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Peterborough United forward Ivan Toney is the pick of the bunch among League 1 journalists as they vote on the team of the season, so far

Reporters covering League 1 clubs across the country have come together to pick a best XI so far - but sadly no Gillingham players feature.

Five players for the Gills were picked by individuals, however, including young prospect Jack Tucker, but the majority votes went elsewhere.

League 1's star man Ivan Toney losing out to Gillingham's star man Connor Ogilvie
League 1's star man Ivan Toney losing out to Gillingham's star man Connor Ogilvie

Three of the team are players from League 1’s current leaders Coventry City, including goalkeeper Marko Marosi, who kept a clean sheet against the Gills back in August.

Rotherham defender Michael Ihiekwe impressed against the Gills when the two teams met in November, helping his side to a 3-0 win at Priestfield. He makes the XI.

Matt Crooks also shone that day for the visitors, scoring with a class finish, and the midfielder has done the business up and down the country, taking nine votes in total.

Oxford forward James Henry is also in the team and he was one of the main men when the Gills lost 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium back in September, scoring twice.

League 1 team of the season so far, picked by football reporters(32468266)
League 1 team of the season so far, picked by football reporters(32468266)

Peterborough forward Ivan Toney, with 26 goals this season, is not surprisingly the man picked to lead the line, chosen by 16 of the journalists taking part.

He joined Posh in August 2018, signed by current Gills boss Steve Evans, who was manager of the London Road side at the time.

Evans’ men managed to keep him out on the two occasions the sides met this season, although Toney came close to hitting a last-gasp winner in the 0-0 draw back in January, surprisingly putting a good chance wide.

Toney has been ruthless for the majority of the campaign, however, and Evans believes the player is destined for bigger and better things.

Speaking on Gills’ Q&A this week he picked Toney out as being the best player that he had helped put pen to paper, saying :”For potential as well, it would be Ivan Toney, who is on his way to the Championship or the Premier League.”

KM journalist Luke Cawdell, picking a team based on performances against the Gills, opted for Blackpool’s Armand Gnanduillet.

The big striker scored an equalising goal at Priestfield, as Gills let go of a 2-0 lead, and the opener at Bloomfield Road, in a game Evans’ side won at the death.

Those journalists to be impressed by Gillingham players were Connor Ogilvie and John Akinde, both picked buy Shrewsbury reporter Lewis Cox, writing for the Express & Star.

Goalkeeper Jack Bonham was named by Bristol Live’s Sam Frost, Jack Tucker by Liam Hoden at Doncaster Free Press and Barry Fuller by Toby Lock at the MK Citizen.


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