Like all major leagues around the world today, we are starting to see more unconventional squad numbers in the Championship outside of 1-11.
We’ve taken a look through the Championship this season to highlight some players who have made a great start to the campaign and have an unusual choice of number on their backs.
Wayne Rooney (32)
Despite being 35 years old now, England’s record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, still has the class to really stand out in the Championship.
Rooney opted for the number 32 shirt for the Rams when he signed for the club as a player-coach back in January. Eventually, it would be no surprise if the former Manchester United player becomes the head coach of the club.
For now, Rooney’s job is to keep scoring goals and to be the driving force behind County’s attack. His side have made a poor start to their league campaign, however, there is a long way to go. Odds on the Championship have them at -250 to stay up this season. As long as Rooney stays fit and healthy, they should remain in the division.
Harry Souttar (36)
Harry Souttar has been one of Stoke’s best players this season and his performances were rewarded in October when he was named their Player of the Month.
Souttar carries the number 36 on his back. The Australian international spent last season on loan to Fleetwood Town in League One but he now looks to be a big part of Michael O’Neill’s team.
Stoke are in with a good chance of gaining promotion this season. In October they picked up four wins, had three clean-sheets and progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, beating Premier League opposition Aston Villa in the last 16. Souttar played a strong part of that success.
The future is very bright for Souttar. He will be hoping he can guide the Potters to the Premier League, but if not, he looks set to make it to the top-flight in the near future. It will be interesting if he sticks with the number 36 which has been so lucky for him.
George Pușcaș (47)
At the time of writing, Reading lead the way in the Championship in what has been a superb start to the season for Veljko Paunović’s men. If they are to convert their position into promotion at the end of the campaign, they are going to need their most expensive signing ever, George Pușcaș, to keep scoring goals.
Pușcaș wears the number 47 for the Royals, which would normally suggest he is a fringe player at the club. This couldn’t be further than the case as Pușcaș is their biggest goal threat.
The Romanian has featured for Inter Milan, Benevento and Palermo prior to moving to England. He will want to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League so the motivation will be high for him to better his tally of 12 goals from last season.
It will be no surprise to see more unfamiliar numbers in the Championship in the near future as players are not afraid now to snub numbers 1-11.