2019/20 Season Player Awards Winners Announced
Sunday, 23rd Aug 2020 11:06
Saints have announced all the winners for the longest season in our history, the main award will probably need no guessing, but who else received recognition, find out the winners here.
It will surprise no one that Danny Ings has won both of the Club's player of the year awards, the first was the trophy voted for by the players themselves and the vote was almost unanimous, in that Ings who scored 25 goals across all competitions, including 22 in the Premier League, was the only person not to cast their vote for him, with only his own vote going to someone else.
The only surprise in the fans vote for player of the year was that although he romped home with 80% of the vote, that some fans actually voted for someone else !
Che Adams had a difficult first season that only really took off after the return in June, the fans recognised that although he couldn't seem to buy a goal at one stage he was still contributing and they stayed with him, therefore it was good to see that he won the goal of the season award from the supporters for his first goal for the club when he scored from long range against Manchester City.
Runner up in this category and a close second was Moussa Djenepo's solo goal away to Sheffield United early in the season.
Newly appointed Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, was chosen by honorary club president Terry Paine for his annual President’s Choice Award for the second year in succession.
Ward-Prowse who at times has not always enjoyed a section of the crowd's admiration had arguably his best ever season in which he achieved the remarkable feat of playing every single minute of Premier League action and if Danny Ings had not been so stunning would probably have won the main award
Club Legend Terry Paine said:
“Obviously, Danny Ings was always going to be number one among the fans and players, but I like to make sure I recognise someone else who has made a really significant impact."
“The fact James Ward-Prowse played every minute in the Premier League I think speaks incredibly highly of him, and being made the captain shows the respect that exists for him within the club."
First Team Young Player of the Season, was awarded to Will Smallbone, following a breakthrough campaign for the youngster, with the 20-year-old midfielder making ten appearances in the senior side during 2019/20, including his debut back in January when he scored in a 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Huddersfield.
Scholar of the Year, went to another young midfielder, Alex Jankewitz, as the highly-rated Swiss teenager was recognised for an impressive campaign in which he shone for both the Under-18s and Under-23s.
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