Former Celtic attacker Murphy is best player in the Championship ahead of Chelsea loanee Bamford, says McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says former Celtic forward Daryl Murphy should have been the Championship Player of the Year.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has told TalkSport that striker Daryl Murphy should have been the Championship Player of the Year ahead of Patrick Bamford.

Middlesbrough's Chelsea loanee Bamford won the award last month, with former Celtic forward Murphy one of those in the running.

Murphy has been outstanding this season, with the 32-year-old making a mockery of his poor displays in Scotland where he netted only three times in 23 appearances.

He netted 25 times in 43 games for Ipswich this season, and may still have more to add after helping them into a play-off spot, where they take on rivals Norwich City. 

McCarthy said: “As much as I like Patrick Bamford – I think he is a terrific player - Murph has scored more goals and he has scored more in a squad that was pretty unfancied at the start of the season.

"He is a Premier League footballer on loan. Daryl Murphy is a Championship football player at a Championship club. Congratulations to Patrick, because he is a terrific player, but I think Murph deserved it."

  TeamGoalsAssistsChances CreatedAerial Duels WonScoring V Shooting AccuracyAppearances
Daryl Murphy Ipswich 27 5 47 184 17% 44
Patrick Bamford Middlesbrough 17 2 27 40 17% 38

Murphy compares favourably with Bamford from a statistical perspective, scoring 10 more goals and creating 20 more chances.

He has played in seven more games than the Middlesbrough attacker, but this in itself shows how important he has been to Ipswich this season, missing only two Championship matches.

Both players have an equal chance conversion rate of 17 per cent, but Murphy's physical stature gives him an edge Bamford currently lacks, winning 144 more aerial duels.

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