Who were the best Championship midfielders in September? Judge, Hughes and more

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County stars all feature.

The midfielders are arguably the most important players in any side in any division because they have to cover defensive and attacking elements to the game, build attacks and break down the opposition.

The Championship provided a platform for some standout midfield performances last month and we’ve taken a look at who came out on top in several key areas of the stats.

Goals

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Grant Leadbitter MF Middlesbrough 3 5 354
Ben Marshall MF Blackburn 3 5 449
David Cotterill MF Birmingham 2 5 450
Jonathan Douglas MF Brentford 2 6 540
Aron Gunnarsson MF Cardiff 2 5 387

Grant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough and Ben Marshall of Blackburn take the applause for the most goals from midfield last month. Leadbitter in particular grabbed his side by the scruff of the neck on several occasions and led by example tremendously.

Assists

  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Alan Judge MF Brentford 3 6 540
Matt Ritchie MF Bournemouth 3 5 447
Michail Antonio MF Forest 2 5 448
Tom Cairney MF Blackburn 2 4 315
David Cotterill MF Birmingham 2 5 450

Brentford’s Alan Judge and Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie both finished with three assists each after September. They made key decisions at important times for their sides, which made the difference in terms of goals being scored and points being gained.

Crosses

  PositionTeamAccurate CrossAppearancesMins Played
David Cotterill MF Birmingham 20 5 450
Daniel Tözsér MF Watford 18 5 450
Ben Pringle MF Rotherham 18 5 357
Nathan Redmond MF Norwich 17 5 421
Craig Conway MF Blackburn 14 5 286

Birmingham City star David Cotterill was the most effective Championship midfielder in terms of the number of crosses played last month. He found his intended target more times than any other player, which is significant as Birmingham have struggled over the early part of the season.

Tackles Won

  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Alan Judge MF Brentford 25 6 540
David Perkins MF Blackpool 18 5 450
Scott Parker MF Fulham 17 4 360
David Davis MF Birmingham 16 5 428
Jacques Maghoma MF Sheff Wed 13 5 441

Judge appears in another section for the most tackles won during September. Midfield play isn’t all about piling on the pressure and looking for goals and Judge was the best in terms of breaking up the play and disrupting the opposition when Brentford were up against it during games.

Accurate Passes

  PositionTeamAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Alexander Tettey MF Norwich 325 5 443
Will Hughes MF Derby 270 5 442
Kevin McDonald MF Wolves 268 4 360
Paul Green MF Rotherham 248 5 450
Alan Judge MF Brentford 247 6 540

Norwich City star Alex Tettey was the most effective in terms of accurate passes played. He helped his team to protect the ball and wear sides down. It will also be pleasing for Steve McLaren to see Will Hughes on this list as he continues to grow into a more effective player.

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