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Thread: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

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    The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    just reading Peter Whittingham stats

    Played almost 400 games Peter Whittingham averaged a goal or an assist every 2.5 Championship games

    Geez that's some consistency over a long period of time

    I can't think of anyone else that comes anywhere near that consistency can you ?

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    The only player who comes to mind is Billy Sharp - although he wouldn't challenge Whitts for the title of 'the best ever'.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Bellamy played for us in the Championship, his record suggests that he was a much better player than Whitts. Not a long time Championship player but one of the best to grace the division. Many other top players have appeared in the division too. Perhaps the title of the thread should have included ‘over x amount of seasons’.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Probably Jude Bellingham

    or

    Harry Kane

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    the best single season by a player that I can remember was Adel taarabt, at the age of like 21.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    There's a difference between best player to play in the Championship or best Championship player.

    Whittingham must be very close to the top of the second part of that statement. If not top.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    It would be interesting to see Whitts stats before and after his season with us in the PL.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    Bellamy played for us in the Championship, his record suggests that he was a much better player than Whitts. Not a long time Championship player but one of the best to grace the division. Many other top players have appeared in the division too. Perhaps the title of the thread should have included ‘over x amount of seasons’.
    Agree with that. Much as I like Bellamy, I think Rooney may be a stronger call for 'best player' who played in the Championship - if we are talking about their whole careers - not just the time they were in our league.

    But I didn't pay much attention to the threat title. Mozzer made clear what he was getting at ('consistency over a long period of time') in the body of the post.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Mr Beckham

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Mr Beckham
    I had to look that up. Preston (loan) in 1995 - for 5 games.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jon1959 View Post
    I had to look that up. Preston (loan) in 1995 - for 5 games.

    As Splotty pointed out, the “heading/title is miss leading”

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    I can think of a player who played for England 21 times, won the Football League Championship twice, the FA Cup, the Football League Cup, and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He played 45 games for a Championship team in one season helping them win promotion.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Bale played 40 odd games for Southampton in tne championship.

    But if you’re talking about playing their best when they were in the championship- maybe Steve Bull - albeit not called the championship at the time

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by PhyllisStant View Post
    Bale played 40 odd games for Southampton in tne championship.

    But if you’re talking about playing their best when they were in the championship- maybe Steve Bull - albeit not called the championship at the time
    In that case, I give you John Charles.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    It depends on if they had a long term impact and were established Championship pkayers if so Whitts is up there as one of the very best (He was quality) If he had pace he'd have made it big time at Villa

    The likes of Kane ,Bellingham , Bale , Bellars , Komas had cameo appearances.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    It depends on if they had a long term impact and were established Championship pkayers if so Whitts is up there as one of the very best (He was quality) If he had pace he'd have made it big time at Villa

    The likes of Kane ,Bellingham , Bale , Bellars , Komas had cameo appearances.
    Imagine him with pace, he would have been a top top player, his finishing and range of passing was exceptional.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    In that case, I give you John Charles.
    I didn’t mean playing their best in the second tier but appearing in it

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    In that case, I give you John Charles.
    Didn’t George Best and Bobby Moore play for Fulham at this level ?

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jon1959 View Post
    I had to look that up. Preston (loan) in 1995 - for 5 games.
    Preston were in the Third Division (the fourth tier) when Beckham was on loan there.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Didn’t George Best and Bobby Moore play for Fulham at this level ?
    Yup. Rodney Marsh too. '75 wasn't it?

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclops View Post
    I can think of a player who played for England 21 times, won the Football League Championship twice, the FA Cup, the Football League Cup, and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He played 45 games for a Championship team in one season helping them win promotion.
    Merson

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    This thread has gone daft. People mentioning players who were either at the start of their career or at the end of it, they were never 'Championship players' in the same way Lee Peltier was never a Premier League player.

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Bellamy was ultimately perhaps a slight let down, but what a signing, and esp at the start I thought he was brilliant. Used to love how he drew players out.

    That 4-0 Doncaster game is perhaps in my top 10 City games, as I thought the world was our oyster

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    Re: The Best Player to ever play in the Championship ?

    Do you mean the Doncaster James?

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