English Championship: Ali al Habsi in team of the season
Ali al Habsi
Oman captain and English Championship side Reading goalkeeper Ali al Habsi has made it to the Championship team of the season announced by popular website, WhoScored.com, based on the allround ratings for the campaign so far.
A delighted Habsi told Muscat Daily on Tuesday that he was 'happy to be part of the Championship team of the season'.
“It is nice to be included in the team. I hope to continue with my good run till the end of the season, and hopefully, Reading can make it to the English Premier League,” said Habsi.
Habsi (7.04) along with his Reading teammate,Yann Kermorgant, (7.28) are part of the 11 players with average ratings of 7.4 and 7.28, respectively, out of ten, as decided by experts at the statistics website.
Habsi has enjoyed a superb season with Reading, producing a number of Man-of-the-Match performances, including one during the recent 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Of all the goalkeepers to make more than ten appearances, only Newcastle United's Karl Darlow (73.9 per cent) has a better save success rate than Habsi (73.7 per cent) in the Championship this season.
The Omani international is also second to Barnsley's Adam Davies (145) for saves (138), first for punches clear (31) and third for accurate long balls (346) this season.
He has also made 66 diving saves this season, 11 more than any other keeper. The 35 year old comes out on top when it comes to passing, with his pass success rate better than any other goalkeeper at 72.1 per cent. The team of the season is made up of a series of top-performing players who have taken to the field in 15 games or more.
The other nine players to make up the team are -Cyrus Christie (Derby County) 7.19, Lewis Dunk (Brighton) 7.61, Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) 7.58, Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) 7.25, Anthony Knockaert (Brighton) 7.68, Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) 7.48, Tom Cairney (Fulham) 7.41, Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) 7.22 and Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) 7.18.