The Football League's fantastic four
Every campaign has it’s most outstanding performers. That phenomenon hasn’t changed this season. We’ve witnessed, talked, and written about a few players who have set English football alight this term. With a few games remaining before we say adiós to the 2017-18 season, the brightest stars are getting deserved recognition.
This week, the four divisions published their Teams of the Season. In every team there’s a consistent star-performer who is your Player of the Season.
We won’t know who the Premier Player of the year is until Sunday, but we can take a calculated guess. Mohamed Salah should win it unquestionably. The other three have been outed. Ryan Sessegnon is the best player in the EFL Championship this season. Bradley Dack bosses League One and Billy holds the Kee for League Two. Let’s briefly analyze these fantastic four.
The pint-sized Egyptian wonder, Salah has had an amazing season. People keep saying that. This season, the Chelsea flop has smashed records we didn’t even know existed. Did you know he was the first player to score 20+ goals in the Premier League with his left foot? Or that Salah is the first Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season. No player has scored more for the Reds in his debut season.
Salah’s deftness, pace, and finesse have caught the Premier League napping. The 25-year-old seems to be outsmarting everyone. He’s only failed to score against Manchester United and Swansea this campaign. Really? Swansea? With nine assists, 30 league goals, oops make that 31 now, and 41 in all competitions, Salah can only wait for Sunday to grasp the PFA player of the year award.
Sessegnon is only 17. That makes his achievements all the more awesome. The first time I watched Fulham, it was to catch a glimpse of the young Englishman. He satisfied my curiosity by banging in a spectacular brace. That was the game between Fulham and Ipswich in January.
Ryan Sessegnon was voted Championship player of the season; Young player of the season and Championship apprentice of the season. He deserved the accolades. The lad has been on wings this season. Just unstoppable. A defender who plays left-back and has hit 15 goals and six assists. He is travelling Gareth Bale's path. It’s amazing how he does any defending at all. Opposing managers must think it's completely unfair.
Eighteen League One goals for Blackburn Rovers and a host of impressive performances were enough to secure Bradley Dack’s position in the Team of the Season and a Player of the Year trophy for the second time. The 24-year-old has been critical to Blackburn's quest for promotion to the Championship.
He was exceptional while at Gillingham. For that, the midfielder was honoured with numerous individual awards. He moved to Rovers last year when the Gills dropped into League Two. With his consistent production, it’ll be tough to keep him at Ewood Park if Rovers do not earn promotion.
Accrington Stanley finally secured a long-awaited promotion to League One this week. Billy Kee's scoring form powered the push. The Irishman lit up League Two with 24 strikes in 43 showings. It lifted his side to a new phase in their history. The Accies League One survival may depend on their ability to lock the door but not throw away the Kee.