EFL awards: Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle & Anthony Knockaert on Championship shortlist

Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle and Anthony Knockaert
Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle and Anthony Knockaert will be looking to win the award given to Burnley striker Andre Gray last season

Leeds striker Chris Wood, Newcastle forward Dwight Gayle and Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert have been nominated for the EFL's Championship Player of the Year award.

New Zealand's Wood, 25, has scored 24 league goals this season.

Gayle, 26, has 21 goals from 28 league games since joining leaders Newcastle from Crystal Palace for £10m.

Former Leicester man Knockaert, 25, has scored 13 goals to help Chris Hughton's side to second in the table.

League One leaders Sheffield United have two of the three nominees for the third-tier award, with the division's top scorer Billy Sharp, 31, and midfielder John Fleck, 25, nominated alongside Scunthorpe forward Josh Morris, 25.

League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers also have two nominees with striker John Marquis, 24, and midfielder James Coppinger, 36, up against Luton striker Danny Hylton, 28.

The awards will be presented in London on Sunday, 9 April.

Player of the Year shortlists

Championship: Chris Wood (Leeds United), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United), Anthony Knockaert (Brighton & Hove Albion).

League One: Billy Sharp and John Fleck (Sheffield United), Josh Morris (Scunthorpe).

League Two: John Marquis and James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers), Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

Young player: John Swift (Reading), Ryan Ledson (Oxford United), Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

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