TTU Awards 2010/2011: Young Player of the Season
For the simple reason that we think the Seagulls would have been less likely to stroll to promotion like they did without him, Elliott Bennett takes this year’s Young Player award. Of course, the man of the protruding tongue has since caved in to Paul Lambert’s advances but given the Canaries’ rising star, who can really blame the lad?
Deemed ready for Championship football in this recent assessment of Brighton’s League 1 winning squad, a trusted source down in East Sussex likens Bennett’s style to that of Ashley Young and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares against those clubs of bigger pockets. Last year’s winner of this gong, Gylfi Sigurðsson, has surprised no one by taking to German football like a mallard and it’s tempting to speculate that the much improved Bennett will follow suit.
Otherwise, there were nods in the direction of Swansea’s Joe Allen, whose dominance from deep-lying positions has not gone unnoticed; James Chester at Hull who impressed Lanterne Rouge with his calm presence on the ball; Danny Green at Dagenham who gets an honourable mention for playing football in a team of cloggers; and, finally, the two Dales, Stephens of Oldham and Jennings of Tranmere, who have both come along nicely this term with the latter scoring a few eye-catching goals.
Last year’s winner: Gylfi Sigurðsson