TTU Awards 2013-14: Young Player of the Season
It was a close-call, but Danny Ings pipped fellow Claret Kieran Trippier to this year’s YP gong. The Wintonian was simply irrepressible and – to Burnley supporters’ joy – managed to return from the sidelines just as his strike partner Sam Vokes had hobbled off with a season-ending injury. Trippier, who once again claimed the right-back spot in the divisional PFA team of the year, can however be considered unlucky not to have made the award his own; a great career surely lies ahead for the former Manchester City youth-teamer.
Breathless honourable mentions for Callum Wilson who, coming from nowhere, scored hatfuls and returned from long-term injury as though it had never happened giving beleaguered Coventry fans something positive to reflect on; Sam Winnall, who swiftly established himself as a Football League standard goalscorer following the disappointment of being moved on by hometown club Wolves; Jesse Lingard, who gave a number of defences the run-around during two separate spells on loan at Birmingham and Brighton; Will Hughes, who continues to develop well at Derby; Jamie Paterson, the top scorer for Forest from midfield; Adam Forshaw who, despite his youth, is at the heart of everything good that Brentford do; and Patrick Bamford, whose goal tally speaks for itself, but the ease with which he took, first to League 1, and then to the Championship, was unusual and indicative of immense natural talent – not to mention an impressive character. Oh, and Newcastle’s James Tavernier, who spent most of the season on loan at Rotherham, looked very good, too.