The 16 best players in the Championship this season - including five Sheffield United stars, Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Rotherham United, Watford players and Leeds United loanee
The Blades player has an average rating of 7.47 this season from WhoScored. The statistics website calculates match ratings live using a “comprehensive statistical algorithm” which looks at how each player impacts a game to give an overall match ratings.
Sheffield United have five players in the top 10 highest-rated players this season – with Norwood and four of teammates all featuring in the top nine. Here we run through every player who is rated in the top 16 by WhoScored this season – and it includes a Huddersfield defender, Rotherham United’s goalkeeper and a Leeds United loanee.
Best performing Championship players this season
Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – 7.47: Has been one of Sheffield United's stand-out players this campaign. He averages just under 64 passes a game with a pass accuracy of 80 per cent. Also has five goal contributions with two goals and three assists.
Josh Brownhill (Burnley) – 7.44: The Burnley man has been involved in a quarter of his sides goals with five goals and five assists in the Championship to help his side sit three points clear of second-placed Sheffield United and a further five points ahead of Blackburn in third.
Joao Pedro (Watford) – 7.35: With six goals and two assists to his name, the Watford striker is rated as the best Hornets player this term.
Oli McBurnie (Sheffield United) – 7.33: The Sheffield United striker is a man rejuvenated this season. He has nine goals and one assist to his name. He has averaged a goal every 117 minutes - the most efficient return from any player to have netted five or more goals in the Championship.
Anel Ahmedhodzic (Sheffield United) – 7.26: The central defender has been a revelation for Sheffield United this season. He averages two tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 2.7 clearances a game and also has four goals and two assists going forward.
Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United) – 7.21: Has been in remarkable form for the Blades this season and earned a call-up to the World Cup in Qatar with Senegal. He has nine goals and two assists in the Championship and averages two key passes a game.
Tom Lockyer (Luton Town) – 7.19: The Luton defender has averaged over five clearances a game this season, along with 1.6 tackles and 1.8 interceptions. Solid.
Jordan Storey (Preston North End) – 7.18: The Preston defender has two goals for his side this season while he has an average of 4.8 aerial duels won. He also makes 2.4 interceptions and 4.1 clearances on average.
Sander Berge (Sheffield United) – 7.17: Has missed a handful of games through injury but is undoubtedly one of the Blades’ most important players. He has three goals an three assists in 12 games.
Ilias Chair (QPR) – 7.17: The QPR midfielder has six assists in the second tier this term - no other player has more although four other players have also provided six goals for their teammates this campaign. Chair has also claimed three goals and created a remarkable 58 chances - more than any other player.
Michal Helik (Huddersfield Town) – 7.16: The Terriers centre-back makes the cut having joined the club on transfer deadline day. He has one goal and one assist as Huddersfield sit bottom of the Championship. He averages 2.5 tackles per game, along with 1.8 interceptions and 1.8 clearances.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Burnley) – 7.15: The defender has an average of 1.9 interceptions and 3.4 clearances per game. Also has three goal contributions with one goal and two assists.
Josh Sargent (Norwich City) – 7.12: The 22-year-old is in Qatar with the United States squad after nine goals and two assists for Norwich in the Championship this season.
Chris Willock (QPR) – 7.11: The 24-year-old has six goals and one assist in the Championship this season. Has only taken 15 shots to give him an impressive conversion rate of 40%.
Viktor Johansson (Rotherham United) – 7.09: The only goalkeeper in the top 20. He has made 87 saves in the Championship this season - and has the best save percentage in the division as 78.8 per cent of shots on target against the Millers have been kept out.
Charlie Cresswell (Millwall) – 7.08: Has been in and out of the team at Millwall but the Leeds United loanee has re-established his place in the side after playing in the club’s last five games. Scored in the 4-2 win at Preston to take his goal tally to the season to four.