Sheffield United: Blades' leading scorer Leon Clarke named in PFA’s Championship team of the year

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Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke has been named in the PFA’s Championship team of the year.

Clarke, the 33-year-old Blades striker, was named in the eleven - voted by his fellow players - after a stunning season to date, which has seen him hit a remarkable 18 goals as Chris Wilder's side push for a second successive promotion.

Clarke made Bramall Lane history before the turn of the year when he scored all four goals in United's 4-1 victory over Hull City, netting a hat-trick against Fulham on his next appearance on home soil.

The former Bury striker makes up a formidable front three, alongside Bristol City's Bobby Reid and Derby's £8m man Matej Vydra. Impressive Fulham trio Ryan Fredericks, Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon are also included, as is Wolves' £16m star Ruben Neves.

"I'm good mates with Leon and really, there’s no amazing secret as to why he’s doing so well," George Baldock, Clarke's United teammate, said earlier in the season.

“I see him every day and we spend a lot of time together away from the pitch so I know where his mindset is. Really, It’s just a combination of everything really. He’s a very good player, he’s got the backing of a manager who trusts him and a dressing room where he knows he’s a big character, a big influence. If you put it all together, you’ve got the perfect football player.”