Championship

Championship Top Five, Round Fourteen: Bowen continues to excel

Dunkley does the business for Wigan and Barkhuizen's screamer seals Preston win

9:00am on Tuesday 29th October 2019
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Jarrod Bowen
DM, AM (R) - Hull City - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.8
Oct 26, 2019

Surely it's only a matter of time before Bowen takes the step up to the Premier League. The attacking midfielder made it eight goals and two assists with his double against Derby. Bowen's two neat finishes are just the tip of the iceberg for a player who could easily play at a higher level, and there are few players in the division who have consistently excelled like Bowen has.

Chey Dunkley
D (C) - Wigan Athletic - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.7
Oct 27, 2019

Wigan have been far more competitive than their budget should allow and again they frustrated Bristol City, with centre-back Chey Dunkley proving effective at both ends of the pitch. His instinctive finish inside the box levelled the scores in the first half before his superb leap and header put Wigan on the verge of victory. Alas, thy were pegged back to 2-2 but the stopper also managed a round-high nine clearances in an all-round excellent display.

Tom Barkhuizen
AM (RL) - Preston NE - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Oct 26, 2019

Preston are proving one of the most attractive sides in the division this season, being top scorers with 27 netted in their 14 games, and they have plenty of vibrant attacking options like Tom Barkbuizen. With his side 2-0 down he showed initiative to usurp keeper Declan Rudd and knock into the net, but his winner was really worth waiting for, letting the ball run onto his right foot to allow him to arc a glorious curling shot into the opposite top corner. Preston are very much in the hunt for promotion this year.

Kamil Grosicki
DM, AM (L) - Hull City - 31 yrs
90'
8.3
Oct 26, 2019

Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen have been exceptional attacking players for Hull in the past few seasons and they are allowing the team, which has had a distinct lack of investment, to confound expectations. Bowen was excellent against Derby but so was Grosicki, who provided two excellent assists for his team-mate as well as touching the ball inside the area 15 times, almost double the amount of any other player in the round.

Ollie Watkins
AM (R), S (C) - Brentford - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.3
Oct 28, 2019

Watkins has been courted by numerous Premier League clubs in the past few seasons but this season has been deployed at centre-forward rather than on the wing and after a little adjusting, his is proving to be equally adept in that position. His header slipped under the goalkeeper for the opener, then it was his direct running that led to Brentford ultimately winning a spot-kick. And he was on hand to roll home the clinching goal near the end to give the Bees their third win in a row as they move up a distinctly congested Championship table.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Jed Wallace's (8.2) goal and assist gave Gary Rowett a winning start as Millwall manager.

ROUND TO FORGET

Elliott Bennett (4.9) won't be pleased with his role in Blackburn squandering a 2-0 lead to crash 3-2 to Preston.

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