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Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia named Championship Player of the Year as sharpshooters steal show

by Football Frenzied

Premier League bound Emiliano Buendia is named Championship Player of the Season as sharpshooters steal the show at the EFL awards with Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris and Cambridge United’s Paul Mullin claiming the League One and Two crowns

  • EFL Awards announced on Thursday celebrated excellence on and off the pitch
  • Scorers dominated the player of the year categories in all three divisions
  • Argentinian winger Emiliano Buendia has 14 goals and 17 assists this season

Sharpshooters stole the show at the EFL Awards with a winger and two strikers claiming the player of the season prizes in the Championship, League One and Two.

Norwich City’s winger Emiliano Buendia claimed the honour of the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season after a huge contribution to the gain promotion push back to the Premier League.

Buendia, 24, bagged 14 goals this season, as well as 17 assists – more than any other player in the division.

Emiliano Buendia has been crowned the Championship Player of the Season for 2020/21

The battle for the top spot was particularly fierce with Buendia beating team mate, Finn Teemu Pukki, 31, who has scored 25 times and Brentford’s Ivan Toney, 25, who has found the target on 29 occasions.

Buendia, who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa and Arsenal, is a multi-award winner, having also claimed Norwich City’s fan-voted Falcon Power Player of the Season award.

‘It’s been a nice season for me and the whole team,’ he told the club’s website.

‘When you get relegated in a difficult season like it was, the comeback has been amazing for the whole team. The spirit in the team during the whole season is amazing. To get promoted again in the way we did it is something incredible.

Buendia (right) is looking forward to the top flight after securing promotion with Norwich

Buendia (right) is looking forward to the top flight after securing promotion with Norwich

‘When you get the confidence like I’ve felt this year from the club, the staff and my teammates, I can make the difference,’ added the Argentinian, who joined Norwich from Getafe in Spain for £1.35m in 2018.

‘I try to be close to the ball and score more compared to last year, but I always try to give an assist. I’m pretty happy with my numbers and stats because it means I can help the team to get the title.’

Meanwhile, Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris, 26, who joined from Bristol Rovers in August for £1.3 million, was awarded the Sky Bet League One Player of the Season.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has insisted  the Argentine will not be leaving Carrow Road

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has insisted  the Argentine will not be leaving Carrow Road

The Posh are on the brink of promotion to the Championship, with Clarke-Harris’ 29 goals leading the division.

Clarke-Harris pipped Sunderland AFC’s Charlie Wyke, 28, who also has 29 goals this season, and Hull City’s George Honeyman, 26, who boasts 15 assists from midfield.

Another sharpshooter in Sky Bet League Two claimed the accolade of Player of the Season, as Paul Mullin’s 30 goals in all competitions have given Cambridge United one eye on promotion to League One with just two games remaining.

Peterborough United's Jonson Clarke-Harris was crowned League One Player of the Year

Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris was crowned League One Player of the Year

Mullin, 26, who also has four assists, signed on a free transfer last summer from Tranmere Rovers.

Elsewhere, Reading’s Michael Olise was named the EA Sports Young Player of the Season, whilst Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger claimed the prestigious Sir Tom Finney award.

Dean Lewington was honoured with the Screwfix Moment of the Season after making his 800th appearance for MK Dons.

The awards were announced on Sky Sports.

Cambridge United's Paul Mullin named Player of the Season in League Two scoring 30 goals

Cambridge United’s Paul Mullin named Player of the Season in League Two scoring 30 goals

EFL AWARD WINNERS

Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season

Emi Buendia – Norwich City

Sky Bet League One Player of the Season

Jonson Clarke-Harris – Peterborough United

Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season

Paul Mullin – Cambridge United

EA Sports Young Player of the Season

Michael Olise – Reading

LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship

Will Trueman – Sheffield Wednesday

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League One

Lewis Johnson – MK Dons

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League Two

Felix Miles – Cheltenham Town

Your Move Community Club of the Year

Port Vale

Screwfix Moment of the Season

Dean Lewington – 800th MK Dons appearance

Sir Tom Finney Award

James Coppinger – Doncaster Rovers

PFA Player in the Community

Will Vaulks – Cardiff City

YouGov Sport Community Project of the Year

All 72 EFL Clubs

Contribution to League Football

John Rudge

2021 Mitre Goal of the Season

Lee Novak – Grimsby Town v BRADFORD CITY – 22.12.20

 

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Source: DailyMail

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