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Norwich City midfielder Gabriel Sara was chosen to the Championship squad of the season at tonight’s EFL Awards, but Jon Rowe was voted Young Player of the Year.

Sara, who has 23 goals in 43 Championship games, was named one of the division’s top players this season after his excellent exploits for Norwich City.

The Brazilian scored the winning goal in Norwich’s crucial 1-0 victory over Preston North End on Saturday, propelling the club closer to the Championship play-offs, with Sara’s individual brilliance making the difference.

Sara is one of only three Championship players with double-digit goals and assists, along with Southampton’s Adam Armstrong and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

Mads Hermansen (Leicester City); Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton); Ethan Ampadu (Leeds United); Jacob Greaves (Hull City); Leif Davis (Ipswich Town); Gabriel Sara (Norwich City); Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City); Morgan Whittaker (Plymouth Argyle); Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers); Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United); Georginio Rutter (Leeds United).

Rowe was beaten to the Young Player of the Season title by Archie Gray of Leeds United, while Birmingham’s Jordan James was also nominated.

City’s winger has 12 goals and two assists in his first season of regular senior games at Norwich, having just made his senior debut in the opening day triumph over Hull, with Rowe scoring from long range.

Rowe’s season was halted by injury in February, but he made a significant comeback in City’s triumph at Deepdale on Saturday.

Rowe was also nominated for EFL Goal of the Season for his outstanding solo strike against Hull in January, but was defeated by Ipswich’s Wes Burns for his performance against Coventry in December.

Norwich won the Innovation Award for their ‘You Are Not Alone’ campaign, which featured a moving video shared on social media and resulted in over 7,000 inbound messages to the Samaritans.

City’s commercial director, Sam Jeffery, stated: “We’re all genuinely humbled by it. We stated from the beginning that if we could help even one individual, we would have accomplished something.

“It was developed on a purpose-driven approach to help our community, and unfortunately, it was born out of a true statistic in the East of England in the last five years: the danger zone for male suicide is 49 years old. This is the average age of our season ticket holders.

“This was wonderful validation for our team, and it was all done in-house on a very little budget. It’s quite humbling.

The awards ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House in London, and a delegation of City officials, including sporting director Ben Knapper, attended.

 

 

 

 

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