EFL Championship Team of the Week gameweek 5 

The EFL Championship is often regarded as arguably the most competitive second-tier league in the world and the 2018-19 season has lived up to the expectations thus far, with Round 5 of the competition producing some scintillating performances for the fans to savour and admire.

Well, if selecting the Team of the Week in the Premier League is a difficult job, naming an elite eleven in any given week in the Championship is more tedious given the larger number of teams in action and the diversity of the players in the division. 

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However, after thinking long and hard and carefully analysing the impact of each player in detail, we have put together the EFL Championship Team of the Week for gameweek 5, assembled in a 3-4-3 formation.

Championship Team of the Week

Sam Johnstone (GK)

The West Brom stopper dived brilliantly to his left to keep out Martyn Waghorn’s penalty in the 1-1 draw against Derby County. Also, Johnstone made several crucial stops from open play and commanded his box really well. 

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Mike van der Hoorn (CB)

The towering Dutchman barely put a foot wrong and starred in Swansea City’s 3-0 victory over Birmingham City at the Liberty Stadium, putting in a solid shift at the back whilst also chipping in with a crucial intervention in the build-up to Bersant Celina’s goal.

Michael Morrison (CB)

The former Birmingham City man provided a sense of calmness and composure to Reading’s backline, executing a number of blocks and headed clearances, whilst also scoring a header in the 2-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town. 

Sean Morrison (CB)

Cardiff City were held to a goalless draw by Blackburn and though the going was tough for the forwards, Morrison made some crucial interventions at the back to bag the man-of-the-match award. 

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Stuart Dallas (RWB)

Dallas scored the opener for Leeds United with a composed finish after making a terrific run to get on the end of a perfect through ball from Pablo Hernandez. Additionally, he did quite a decent job at the back as well. 

Ezgjan Alioski (LWB)

The Macedonian showed plenty of energy down the flanks and scored Leeds’ second goal just after the interval, arriving at the far post to put away Patrick Bamford’s cross.

Apart from that, he was a constant threat in the attacking third and called the goalkeeper into action on a number of occasions in the Whites’ 3-0 victory away at Stoke City. 

Daniel Johnson (CM)

The man from Preston certainly deserves a place in the elite eleven of the week after scoring twice in his team’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at home.

Eberechi Eze (CM)

The exciting Nigerian attacking midfielder scored a precise free-kick and bagged the assist for Jordan Hugill’s goal in the second half, playing a key role in QPR’s 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at home. 

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Lewis Grabban (ST)

Grabban plundered two goals in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 victory over Fulham and the centre-forward completely outfoxed the opposition’s defence with his intelligence and natural ability inside the box. 

Benik Afobe (RW)

The Stoke City loanee proved his worth with a couple of well-taken goals, including a first-half penalty, to propel the Robins to a 3-1 victory over Hull City away from home. The DR Congo international’s brace helped Lee Johnson’s side finish gameweek 5 placed 4th in the standings. 

Patrick Bamford (LW)

Bamford’s return to form has perhaps been one of the major positives from Leeds United’s stellar unbeaten start to the season and the former Chelsea man scored once and set up another in the 3-0 victory over Stoke City.

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