Monday, 30 April 2012

Who Will Pick Up the Gongs at Leicester City?

As Leicester City's season stumbled to an end last weekend with a 2-1 away victory over Leeds United, the annual Awards Evening is coming up.  The club asks supporters to choose their player of the season, goal of the season and young player of the season with other awards being given by media and sponsors.

I took a part in the vote, see my choices below, and will look with interest to see who picks up the gongs.

David Nugent gets my vote for Player of the Season (
Nugent celebrates his
winning goal in the
FA Cup vs Norwich.

Player of the Season - David Nugent

David Nugent joined Leicester City on a free transfer under Sven Goran Eriksson in the summer of 2011 and has impressed throughout the season, appearing 48 times and scoring 16 goals.  It's not only his goal scoring (16) and assisting (9) talents that gets him my vote, but the fact that he works his heart out constantly.  It's not often that you can say of Nugent that he is lazy or not pulling his weight, he seems to try his best in every match; something that Leicester fans hold in high importance, perhaps too much at times.  Not only this but Nugent is always ecstatic when the Foxes score a goal and is always the first to have a laugh and a joke with even the opposition.

To have your top goalscorer and assister come in for free over the summer was some good business by Sven and to have such a lovely guy heading up your football team is great!

Goal of the Season - Paul Gallagher vs Crystal Palace

Gallagher (middle) watches his goal
back onthe big screen.
I don't think that this vote will be a close one, Gally's belter against Crystal Palace (his second of the match in fact) was a cracker.  The ball is crossed in and is cleared poorly into Gallagher's path.  In something you would only usually try in FIFA, he's ran on to it and hit it first time, sending a pin-point, top-corner, speeding bullet into the back of the net.  The celebration afterwards is almost as great as the goal!

Have a look at the contenders for this award and Gally's hit (from 0:47).

Young Player of the Season

Schlupp celebrates a goal against
Rotherham in the Carling Cup.
One academy prospect raised eyebrows on loan last season and, after picking up a Wembley runner-up's medal with Brentford, made his break into the first team this season.  Jeffrey Schlupp made his first-team debut in the Carling Cup vs Rotherham this season and hit a perfect hat-trick on his way to six goals and two assists for the season.  His pace, skill and desire have stood out and been rewarded with 26 appearances; not too shabby for a 19-year-old.  He's often one of the first names to appear on the squad list now for Nigel Pearson and definitely has a fighting chance of that sticking with the prospect of new arrivals and returns from injury of other forwards around the club.