Championship Team of the Month for December

We take look back at the top performers from the Championship in December, with seven clubs represented in’s Team of the Month.

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – 7.28 rating

Not for the first time, Begovic makes the Championship team of the month in the 2020/21 season. Only Brice Samba (26) made more saves than the Bosnian (25) in December, while he also has five clean sheets from seven outings.

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Right-back: Nathan Byrne (Derby) – 7.45 rating

The first of four Derby representatives is right-back Byrne. Of the 19 points the Rams have accumulated this season, 12 were earned in December as Derby conceded fewer goals (2) than any other team.

Centre-back: Matthew Clarke (Derby) – 7.41 rating

Joining Byrne at the back is centre-back Clarke, who has been a key man in Derby’s resurgence under Rooney. Clarke reinforced a style of play of ‘clears the ball out of defence often’ with his 38 clearances one of the better returns in the Championship last month.


Centre-back: Michal Helik (Barnsley) – 7.46 rating

Helik earned his two man-of-the-match awards of the season in December, those coming in wins over Preston and Huddersfield, scoring twice in the victory over the latter. 30 tackles and interceptions combined was a solid return for Helik.

Left-back: Morgan Fox (Stoke) – 7.25 rating

Two of the three assists Fox has registered this season came in December, with the pair of assists coming from seven key passes. The Welshman also exhibited a strength of ‘tackling’, making 14 in December.

Right midfield: Emiliano Buendia (Norwich) – 7.72 rating

With a rating of 7.72, Buendia is the Championship player of the month. The Argentine made more key passes (24) than any other player in England’s second tier and earned the man-of-the-match award in four of his eight league outings. Only Ivan Toney (7) had a direct hand in more goals than Buendia (6) who excelled once more to land the award.

Central midfield: Krystian Bielik (Derby) – 7.56 rating

Bielik excelled in midfield, earning the man of the match in meetings with Brentford and Birmingham, scoring his first league goal of 2020/21 in the win over the latter.

Central midfield: Glen Rea (Luton) – 7.33 rating

Rea impressed when out of possession for the Hatters, making 38 tackles and interceptions combined in December; only Vitaly Janelt (43) made more last month.

Left midfield: Sergi Canos (Brentford) – 7.37 rating

Canos has struggled for regular game time for Brentford this season, but became the first player to earn a perfect 10 rating in a league match in 2020/21, achieving the feat in the Bees’ 3-2 win at Cardiff on Boxing Day. Like Buendia, Canos had a direct hand in six goals in all in December.

Striker: Ivan Toney (Brentford) – 7.33 rating

Toney had a direct hand in more goals (7 – 4 goals, 3 assists) than any other Championship player in December. In all, Toney scored or provided an assist in six of his eight league outings last month.

Striker: Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby) – 7.24 rating

Experienced striker Kazim-Richards rounds off the Derby quartet and the team of the month. The 34-year-old joined the Rams back in October and has established himself as a vital component in Rooney’s side. The Rams netted just eight league goals last month, with Kazim-Richards netting three of those.

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