Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has been named in the Who Scored Championship Team of the Season, as posted on the Sky Sports website.
The Romanian missed just two league games for the Reds and kept 15 clean sheets during the campaign.
He has been joined in the team by Forest forward Joe Lolley. His inclusion is less surprising, however, following 12 goals and 11 assists.
A former Manchester City and Watford custodian, Pantilimon made a permanent switch to the City Ground during the summer. He spent the second half of last season on loan and Aitor Karanka was keen to re-sign him.
Alongside his glut of clean sheets, the uncompromising stopper also made 140 saves and 34 successful high ball claims – the second most in the division.
Pantilimon’s last game of the season saw him claim the Man of the Match award against QPR. The 32-year-old saved a late Nahki Wells penalty to earn Forest a 1-0 away win.
The Seat Pitch Verdict
Pantilimon is a bit of an enigma at the City Ground.
Some fans would happily drive him to another club, whilst others think he is more than capable of being the goalkeeper to lead Forest towards a play-off push next season.
He has his flaws, of course, he does. At times his height can prove a disadvantage as he is static when it comes to getting down into the corners to keep shots out.
One myth appears to have been quashed with these figures released by Who Scored, however, that Pantilimon doesn’t come for crosses. Their statistics show that only one other goalkeeper in the second tier completed more successful high ball claims that the Romanian.
Under Martin O’Neill, the Forest goalkeeper has improved. Prior to his arrival, Pantilimon’s distribution was woeful and that attribute has improved no end.
The number one stopper will hope to return to Forest in the summer and reclaim his position as the first-choice custodian.