The Championship's top 50 players: Newcastle trio and Leeds pair amongst top 10

Ayoze Perez (R) celebrates scoring the first goal for Newcastle United

Players from Newcastle United, Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa are amongst those included in the top 50.

With less than 10 games to go in the Championship, there is still everything to play for, with the races for the title, automatic-promotion, the play-offs, and relegation set to go down to the wire. 

So, after another typically unpredictable few months in the second tier, here is HITC Sport's look at the top 50 players currently plying their trade in the Championship, including players from the likes of Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa...

50. Stefan Johansen (Fulham)

Stefan Johansen of Fulham in action with Jack Colback of Newcastle UnitedStefan Johansen of Fulham in action with Jack Colback of Newcastle United

Stefan Johansen has been an inspired signing for Fulham this season, scoring seven and contributing seven assists for the Cottagers.

49. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City)

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome has enjoyed another excellent year in front of goal at Carrow Road, scoring 14 times in 32 games for the Canaries.

48. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers)

Massimo Luongo has done extremely well in the heart of the Queens Park Rangers midfield, and is arguably becoming a talisman of the Hoops side.

47. Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sam Winnall was brilliant earlier in the season for Barnsley, scoring 11 in 22 league games for the Tykes. His move to Sheffield Wednesday has not quite gone as well goal-wise, but he is still earning plaudits for his displays from the Owls fans.

46. Garath McCleary (Reading)

The Reading man has scored eight times and contributed seven assists to put the Royals right into play-off contention with just a couple of months to go.

45. Liam Moore (Reading)

McCleary's Reading teammate Liam Moore has been a rock in the side's defence, which is hardly surprising given that his manager is Jaap Stam.

44. Marc Roberts (Barnsley)

Barnsley have had a number of impressive players this season - many of which have since moved on. One who remains is defender Marc Roberts, who has been a stalwart of the Tykes' team.

43. Almen Abdi (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sheffield Wednesday fans may not have seen the best out of him this season, but Almen Abdi could be an important player in the coming weeks.

42. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves' Ivan Cavaleiro in action with Nottingham Forest's Pajtim KasamiWolves' Ivan Cavaleiro in action with Nottingham Forest's Pajtim Kasami

It is amazing with a player as good as Ivan Cavaleiro - as well as one of his Wolves teammates - in their squad, that Paul Lambert's men are in trouble this season. He has the quality to take them even further away from the bottom three.

41. Will Hughes (Derby County)

Without injuries, Derby star Will Hughes would surely be playing in the Premier League by now. He is still one of the most talented midfielders in the division.

40. Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town)

Tom Lawrence has been excellent for Ipswich this season, scoring nine and contributing six assists for the Tractor Boys.

39. Lucas Piazon (Fulham)

The Fulham midfielder will surely be playing in the top flight next year, whether that is with the Cottagers or perhaps even with parent club Chelsea. He looks to be an extremely gifted player.

38. Chris Martin (Fulham)

With 10 goals and two assists to his name, Chris Martin has made Derby rue the day they decided to loan him out to Fulham this season.

37. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City)

Tammy Abraham is not the finished article just yet, but with 18 goals under his belt for Bristol City, he does not appear to be too far off.

36. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa's Albert Adomah celebrates scoring their first goalAston Villa's Albert Adomah celebrates scoring their first goal

Albert Adomah has contributed a staggering nine assists for an Aston Villa side that would rather put this campaign behind them.

35. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday)

Few players in the division boast more of a never say die attitude than Sam Hutchinson it seems. He has been brilliant in defence and in midfield for the Owls this term.

34. James Chester (Aston Villa)

It may not have been the ideal year for James Chester, but he surely possesses the quality and leadership to guide the Villans back to the top flight.

33. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United)

Isaac Hayden has been excellent at the heart of Newcastle's midfield, and will surely be a key part of their team should they reach the Premier League.

32. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Like Hayden, Dale Stephens appears destined to help his side towards the top flight. The stability he gives Brighton allows their flair players to make a devastating impact.

31. Kyle Bartley (Leeds United)

Kyle Bartley's leadership from the back and his partnership with another summer signing has been a key reason for Leeds' success this term.

30. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan in action with Middlesbrough's Marten de RoonSheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan in action with Middlesbrough's Marten de Roon

Barry Bannan is undoubtedly a class act when he gets the ball at his feet, and if Sheffield Wednesday are to go one better than last year, they will surely need him to perform.

29. Jota (Brentford)

After a loan spell in Spain, Jota has shown why Brentford should never have let him go. He has scored seven and contributed four assists in just 12 games.

28. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion)

The 33-year-old could probably still do a job at the highest level, and he may well be able to prove that next season with Brighton. His 18 goals have helped put them second in the table.

27. Izzy Brown (Huddersfield Town)

Izzy Brown was by far the best thing about a struggling Rotherham team in the first half of the season, and he has replicated that form with Huddersfield since joining in January.

26. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa)

Jonathan Kodjia has done a pretty good job of justifying his price tag, having scored 15 times in 29 games for the Villans.

25. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

The 34-year-old is proving that class is permanent for Norwich this term. He has eight assists as well as three goals.

24. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday)

One of the most dependable members of the current Sheffield Wednesday squad is midfielder Kieran Lee. He makes an impact in both boxes, and his injury is arguably a key reason for their recent inconsistency.

23. Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa)

Henri Lansbury has not quite got things right since his move from Aston Villa, but it is surely a matter of time before he really becomes a key man for Steve Bruce's men.

22. Mohamed Diame (Newcastle United)

Newcastle's Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring their second goalNewcastle's Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring

He may not be a favourite amongst some Newcastle fans, but it cannot be denied just how much quality Mohamed Diame possesses.

21. Tom Ince (Derby County)

On his day, few Championship defenders would be able to cope with Derby winger Tom Ince. He has the ability to create and score some wonderful goals.

20. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United)

The partnership between Bartley and Pontus Jansson has been a breath of fresh air for Leeds fans. The Swede can be a colossus on his day.

19. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United)

Ciaran Clark's decision to swap Aston Villa for Newcastle has certainly been vindicated. Only one defence has been better than the Magpies' this term.

18. Charlie Taylor (Leeds United)

It appears to almost be a certainty that Charlie Taylor will be playing top flight football next year, and Leeds probably know that the only way they may be able to hold onto him is by getting promoted.

17. Alan Judge (Brentford)

Alan Judge may not have played this season, but there is no question that the Brentford midfielder is one of the most productive players in the division when he is fit. 

16. Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa fans seem to have really taken to Mile Jedinak this term due to battling displays. He will surely be an important player to Bruce's men next season.

15. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Shane Duffy has seemingly found the transition easy following his summer move from Blackburn to Brighton. That move appears to have been a very smart one as the Seagulls seem to be on the cusp of promotion.

14. Helder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves' Helder Costa (C) celebrates after scoring their first goal with teammatesWolves' Helder Costa (C) celebrates

Helder Costa is another player who appears to be destined for the top flight at some point in the future. If Wolves could hold onto him this summer, that would surely be a tremendous achievement.

13. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday)

When on form, Jordan Rhodes is one of the most lethal goalscorers in the Championship. Carlos Carvalhal will be hoping that he really discovers his shooting boots in time for the play-offs should the Owls get there.

12. Tom Cairney (Fulham)

Tom Cairney has been sensational for Fulham this term, and is now starting to receive international honours.

11. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)

Along with Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles has been a rock in Newcastle's defence, and he has also been a tremendous leader.

10. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday)

It almost does not matter where Fernando Forestieri plays, as he has the capabilities to create something magic out of nothing all over the pitch.

9. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their second goalNewcastle's Matt Ritchie

Matt Ritchie has arguably justified his decision to drop down a division by proving a key man for the Magpies. He has scored nine and contributed seven assists.

8. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)

Conor Hourihane was sensational for Barnsley, and is starting to show similar form at Aston Villa. He could be the side's talisman next season if he continues improving.

7. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion)

With a defence as strong as Brighton's, it would be a surprise if anyone was betting against them going up automatically. Lewis Dunk has been brilliant again this year.

6. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)

Dwight Gayle is another Newcastle star whose decision to drop down a division has been justified. His 21 goals make him the division's second highest goalscorer.

5. Chris Wood (Leeds United)

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring their second goalLeeds United's Chris Wood

The Championship's current top scorer is Leeds' Chris Wood. Without his 22 goals, the Whites would arguably be lost.

4. Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United)

He has not always got it right at Leeds, but when Pablo Hernandez is on form, there are few better in the league. His quality has helped Leeds reach another level this term.

3. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town)

Few may have expected Huddersfield to be in promotion contention, but that is exactly where David Wagner's men find themselves. That achievement has largely been down to the sensational form of midfielder Aaron Mooy.

2. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion)

An already impressive Anthony Knockaert has moved his game to another level this season. His 13 goals and seven assists have been crucial to the Seagulls' success.

1. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)

Whatever aspect of the game it is, Jonjo Shelvey looks like a Premier League player. His passing, shooting, tackling all belong in the top flight, and that is surely where he will be playing next season, probably with the Magpies.

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring their first goalNewcastle's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring

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