With less than a month to go of the Championship season, the time has arrived for Norwich City fans to vote for their Player of the Season. Despite a season of disappointment, there are 3 stand-out players who I feel could have strong claims for the trophy:
Arguably the front-runner for the award is Wes Hoolahan. Whilst he has been as good as ever, it is more sentimentality that is pushing supporters towards Wes. Somewhat miraculously, Wes has never won the award during his 9 seasons at the club. For someone who has given us so much joy over the last decade many fans feel that, as a gesture of recognition, Wes deserves to win. If he does win, however, his performances on the pitch will still have played an important role. 5 goals and 9 assists represents a commendable return for a 34-year-old.
During pre-season I stated that the coming campaign would be make or break for Jacob Murphy’s City career. At the age of 21 it was now time for the winger to prove his worth at Carrow Road. 8 months later and it would be fair to say that he has passed the test with flying colours. Many young, pacy wingers often lack end product but with 10 goals and 6 assists Murphy has certainly delivered. He may be lightweight but there is no doubting that he has been a shining light in a drab campaign.
Many of the City squad have hid and shirked responsibility when the going has got tough this season. One player, more than any other, that you could not accuse this of is Cameron Jerome. His technical ability can be questioned but in terms of sheer desire, work-rate and will to win he is up there with the very best. Furthermore, for a player that has constantly been criticised for his lack of goalscoring ability, 15 goals in 30 starts is hugely impressive. Many City fans were concerned as to where the goals would come from when Nelson Oliveira picked up an injury in February but Jerome has stepped up, proving once again that he is a huge asset in this division.