Emiliano Buendia didn’t just catch the eye that night at Stoke City when he scored one, made another and got sent off.
He’s been the Championship’s star man so far this season, at least statistically, with six goals and six assists to add to five man of the match awards – and an increasingly long list of suitors from the Premier League.
So who else is in the running for second tier player of the year?
We have been checking out the ratings from WhoScored, who use piles of data from Opta to objectively rate each individual performance. Here is the top 10, for players who have made at least 15 appearances.
Top 10 players in the Championship 2020/21
Emiliano Buendia (Norwich City, midfielder) 7.57
Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City, striker) 7.57
Ivan Toney (Brentford, striker) 7.46
Lucas Joao (Reading, forward) 7.35
Ovie Ejaria (Reading, midfielder) 7.30
Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth, striker) 7.27
Sean Morrison (Cardiff, centre-back) 7.26
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn, forward) 7.24
Jake Cooper (Millwall, centre-back) 7.23
Andre Ayew (Swansea, forward) 7.22
Championship team of the season so far
WhoScored’s Championship team of 2020/21 (4-4-2): Begovic (Bournemouth); Dijksteel (Middlesbrough), Morrison (Cardiff), Cooper (Millwall), Richards (Reading); Buendia (Norwich), Powell (Stoke), Saville (Middlesbrough), Ejaria (Reading); Moore (Cardiff), Toney (Brentford).
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Each club’s player of the season so far
Stoke’s player of the season to this point, according to WhoScored, is 22-year-old centre-half Harry Souttar (7.22) – and there wouldn’t be many arguments that he wasn’t a serious contender for that title.
Souttar has returned from 18 months on loan at Fleetwood Town and taken the Championship in his stride.
He’s followed by Nick Powell (7.19) and Danny Batth (7.14) while Sam Clucas and James Chester are also rating higher than seven.
We have looked across the division to see who else is shining at each club heading to the half-way point of the season this weekend.
Barnsley: Michal Helik (centre-back) 7.16
Birmingham: Marc Roberts (centre-back) 7.06
Blackburn: Adam Armstrong (forward) 7.24
Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke (striker) 7.27
Brentford: Ivan Toney (striker) 7.46
Bristol City: Tomas Kalas (centre-back) 7.05
Cardiff: Kieffer Moore (striker) 7.57
Coventry: Gustavo Hamer (midfielder) 6.95
Derby: Matt Clarke (centre-back) 7.25
Huddersfield: Josh Koroma (winger) 7.05
Luton: Sonny Bradley (centre-back) 6.96
Middlesbrough: Dael Fry (defender) 7.15
Millwall: Jake Cooper (centre-back) 7.23
Norwich: Emiliano Buendia (midfielder) 7.57
Nottingham Forest: Cyrus Christie (defender) 6.90
Preston: Alan Browne (midfielder) 7.05
Queens Park Rangers: Robert Dickie (centre-back) 7.05
Reading: Lucas Joao (forward) 7.35
Rotherham: Michael Ihiekwe (centre-back) 6.89
Sheffield Wednesday: Barry Bannan (midfielder) 6.83
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Stoke: Harry Souttar (centre-back) 7.22
Swansea: Andre Ayew (forward) 7.22
Watford: Ismaila Sarr (winger) 7.04
Wycombe Wanderers: Joe Jacobson (left-back) 6.96