The penultimate Stacey West Player of the Season is here, and it has been a tough month to call.
It was the month in which we bounced back, putting together a run of results that saw us safely secure a play-off place with two games remaining. We could have been in with a late shout of a top-two spot, but two spot-kicks put paid to that. However, that is football and we move on quickly. Indeed, is it not better to have our fate determined now, rather than going hell for leather against Charlton and Wimbledon, only to miss out, pick up injuries and be disappointed? I think so, although obviously, you’d take automatic over the play-offs.
So, in a pivotal month for the Imps, who played the best football according to you, the Stacey West readers? Which games stuck out as highlights, and which did you struggle to enjoy?
Find out all right here!
- To qualify for the Player of the Month, a player must have featured in more than 50% of the club’s matches.
- Also, if a player comes on after 75 minutes, his rating is not counted in the total, as a 15-minute cameo should not impact a rating over a season. Subs who get a quarter of an hour, or more, do have their rating counted.
Firstly, spare a thought for Joe Walsh. This was the second month where his average was shaping up strongly, and was even enough to see him in the top two. Sadly, having only played a game-and-a-half, he didn’t qualify for the award, but when he can get fit and firing he’s going to be a huge asset. Also, TJ Eyoma missed out by the narrowest of margins, he’s been excellent this month, and showed great character coming back from his spell on the sidelines.
Alex Palmer and Brennan Johnson both deserve a mention too, they finished outside the top three, but came in with averages above 7.00, which is a good achievement considering they both played every game of the month. Whilst three of our loan stars all placed highly, fans will also be delighted to know three of our own players, contracted for next season, finished in the top spots this month.
3rd – Lewis Montsma 7.34
Lewis is back! The towering Dutch defender came out of the blocks firing in September, but sadly that spell out with Covid saw his form dip. In April, we saw the old Lewis, the Lewis we had gotten to believe might just net us £1m when he finally gets a move. He’s formed a frightening partnership with TJ Eyoma, who came fourth this month by the way with 7.28. You have to feel for TJ, that figure would have seen him win the award in November, December, February and March! That’s how good the team have been, with Lewis’ outing against Bristol Rovers earning him Man of the Match. It was nice to see him chipping in with a goal against Hull City too.
2nd – Tayo Edun 7.35
This is the third time in four months Tayo has placed in the top three, and he just gets the second spot from Lewis by the narrowest of margins. He’s impressed in several positions this month, left-back, holding midfield and advanced midfield. I really like him central, with a player alongside giving him a bit of freedom, it plays into his skillset and I expect to see more of him there next season. Remarkably, he didn’t get a single Man of the Match from you all month, instead constantly turning in great performances and never letting the consistency drop. he particularly impressed in wins against MK Dons and Burton, and will be a key figure for us going into the play-offs.
1st – Conor McGrandles – 7.93
Conor McGrandles becomes the first player to win the Player of the Month two months in a row. His score of 7.93 is the highest of any player over a month this season, and his three Man of the Match awards are as many as any player has collected in a single month. It is fair to say, without any doubt, he has been sensational since coming back. What I like about Conor is he has been consistent, playing well when the team did not, and playing well when those around him have also shone. His work rate is phenomenal and he was once described, by me, as the player that does a lot of the unseen work. Well, his work is getting noticed by you, leaving him as your Player of the Month for a second time.
October – Jorge Grant 7.62
November – Harry Anderson 7.14
December – Tom Hopper 7.03
January – Anthony Scully 7.53
February – Adam Jackson 7.27
March – Conor McGrandles 6.73
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