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
‘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
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
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
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
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
2021 Mitre Goal of the Season
Lee Novak – Grimsby Town v BRADFORD CITY – 22.12.20