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3 other Sheffield United players who should have been in PFA team of the year
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3 other Sheffield United players who should have been in PFA team of the year

Billy Sharp and Oliver Norwood are the Sheffield United representatives in the PFA team of the year.

Leaders Norwich City and Leeds United have the most players with three apiece. Meanwhile, Aston Villa have two and Middlesbrough one.

Here is the team in full:

Darren Randolph, Boro

Max Aarons, Norwich

Pontus Jansson, Leeds

Liam Cooper, Leeds

Jamal Lewis, Norwich

Oliver Norwood, Sheff Utd

Pablo Hernandez, Leeds

Jack Grealish, Villa

Teemu Pukki, Norwich

Tammy Abraham, Villa

Billy Sharp, Sheff Utd

This is not to be confused with the EFL team of the year, despite many of the same names featuring. The PFA nominations are voted for by the players.

Norwood and Sharp were both in the EFL version as well. In fact there are only four differences in total, with Wigan Athletic defender Reece James. Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, Jarrod Bowen of Hull City and Birmingham City striker Che Adams included. Jansson, Hernandez, Grealish and Abraham were not.

Yet which other Blades deserved to be named?

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Other contenders

Lets start at the back. At the time of voting Boro had the best defensive record in the Championship. Therefore it is easy to see why Randolph got the nod.

However, Dean Henderson has now kept more clean sheets than his Irish rival. In fact his 20 clean sheets this season is the most in the entire division.

The goalkeeper has been a revelation at Bramall Lane since arriving on loan from Manchester United. If United are promoted to the Premier League, manager Chris Wilder will surely be trying to re-sign him.

Staying in defence, Jack O’Connell has been a stalwart for the Blades. Leeds may have both centre-backs in this team, but their Yorkshire rivals have conceded seven fewer league goals with 39 – the joint lowest in the Championship.

O’Connell also played made his 100th consecutive league start this season before a hamstring injury slightly hampered him.

Finally, Enda Stevens has not only been part of that brilliant defence, but is also crucial in attack. The left-back has six assists this term. No other defender in the division has more. Stevens also has three goals.

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