Tammy Abraham’s (expectedly) stellar year in the Championship is drawing to a close. And while the Chelsea loanee probably will miss the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury, he should be back in time for Aston Villa’s playoff push, where they will hope to do one better than last season’s loss in at Wembley in the final against Fulham.
In the meantime, Abraham’s collecting some individual recognition. Yesterday, he was named in the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year (i.e. voted on by the other players). As the division’s second leading goalscorer with 25 goals (in 37 appearances), it’s an award that was expected but no less deserved.
The PFA Championship Team of the Year!#PFAawards | #TOTY pic.twitter.com/foF9ZJ5jJH— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 24, 2019
In case you don’t have the eyes of an eagle to see that tiny graphic from the PFA, the full Team of the Year is as follows:
Darren Randolph (Middlesborough) | Jamal Lewis (Norwich), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Liam Cooper (Leeds), Max Aarons (Norwich) | Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United), Pablo Hernandez (Leeds) | Teemu Pukki (Norwich), Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)
The team is dominated by players from the top three teams in the league, with Randolph in goal and the Villa duo of Tammy and Grealish the only exceptions. That means there’s also no room for Reece James from lowly Wigan, even though he’s become a consensus pick as one of the most impressive young players in the Championship this season.
Oh well, these sorts of awards are generally quite silly and are only meaningful if you get the recognition (i.e. missing out on it is not a big deal). So, congrats, Tammy! Let’s get you back to Chelsea for next season (again) and see what you can do (this time for real)!