As the end of the season nears closer, Preston North End have opened up the voting for the player of the year. It’s not an easy one to choose this time round and that’s not for a good reason.
It’s been a frustrating season with good performances few and far between. There’s only been a handful of memorable matches and the team has rarely been settled throughout. Daniel Johnson was the winner of the end of season accolades last year and it was well deserved. DJ has struggled for a consistent run of form and with games every few days, the team has quite regularly been shuffled.
Other standout players from recent years have moved on, whilst Alan Browne has struggled to produce the game we know his capable of in his first season as club captain.
Ryan Ledson is a player that has been praised in the last year, since games have been played behind closed doors. He’s stepped up to the plate in the absence of others and has even worn the captains armband in the last two game for The Lilywhites.
I’ve spoken about him many times previously, but he really has impressed this season with his all-round game. His passing is great to watch now and he has a good eye to play the right balls at the right time. He’s never been one to shy away from a tackle and his quotes recently showed how much he is enjoying his time at the club.
He signed a contract extension last summer and he’ll want to start to become a key player in this team now. There’s plenty of completion in the middle of the park but he may well be favourite for the player of the year award in 2021.
The other main contender is one player who he only been at the club since January. Daniel Iversen has been superb since his arrival on loan from Leicester City. An unfortunate injury to Declan Rudd meant North End has to act fast, and they had done their research on the Danish ‘keeper. He hit the ground running and has countless impressive saves. In a one-on-one situation you would back him more often that not. He’s made many point blank saves and has kept the side in matches on numerous occasions.
If Leicester are happy to loan him out again next season you’d imagine Preston would be interested again even with the return of Declan Rudd. He may well have more suitors though. He would be an asset to any Championship side and could have a few interested parties abroad as well.
It seems crazy to suggest someone who’s only been at the club for half of the season should be in the running for the player of the year award. But his contribution has been huge and stands every chance of walking away with it.
Aside from those two players, there’s no one else that jumps out. Scott Sinclair is the top scorer but that’s only with nine goals. Overall it’s been a disappointing season for North End and there’s much work ahead for next season.