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The 5 best chance creators in the EFL Championship

2P2AJ04 Swansea City's Ryan Manning and Luton Town?s Cody Drameh during the Sky Bet Championship match at Kenilworth Road, Luton. Picture date: Saturday March 4, 2023.

With the Championship season reaching its final run-in, we look at the players who have created the most chances so far this season.

Ryan Manning, Swansea City — 89 chances created

The Republic of Ireland international has been one of Swansea’s best players this year.  With six assists from his 89 chances created the left-back has been a constant threat, mostly from his crossing.

His 84.4 grade ranks him ninth in the Championship and second best amongst fellow full-backs. His passing grade has him fourth highest at his position (82.7).

Manager Russell Martin recently announced that Manning won’t sign a new contract at Swansea when his deal expires in the summer which will make him one of the top targets for any of the Championship sides looking to make a push for the Premier League.

Ilias Chair, QPR — 86 chances created

Chair has been out since the end of February with a hamstring injury but still sits second in the league in chances created. Among wingers he grades third highest in both crossing and passing at 85.5 and 83.7, respectively.

Given QPR have won only one game in 2023, they’ll be hoping one of their most dangerous players can return soon and help them secure Championship football for next season.

John Swift, West Bromwich Albion — 82 chances created

West Brom midfielder John Swift
2M657RP West Bromwich Albion's John Swift during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

The former Chelsea youngster has the best crossing grade in the league this season (91.7) since he joined from Reading on a free transfer at the start of the campaign.

He has only supplied one league assist and one goal since the turn of the year but he would be expected to get a few more if he keeps delivering the ball with the same level of quality.

West Brom are six points off the play-offs with a game in hand on their closest rivals and it will be interesting to see if Swift can help contribute to giving them a chance to return to the Premier League after a two-year absence.

Ryan Giles, Middlesbrough — 77 chances created

Nobody in the Championship has more assists than the on-loan Wolves man, three ahead of the next best.

The left-back had a good start to the season but has found an even better level of form since Michael Carrick took over and switched Boro from a back five to a back four. Since that change he has recorded two assists in the same game on three different occasions as his side have rocketed up the table.

Giles' 82.6 passing grade is the fifth best at his position and 19th best overall in the league.

Oliver Norwood, Sheffield United — 75 chances created

The 31-year-old has been a regular for Sheffield United for the last five seasons and he’s consistently one of their best creative outlets. 19.6% of United’s chances have been created by Norwood this season. Iliman Ndiaye is United's next highest chance creator with 39, just over half of Norwood’s total.

Norwood’s crossing grade of 89.7 puts him at second in the league and the best at his position. He also has an 82.0 passing grade as he tries to help his side secure the final automatic promotion spot.

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