent in the summer of 2017. According to  predictions, the Frenchman went on to impress for the Ligue 1 club and even captained them for the first time in a Coupe de France match in January.

In an interview with RMC Sport, Thauvin has now confirmed that he will join Marseille permanently this summer. He said, “It was a loan with an automatic purchase. After three games I belonged to Marseille so it was almost a transfer.

“No doubt, I’ll be at Marseille next season.”

From Newcastle’s perspective, they will be facing a loss of nearly £2million on this transfer if the figure reported by the Express is to be considered. Thauvin was signed for a fee of £12million, according to a report by the BBC, from Marseille in 2015, and the French club are now signing back a more experienced footballer for a cheaper price.