Trio selected for PFA team

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It came as little surprise when three Chesterfield FC players - Craig Davies, Tommy Lee and Danny Whitaker - were named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s League Two team of the year.

For the Spireites have topped the table since October and demonstrated convincingly that they are the best team in the division.

More players from the B2net were selected for the team than from any other club which in itself is a vindication of manager John Sheridan’s achievements.

The three are all worthy of their place in the League Two side, but there are two other extremely strong candidates who can only have missed out by a whisker.

More about the prospective pair later but firstly a brief examination of the selected trio.

Davies is a clear choice after his scoring exploits this term.

Despite a sending off on his debut Davies set off like a train and had bagged ten goals before the end of October, no mean feat.

His total after the Bury match at the B2net, was a magnificent 25 and it has been his goals - often achieved from a shoot-on-sight policy - that have helped keep the Blues at the top of the tree.

Goalkeeper Lee has also enjoyed a magnificent season between the posts.

Lee, the only ever-present player in the Spireites side this season, has produced some fantastic performances and has made an excellent contribution to the team’s success.

A former Manchester United junior, Lee’s superb form has seen him become a marketable asset.

The fans know his worth - last season they handed him the coveted player of the season laurels and recently a Facebook campaign has started with the aim of keeping him at the B2net.

Rampaging midfielder Whitaker has certainly made his mark in his first season with the Spireites.

His all-action style made him an instant crowd favourite and he has contributed tremendously on the goal scoring front with a complement of 14, a great total for a player who is not a striker.

Whitaker assumed the mantle of penalty-taker and has so far knocked in eight - one short of the all-time club record of nine in a season.

Those three are fully deserving of their place among the elite.

But in addition, surely Drew Talbot must be worthy of consideration for inclusion in the FPA ranks.

He began the season as an in-your-face, attacking wide right player but was converted to a right-full back in February and has taken to the role like a duck to water. And for a while he was also made team captain, a role he relished.

Talbot, with his electric pace and ability to read the game, must surely be the division’s finest full-back.

Finally, it is difficult to envisage any current League Two side without Jack Lester playing some part.

At the age of 35, he may be in the veteran category but his contribution has been immense.

He has found the net no fewer than 16 times and has won numerous penalties and his two hat-tricks, against Stockport and in the 5-0 Rotherham rout, were nothing short of inspirational.

Perhaps expecting five players from one club to make the PFA team is a little greedy but having three selected in one year is a great achievement which deserves to be celebrated.