How the Championship table would look if only goals by English players counted this season

English football has benefited massively from the influence of the foreign game thirty years or so; expert tacticians, dazzling goalscorers and powerhouse defenders from Europe and beyond have enriched the beautiful game on our shores, complimenting the undeniable talent of our own homegrown talent. Well, just imagine for one moment that, in a bizarre football laws twist the EFL are hopefully incapable of dreaming up, only goals by English players were to be counted.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 13:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 13:16 pm
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Here’s how the Championship table would look right now if only goals by Englishmen counted this season...

My word! What a shocker to open with. Well, in fairness, we probably should have seen this coming - given that fabulous Fin Teemu Pukki has been the main man for the Canaries this season, scoring 28 goals. Interestingly, if only English goals counted, Norwich would have racked up just three wins all season. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Not much change here for Rotherham, who've just been rotten all round. The Millers' three joint top scorers all English, which highlights how much they've struggled this season. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Strip Brentford of Neal Maupay's 24 goals and they're in big trouble! The 22-year-old has been their standout player, and his side would be in the relegation zone if bereft of his goals. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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Scotland international Oli McBurnie has been an absolute goal machine for Swansea City this season, accumulating a tally of 19. If left to depend just on English goals, the Swans would be clear of the relegation zone on goal difference alone. A huge drop of 11 places! (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
An improvement for Bolton Wanderers here, who would actually be a point clear of the drop in these circumstances. Englishmen Sammy Ameobi and Will Buckley are among their top scorers. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Reading also make a marginal improvement on their current status, but would actually have three less points. Ivory Coast ace Yakou Meite and Iceland international jON Bodvarsson are their two top scorers. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A dip here for the Potters, whose main scorers are DR Congo striker Benik Afobe (8) Welsh wonder Joe Allan (6). (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Despite losing out on 14 goals from Nakhi Wells and Tomer Hemed combined, Luke Freeman's seven goals sees the Hoops nip up a couple of places. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
A significant dip for Alex Neil's men, who would lose a staggering 16 points. All this despite their top goalscorer, Callum Robinson, being English. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
As this stand, the Owls are still in with a slim chance of making the play-offs, but they'd be way off the pace without their non-English goalscorers this season. Scottish star Steven Fletcher and Portuguese ace Lucas Joao have been their top scorers. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Despite English boys Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley banging in the goals for Forest this season, they'd drop to 14th, and would have drawn on a hefty 24 occasions. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Ooft! Now we're cooking. Bottom of the league Ipswich Town would rise to the dizzying heights of 13th, due to a combination of their neat spread of English goalscorers, and the varying fortunes of teams around them. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Robbed of goals from Famara Diedhiou and Andrew Weimann, Bristol City would slump into mid-table mediocrity. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Middlesbrough, who are clawing onto the edge of the play-offs at the moment, would have their fingers stomped on - tumbling down into tenth. Those Britt Assombalonga goals, 12 of them, have been mighty important. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Despite boasting a host of talented young English stars, Frank Lampard's Rams would be scuppered without Wales international Harry Wilson, who has scored some crucial goals among his 14 efforts this season. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
My word! Look who's come to join the party. Bursting their way up from 21st with a mere 43 points, the shift in goalscorers sees Millwall rocket up the league into 9th. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
This is getting interesting, very interesting indeed. Wigan also propel themselves up the table, largely thanks to the likes of Nick Powel, Joe Garner and Gavin Massey. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
It's been a rough old week for Leeds, but it's just as well they've got their foreign stars, as they'd out of the play-off spots entirely if it weren't for the likes of Pablo Hernandez this season. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
A real upswing for Hull City here, who gatecrash the play-offs thanks to the goal-scoring exploits of Jarrod Brown and Frazier Campbell! (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Aston Villa keep their 5th spot, all thanks to one man: Tammy Abraham. The Chelsea loanee has netted 25 times this season, and has been an absolute fox in the box. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Blackburn burst into fourth! Five points ahead of Villa, too. English lads Bradley Dack and Danny Graham have a beefy 29 goals between them, and that's worked the magic here. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
The biggest climbers of all here, Birmingham City pole vault from 17th to third. Prodigious forward Che Adams' haul of 22 goals done the trick, as well as Lucas Jutkiewicz's 13. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Close, but no cigar! Sheffield United remain in second place, largely thanks to a certain Billy Sharp and his goal scoring excellence. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
There you have it! West Brom march nine points clear at the top of the table as champions, as Dwight Gayle and James Rodriguez's goal-scoring bonanza - 44 goals combined - see them run out worthy winners. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)