Who deserves to be crowned Championship POTY?

by Marc Sibbons

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

With games coming up thick and fast and the end of the season drawing nearer by the week, speculation as to who will be awarded  the Championship Player of the Year accolade is gathering momentum.

The three players that have been shortlisted for the award are Norwich City striker Grant Holt, Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair and Q.P.R playmaker Adel Taarabt. All three have been in scintillating form throughout the season, scoring vital goals and providing numerous assists as they aim to achieve promotion with their respective clubs. A very tough decision to separate each of the players, but who deserves to win the award and will the conquerer acheive promotion with his team this term?

Let’s start with Norwich City striker Grant Holt, perhaps the least recognisable face to the average football fan to be named in the shortlist. But don’t let this fool you, the man has been on fire this season. Much of Norwich’s success this term has been down to Holt’s power, sheer determination and finishing, where they are now occupying an impressive second place in the league, seven points adrift of leaders Q.P.R. With 16 league goals to his name thus far, he is join top scorer with Scott Sinclair, and has undoubtedly been Norwich City’s shining light again this season.

A total of 48 goals in 82 appearances for Norwich says everything you need to know about Holt and just how important he has been to his team’s surge up the table in recent months. The importance of his goals have also not gone un-noticed, with many proving to be a winner in deciding matches of the season. Perhaps the best example of this is his hat trick against local rivals Ipswich Town in November.

Next up is Q.P.R playmaker Adel Taarabt, who has been hugely impressive in his teams mainstay at the Championship summit. The mercurial Moroccan has wowed fans and pundits alike with his outstanding performances this term, terrifying opposition defences with his superb technique, pace and creativity.

Just one goal behind Sinclair and Holt in the top scorers chart with 15 goals, ex Spurs man Taarabt has won matches almost single handedly for Q.P.R this term, scoring sublime goals and executing a fine range of passing. With teams from the Premiership rumoured to be keeping an eye on his startling progress, i don’t think it will be long before he is playing Premiership football once again, whether that be with Q.P.R or a team from the top 5.

Last but by no means least is Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair who has been pivotal to the Welsh side’s surprise promotion push this term. Joint top scorer with Grant Holt on 16 goals, his hugely impressive performances on the wing this term has made many sit up and take notice of the talent that he possesses. The ex Chelsea man finally seems settled after going out on loan to Championship sides on numerous occasions in the last four years, and Swansea are certainly reaping the benefits. In Sinclair, Swansea have a pacy, technically impressive, goalscoring winger who is arguably of Premiership class, which might just see them achieve promotion, thanks largely down to the man in question.

Well after that evaluation, i am thankful i don’t have the job in separating the three, but if it were up to me, i think i would have to award Adel Taarabt the accolade by a slight margin. I just think that his performances have been a touch better than the other two players on a consistent basis, and his output from midfield has been nothing short of sensational this term. A player that undoubtedly belongs in the Premiership, the sky is the limit for the young Moroccan, providing he keeps his apparent temperamant under wraps. In second place i would award Holt, with Sinclair in 3rd place. A hard decision as all 3 have been excellent this season, but i believe this order is fair to say the least.

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  • stan

    QPR by a mile, they’ve been at the top since day one. They might draw a lot of games but they don’t lose many.

    It will be interesting to see if the owners actually spend some money if they come up. That squad isn’t good enough to stay in the Premier League in my opinion.

    I would of said Forest, but they are on a terrible run.

    You can’t discount Leicester or Burnley, one of those will gate crash the party

  • stan

    ps on topic, Adel Taarab has been head and shoulders above the rest. I’ve seen him a few times, the lad is class, way to good for that league

  • Ash

    Taarabt deserves it but special mention to Paddy Kenny and Danny Graham who for me have also been outstanding this season

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