Jack Butland Is The Best Championship Player According To FIFA 19
Every year there's the same discussion of who is the best player in the Championship and we're left to realise it's very much based on opinion and usually a biased one. Now at least we know the answer to the conundrum on FIFA 19.
I can remember last season Nasir Jabbar, of the SPORTbible parish, writing an article about Bobby Reid being the best player in the Championship. Nas is a Bristol City fan and was called out for being biased.
One of our Twitter followers pointed out it was an opinion piece and challenged those naysayers to come up with a better answer without being biased; Matej Vydra said the Derby fan, Tom Cairney said the Fulham fan, Ruben Neves said the correct Wolves fan.
Anyway the point is that it's never easy to work out who the best player in England outside of the Premier League is, especially for those people who have a horse in the race.
Fortunately with the release of FIFA 19's ratings the discussion for this season has already been put to bed, and the winner is Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland:
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Butland's 81 puts him ahead of two players that don't even reside in the Championship with Nacer Chadli and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both moving on to France and signing for Monaco and PSG respectively.
It's actually quite a surprise that following Stoke's relegation to England's second tier Butland stuck around and didn't move straight back up to the Premier League.
He had previously been linked with moves to both Chelsea and Liverpool but the two sides went for more expensive options as first the Reds broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper by signing Alisson and then the Blues broke that record by signing Kepa.
Dropping down the leagues hasn't affected the 25 year old though as he still managed to start for England against Switzerland on Tuesday night in the friendly at the King Power Stadium.
The average Championship player is rated at 67 but clearly Butland is no average player for the second tier and he's likely to be back in the top tier next season, whether Stoke gain promotion or not.