Former Queens Park Rangers, Eberechi Eze, Brice Samba, and Said Benrahma are the only Africans in the PFA Championship Team of the Year dominated by Leeds United.
Eze was named in a three-man midfield that parades Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and West Bromwich Albion’s Romaine Sawyers.
Although the Superhoops finished in distant 13th on the log having accrued 58 points from 46 encounters, the Anglo-Nigerian put up notable performances that saw him account for 13 goals and eight assists.
That saw three awards tumbled for the 22-year-old during QPR’s end-of-season awards. He scooped the Ray Jones Players’ Player of the Year, Junior Hoops Player of the Year, as well as QPR’s Supporters’ Player of the Year.
Ultimately, that earned him a five-year deal with Premier League giants Crystal Palace plus a call-up to England’s U21 squad.
Brentford winger Benrahma joins teammate Olli Watkins and Fulham player Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Algeria international was one of the best performing players for the Bees as they reached the final of the play-off last season.
The 25-year-old bagged 17 goals with nine assists in 43 league games – which included two hat-tricks against Hull City and Wigan Athletic. He was also crowned Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year and has also been linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea.
Samba is the only Nottingham Forest player in the selection. Aside from playing in all 40 league games, the Republic of Congo goalkeeper who joined City Ground from Caen in 2019 put up several strong displays, nevertheless, the Reds stuttered in their ambition to earn a Premier League berth.
He took to social media to express his delight following his selection by the Professional Footballers’ Association.
“Very honoured to be part of this team for my very first season in England. We go for more,” the 26-year-old tweeted.