City chief hails Wilder pick but takes issue with Championship team-of-the-season

Teemu Pukki and Max Aarons have been nominated for team and individual accolades Picture: Paul Chest

Teemu Pukki and Max Aarons have been nominated for team and individual accolades Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke is happy for Chris Wilder to manage the Championship team-of-the-season - but the Sheffield United boss should have 11 Norwich City players in his side.

Max Aarons, Teemu Pukki and Jamal Lewis were included in the Championship select side, picked by all the managers in the second tier, with Wilder pipping Farke to the honour of leading them.

“I am totally happy for Chris,” he said. “You know my attitude. Quality is defined over a long term period and that is exactly what he has done. I think he is doing a fantastic job. Not just for a few weeks but for months.

“He deserves the plaudits. Yes, he has got his team in a good position, like we have, but there are several managers doing a fantastic job in this league and they deserve some credit.

“If I could choose the team of the season I would choose my whole team, but I was not allowed. I am delighted for all the lads who were nominated. Without any doubt they deserve the spotlight. But we don’t just have three good Norwich players, or even 11.

“I would name many more. To be nominated for this team you deserve it.”

England youth international Aarons has also been shortlisted for the Football League’s young player of the season, which will be announced at the EFL awards bash in London on April 7.

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Pukki’s prolific goalscoring stint since arriving on a free transfer sees him in the running for the Championship player of the season. The Norwich City hitman has plundered 24 league goals but failed to add to his tally in three games prior to the international break or two Euro 2020 qualifiers for Finland.

“I am delighted for Teemu. He deserves all the compliments and the spotlight because he has been outstanding,” said Farke. “It is also important he keeps in mind what has brought him into this position.

“The most important thing was his hard work. He doesn’t care so much about himself or his individual record but to work for this group and lads. You only shine as an individual if you are successful as a team. Even if he did not score in the last eight league games but we are successful as a team I am pretty sure he will be happy.

“Perhaps he is the poster boy of our success but he is so modest he can handle all these compliments.

“There is no concern he has not scored in the last few games. During this period he was also delivering with assists.

“Think about Rotherham and the last game for the national side his assist was outstanding. You can’t score every game but you can deliver with good performances.”