Portsmouth winger named among the best in the EFL - and ahead of ex-Fratton and Millwall favourite

Ronan Curtis has been named in FourFourTwo magazine’s list of the 50 best players in the Football League.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 5:54 pm

Fans of all 71 clubs were asked to choose the top performer in their division outside of their own team.

Curtis proved a popular choice from opposition League One supporters and was ranked 24th in the overall table.

The Pompey winger has made barnstorming progress after arriving at Fratton Park from Derry City in June 2018.

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He plundered 12 goals in 49 appearances during the Blues’ failed play-off bid last term.

After suffering a dip in form at the start of this season, Curtis’ exploits helped transform Kenny Jackett’s side into automatic promotion contenders before the coronavirus crisis suspended football.

In total, the winger has registered 13 goals and 12 assists having become a talismanic Blues player.

Pompey secured the long-term future of Curtis in February when he penned a new three-and-a-half year contract.

Ronan Curtis, right, with Marcus Harness. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Republic of Ireland international’s position of 24th in FourFourTwo's list means just two League One players rank above him.

Unsurprisingly, deadly Peterborough striker Ivan Toney is rated the best in the third tier and is placed 14th overall.

The former Newcastle marksman has bagged 26 times in 39 outings this term, with his latest effort coming in the Posh's 2-0 win over Jackett’s side last month.

Another Peterborough man, Marcus Maddison, is two spots above Curtis in 22nd – although he is currently on loan at Championship strugglers Hull City.

What’s more, Curtis comes in 12 places higher than former Fratton favourite Jed Wallace (36).

The Millwall man, who was linked with Aston Villa earlier in the campaign, has netted 10 goals in 36 appearances during his side’s Championship play-off push.

Ex-Pompey loanee Eoin Doyle is League Two's top-rated player.

Doyle has 25 goals in 32 games during Swindon’s fourth-tier title challenge.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic tops the list, with Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips and Brentford's Said Benrahma making up the top three.

Full list

50th – Callum O’Hare (Coventry City)

49th – Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle)

48th – Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United

47th – Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City)

46th – Perry Ng (Crewe)

45th – Joe Jacobson (Wycombe)

44th – Patrick Bauer (Preston North End)

43rd – Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town)

42nd – Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town)

41st – Ben Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers)

40th – Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley

39th – Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers)

38th – James Henry (Oxford United)

37th – Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra)

36th – Jed Wallace (Millwall)

35th – Armand Gnaduillet (Blackpool)

34th – James Norwood (Ipswich Town)

33rd – Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest)

32nd – Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday)

31st – Nicky Law (Exeter City)

30th – Andre Ayew (Swansea City)

29th – Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United)

28th – Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest)

27th – Eoin Doyle (Swindon Town)

26th – Nahki Wells (Bristol City)

25th – Chris Maguire (Sunderland)

24th – Ronan Curtis (Pompey)

23rd – Joe Allen (Stoke City)

22nd – Marcus Maddison (Peterborough / Hull)

21st – Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)

20th – Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest)

19th – Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town)

18th – Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City)

17th – Jake Livermore (West Brom)

16th – Grady Diangana (West Brom)

15th – Matty Cash (Nottingham Forest)

14th – Ivan Toney (Peterborough United)

13th – Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United)

12th – Pontus Jansson (Brentford)

11th – Ben White (Leeds United)

10th – Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers)

9th – Romaine Sawyers (West Brom)

8th – Tom Cairney (Fulham)

7th – Wayne Rooney (Derby County)

6th – Ollie Watkins (Brentford)

5th – Ebe Eze (Queens Park Rangers)

4th – Matheus Pereira (West Brom)

3rd – Said Benrahma (Brentford)

2nd – Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)

1st – Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)