Teemu Pukki named Championship player of the year as Norwich team-mate Max Aarons also wins at EFL awards
Teemu Pukki, the Norwich City forward, was named Championship player of the season at Sunday evening’s EFL awards.
Finland international Pukki, who joined the Canaries on a free transfer last summer, claims the award in the final weeks of a season in which he has scored 26 goals.
He leads the Championship’s scoring charts, with his brace in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat of QPR sending Daniel Farke’s in-form side seven points clear at the top of the table and on course for the Premier League.
Pukki said: “It’s an honour to win this award, I’m really happy for the recognition.
“I have really enjoyed this season so far in what is a fantastic league, but we know there are still many big games to come. There are many great players here tonight, so it’s special to win this award.”
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Pukki was also named in the Championship team of the season, alongside club-mates Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons, as well as the two players also shortlisted for the division’s player of the year award – Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp and Birmingham forward Che Adams.
Defender Aarons, 19, was named the young player of the season.
The teenager said: “I’m delighted, I couldn’t ask for more. We’ve got our eyes on promotion but it’s great to get this accolade.
“Credit to all of the staff and players at the club, I couldn’t have won this without them, there’s a great belief in the team and we’re ready for the end of the season now.”
Luton striker James Collins edged out John Marquis and Aiden McGeady to be named League One player of the year, while Tranmere forward James Norwood won the League Two award.
Like Pukki, both players sit atop their respective division’s scoring charts with Collins having struck 22 times this season and Norwood 27.
Chris Wilder, whose Sheffield United side are second in the Championship, was named EFL manager of the season.
Ruben Neves, now playing in the Premier League with Wolves, won the goal of the year award for his stunning long-range volley against Derby last April.
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