As the season comes to the close, our staff here at Coming Home Newcastle wanted to provide our fans with comprehensive end of the season coverage that was both informative and entertaining. We decided to kick things off with some end of the season awards. Today’s award is for “Player of the Season” which honestly yielded a wider variety of responses than expected.
Andy Hayes - Miguel Almiron
Although there are more obvious choices, I’m picking Miguel Almiron. I was looking at the Premier League site statistics and looking across the 38 game season, he made 36 appearances so was consistently available to play. A hugely important contribution in an injury-stricken squad. Over those 36 appearances he finished in the top four for goals, assists passes, shots, tackles and interceptions. In other words, he did a bit of everything and to finish towards the top of so many categories shows his importance to the team. In an average side, to have a player who can do a bit of everything is a real bonus and at times he has pushed a lifeless team on by himself.
Zack Pensack - Federico Fernandez
The man who played the fourth most minutes on the squad this season, over 350 more than Jamaal Lascelles who was the second highest capped defender, Fernandez provided the height, physicality, and consistency in a defense that was frequently shuffled this campaign. According to Sports Reference, he ranked 12th in the league in Dribblers Tackled (53%), 14th in the league in Clearances (214), and placed highly Blocks (61), leading the team in all three important defensive categories. An understated, yet vocal leader on this Newcastle back line.
Elijah Newsome - Martin Dubravka
Martin Dubravka has to be our player of the season for me. Allan Saint-Maximin of course was our most dangerous attacker, but for a team that did not score a lot of goals this season, it was imperative that we had a solid keeper to make sure we did not lose every match 5-0. Dubravka was that player for us as he led the league in saves, and genuinely was a reason for a lot of those nervy draws and gutsy wins Newcastle had this season.
Bryan Nelson - Allan Saint-Maximin
My player of the season has to be Allan Saint-Maximin. The way his creativity truly lifted this team shows that if anyone were to takeover this club, ASM’s job would never be in jeopardy. His creativity on the ball, and his ability to create space is just something I haven’t seen since Hatem Ben Arfa, and I think ASM is better than HBA. He has an incredible work-rate, and I think his talent is unmatched on the pitch. ASM wins it for me.
Graeme Bell - Isaac Hayden
Isaac Hayden, criminally underrated. Yet another great season by the former Arsenal man, he’s had his lows like many this season - His red card at Leicester probably was the lowest point, however, that aside he’s been Mr consistent yet again. We miss him when he’s not involved, he breaks up the play incredibly well and he gets little recognition for it, so here’s your recognition, Isaac. One of the first names on the team sheet. Who doesn’t like to see an Isaac Hayden slide tackle?
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Who is Newcastle’s player of the season?
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