TTU Awards 2009/2010: Young Player of the Season
After a barnstorming first season in the Championship, Reading’s Gylfi Sigurðsson is the recipient of TTU’s Young Player of the Season award. It was a funny old year for the Madejski boys as new manager and Great New Hope Brendan Rodgers ushered in a new brand of football only to be shown the exit after a mere six months in charge, but Sigurðsson’s athleticism and touch of quality in the centre of the park remained constant throughout.
Standing at over 6ft and in possession of a certain Scandanavian dewiness, Sigurðsson’s card had been marked for several years prior to his emergence this term, so it was no real surprise when he managed to overtake the likes of Jem Karacan and Marek Matějovský in the midfield pecking order back in August. Even so, his rate of progress has been extraordinary; all of a sudden this son of Reykjavík is a key cog in an exciting, forward-thinking unit and, what’s more, he can’t stop scoring goals.
Best known for his ability from set pieces and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Sigurðsson beat fellow top performers Jimmy Kébé and Ryan Bertrand to the Reading Player of the Season award. Having recently spoken of his desire to stay on at the club after signing a contract extension, Sigurðsson will have no doubt set Royals fans purring ahead of what could be a memorable season.
Honourable mentions to Tom Cleverley, another exciting prospect at just 20 years of age, who got into double figures from the midfield of a struggling Watford side; Graham Dorrans, who is arrogance personified, but has been West Brom’s best player this season by some distance; Connor Wickham, who, at 17 years, has truly shown up some of his more illustrious colleagues at Ipswich; and Gary Hooper, a player that made opposition fans think twice before overlooking Scunthorpe.