The Championship's top five undervalued stars: Leeds, Derby and Chelsea players involved

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Leeds United defender, Derby County cult-hero, Middlesborough's Chelsea loan-star, Leicester City midfielder and Burnley striker all involved.

We take a look at five Championship players that we feel that, for one reason or another, haven't received the praise they deserve during the course of the season. 

1) Jake Buxton - Derby County

The former non-league defender has become a cult-hero at Derby County in recent years, largely thanks to last minute winning goals against Nottingham Forest and Leeds United in the past few years. The no nonsense defender is an incredibly tough competitor and is rarely beaten on the ground, or in the air. Aside from his incredible defensive attributes, the former Burton Albion defender is a very technically gifted footballer and is renowned around the iPro for his 50-yard pin-point passes. He is quite simply a normal, down to earth local that is on the verge of becoming a Premier League player, and I can't think of many more deserving. 

2) Matthew James - Leicester City

The former Manchester United midfielder has made the list because, in my opinion, he has been overlooked when it comes to plaudits in favour of midfield partner Danny Drinkwater. Although, I do agree that Drinkwater has been the key behind the Foxes promotion, I believe the spotlight on him has somewhat put James in the shadows. Despite that, he has performed brilliantly this season and deserves credit for playing an important part in Leicester City's return to the Premier League. 

3) Sam Vokes - Burnley

The Welsh international is another player that has fallen victim to his partner's shadow this season. Although he did warrant some praise in the media, it was microscopic in comparison with the praise for Danny Ings. Nevertheless, I believe the Welsh international deserves just as much praise as Ings. He has been in fantastic form this season and played the target man role superbly, giving Burnley the option of both playing in the air and on the floor. Although he may have been an unfancied player at the start of the season, it's hard to argue just how important he has been to Burnley's promotion.

4) Kenneth Omerou - Chelsea / Middlesbrough

As loan signings go, I don't believe there have been many better than Kenneth Omerou this season and despite playing less than half the season, he has undoubtedly left his mark on supporters. The reasoning behind the inclusion of Omerou is how under the radar his loan has been in the comparison with the likes of Patrick Bamford at Derby County. He has performed admirably for Mourinho's old colleague and when the transfer window reopens this summer, Karanka will definitely be keen to get him back on the books for a promotion push next season.  

5) Jason Pearce - Leeds United

Maybe a surprise name to some, but I feel despite Leeds' bad form this season he has been a rock in their defence. In comparison with his centre-back partner Tom Lees, he has had a far better season than him despite being the unfancied one before the season began. I feel that even if Cellino is to make big changes this summer, he should keep hold of Jason Pearce, because with another defender we may see even more improvement from him next season.  

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