Newly promoted Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion dominate this season’s Championship team of the year but there’s one selection that has got everyone talking.
As the norm the eleven players are deployed inside a 4-4-2 shape, with Chris Hughton’s side having the most players represented (four) and the most prominent selection being 16-year-old Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon, who is the first professional footballer in England to have been born in the 2000s to score a league goal.
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A central midfielder by trade Shelvey has been shunted out-wide on the left flank, a position he’s never played throughout a nine-year playing career.
He has, though played six times as a left-sided midfield player, but never for the Magpies.
In fact, across his 39 league matches for Newcastle this season, he’s exclusively played in central midfield where he’s notched five goals and created a further nine.
Naturally, it’s caused furore, with some questioning whoever compiled the XI has been watching the 25-year-old play this season, whilst others suggesting moving Shelvey into his favoured position.
Here is how fans reacted to Shelvey’s inclusion: