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Soccer News of Tuesday, 25 April 2023


Check out Chuba Akpom stats that won him EFL Player of The Season

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Super Eagles-eligible star Chuba Akpom has been voted the EFL Championship Player of The Season following his stellar season with Middlesbrough.

The EFL confirmed on Monday, April 24 that the ex-Arsenal striker is their official best player of the 2022/2023 campaign.

Chuba, 27, netted an astonishing 29 goals in 38 EFL appearances for Middlesbrough, who are preparing for a likely Premier League play-off run next month.

28 goals out of the total 29 came from 33 league starts. He has also managed 2 assists in the EFL this season.

Chuba is averaging a goal every 106 minutes so far this season.

He became the first Middlesbrough player to score 20 league goals since Bernie Slaven in the 1989/90 season.

Chuba also set a new Sky Bet Championship record for most successive home goals (9) following his goal against Hull City at the Riverside.

Expressing his delight after being named the best championship player, the PAOK star said, “It means a lot to get acknowledged for the work during the season and I’m really grateful for it.

“There’s a lot of quality players in this league so for me to even be on the shortlist was an amazing accomplishment.

“To win it is like ‘wow.’ It’s a massive achievement and it’s amazing.

“I always try to tell people it’s not just me,” he said. “It’s about the team. I couldn’t do it. I feel like the manager has got the perfect players for the way we want to play.

“The changing room is amazing, there’s a good relationship s between everyone and I’m grateful to everyone for their support and I wouldn’t have been nominated without them.”

He added, “He’s a manager that when players make mistakes he encourages you no matter what,” explained Chuba.

“We’re not scared of making mistakes or taking risks and it’s good to have that encouragement and backing from the manager. If you get the ball and do a misplaced pass try it again, if you have a shot and don’t score, try it again.

“Take risks…and he encourages that. I’ve felt a lot of confidence going into games thanks to the manager.”