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League One - Football: Team of the Season

Sunderland's play-off final victory against Wycombe on Saturday brought the curtain down on what was another hugely exciting year of football in the third tier.

 

Here is our League One team of the season.

GK - Mike Cooper - Plymouth Argyle

The young goalkeeper has made a real name for himself this season after starring in Plymouth's near push to the playoffs. He made more saves than any other keeper in the division and Plymouth's good defensive record can be put in part down to him. There is already rumoured interest from clubs higher up the ladder.

RB - Wes Burns - Ipswich Town

The Welshman has played as a wing-back for much of the season and has shone since moving from Fleetwood. He grabbed 12 goals in 37 games and his pace and directness caused big problems to his opponents. Expect him to shine again next season in Kieran McKenna's first full year in charge where the Tractor Boys can be backed at 6/1 to win the title.

CB - Jack Whatmough - Wigan Athletic

Perhaps a contender for signing of the season as well, Whatmough has been outstanding for Wigan as they ended up winning the division on the final day of the season. Whatmough is a classic modern centre-back and is very comfortable on the ball - allowing Leam Richardson's men to play out from the back. He played every game in League One and will be a big part of their Championship squad.

CB - Michael Ihiekwe - Rotherham United

Given Rotherham had by far the best defensive record of the season at just 33 goals conceding, it would be remiss not to include one of their defenders. Ihiekwe has been a colossus for the Millers this campaign as they bounced back to the Championship once again. Ihiekwe was a virtual ever-present in the side and scored five goals across all competitions.

LB - Joe Jacobson - Wycombe Wanderers

Jacobson narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Championship but the experienced defender had another stellar year for Wycombe. The Welshman contributed three goals this season and was excellent defensively with 162 tackles and interceptions - the fourth-highest total for any defender in the league.

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CM - Dan Barlaser - Rotherham United

Barlaser had a fabulous campaign in midfield for Rotherham and helped supplement the goals of centre-forward Michale Smith. He scored nine from midfield across all competition which far outstripped his previous best yearly total of three and now the challenge for the former Newcastle United academy product will be to try and replicate that in the second tier.

CM - Barry Bannan - Sheffield Wednesday

The Scotland international has long been heralded as a player with excellent technical qualities and he certainly showcased them for Wednesday this season. He has looked very comfortable at League One level and Darren Moore has given him licence to dictate the tempo of games in midfield. He scored nine goals, including the spectacular strike away to MK Dons over the Easter weekend when he thumped one in from nearly the halfway line.

CM - Elliot Embleton - Sunderland

One of the most technically gifted players in the division, Embleton has been a quality player for the Wearsiders this season and he popped up with a massive goal in the playoff final as his speculative strike beat David Stockdale to go 1-0 up. Nicknamed the "League One Cazorla" because of his proficiency at using both feet, the Sunderland academy star scored eight goals this season.

ST - Scott Twine - Milton Keynes Dons

Twine has been a revelation for the Dons so much so that he was named by the EFL as the Player of the Year in League One. Signed on a free transfer from Swindon in the summer (though having to pay compensation due to being under the age of 24), Twine has scored 20 goals and popped up with 13 assists. No other player has scored as many goals from outside the box too, showing he has a penchant for the spectacular.

ST - Ross Stewart - Sunderland

Stewart, like his team mate Embleton above, scored a goal for Sunderland in the playoff final so his stock will rise among Sunderland fans. The "Loch Ness Drogba" has scored 26 goals this season and has led the line excellently for the Black Cats. His big presence up front allows others to run off him and that is partly why Sunderland's season has been so successful. Sunderland are available at 20/1 to win the Championship next season for successive promotions.

ST - Will Keane - Wigan Athletic

By far and away the best goalscoring season of his career, Keane has finally found a club he can call home. A former Manchester United academy player, Keane has always had the talent but injuries have meant the 28-year-old's career has bloomed late. He has been an excellent link man for Wigan and his ability to combine with the likes of Callum Lang has fired Wigan to promotion with some excellent attacking football. The Latics can be backed at 40/1 to win the Championship next season.

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