Here's our top line-up of the campaign in what has been a memorable 2018-19. A number of readers will beg to differ, for sure, but this is our take. Email [email protected] your alternative suggestions. Line-up in a 3-4-3 formation.
Adam Davies (Barnsley).
A formidable last line of defence and produced a captain's knock to help Barnsley to a record number of points and clean sheets in a season.
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Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday).
Enjoyed a renaissance season at Hillsborough, far removed from his experiences at the KCOM Stadium and how Wednesdayites would love to see the Chelsea defender return for a second 'gig'.
Ethan Pinnock (Barnsley)
Imperious in the air, solid in the tackle, with a yard of pace and a formidable adversary, Pinnock comfortably cracked League One and was a 'shoo-in' for the PFA Team of the Year. The smart money is on the big Londoner going onto bigger and better things, hopefully with Barnsley.
Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).
A cult hero down at the Lane and redoubtable on the field. As left-sided defenders go, O'Connell has few peers in the EFL. Assertive in his defensive duties, comfortable on the ball.
Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United).
Different class and has produced a very passable impersonation of Gordon Strachan's majestic midfield promptings of 1989-90. Has dragged Leeds up by the bootstraps on occasions and produced some magical performances. A talismanic leader.
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).
No-one perhaps encapsulates the 'Bielsa Revolution' more than Phillips, who has reinvented himself as an accomplished defensive midfielder of some repute - and one with few peers in the Championship. From minute one, Phillips has oiled Leeds's wheels and his high-velocity performances.
Ollie Norwood (Sheffield United).
Somewhat of a good luck charm in the promotion stakes - and how Norwood has conducted the Blades orchestra beautifully with some compelling and authoritative midfield performances. A joy to watch.
Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).
While form is temporary, class is permanent.
Mowatt has showcased the verve, acumen and wand of a left-foot which marked him out as a force in the making in his early days at Elland Road. A league ever-present in the Reds engine room.
John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).
Rovers' leader of the pack and his determination, heart and goalscoring abilities have come to the fore late again in another masterful season. Twenty-five goals so far this season is testament to his importance, leadership and stature.
Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).
In a season of magnificent contributions from those in red and white, Sharp's is right at the very top. His predatory nous, force of personality, spirit and desire to do his bit to take his beloved Blades to the top-flight has been unquenchable.
Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).
Swept the board at the Tigers' end-of-season awards 'do' - and deservedly so.
A joy to watch in 2018-19, with a remarkable haul of 22 goals from the right wing representing figures that a truly astounding. Young, hungry and gifted.n.
Chris Wilder (Sheffield United).
Strong competition from the likes of Stendel, Bielsa and McCann, but Wilder gets the nod.