As this rather unpleasant season enters its final few weeks, it’s time to start to consider where your Player of the Season vote will go.
Despite the league position, dire performances and two players who would be right at the top of the list of candidates being sold, there’s a number of players who have impressed throughout the campaign.
And with Chris Solly absent for most of the season, there will be a new name on the trophy after the full-back collected the award for two consecutive seasons.
With honorable mentions to Dorian Dervite, Rhoys Wiggins and Jordan Cousins, here are the five players I believe to be the leading candidates for Charlton’s Player of the Season.
All stats correct as of 13/04/14
Clean Sheets: 10
- A ‘keeper that often doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves; the biggest praise that can be given to Charlton’s number one is that he was missed massively whilst out injured for several months earlier on this season. An excellent shot stopper, a clever distributor (most of the time) and a character.
- His ability to produce a match or point winning display, especially in Yorkshire. His performance in The FA Cup fourth round win over Sheffield Wednesday got the Addicks through the tie, and his penalty save in the final minute against Leeds won his side a crucial three points.
- He’s keeping Yohann Thuram out of the starting XI. He cares a bit more, too.
- The beard. It’s quite impressive.
- The occasional shocker is part of his armoury. He hardly covered himself in glory in the recent win over Yeovil and defeat to Brighton.
- His distribution sometimes lets him down.
- Chris Solly who? Okay, not quite, but Solly’s absence has been the least of Charlton’s problems this season with Wilson in such fine form at right-back. Solid at the back and a threat going forward, Wilson’s proved many of his doubters wrong.
- He steps up when needed. Wilson’s been consistent all season, but his top three displays have come in arguably the best games of Charlton’s campaign. His brace against Brighton has been followed by two superb defensive displays against QPR and Sheffield Wednesday.
- He’s a right-back, and therefore is in poll-position to take the Player of the Season trophy.
- He’s alright.
- He’s not Chris Solly.
- He’s been caught out of position a few too many times. Ipswich’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Portman Road is the perfect example of this.
- He doesn’t always get forward from right-back as much as you would like. Especially since Riga has come in, Wilson’s appeared a little reluctant to bomb forward.
- The stereotypical dependable centre back. He’s first to almost every ball, whether in the air or on the deck.
- An ever-present in a season of change. No manger would dare remove Morrison from the centre of Charlton’s defence.
- He fulfills his vice-captaincy duties well. A leader of the back four, the first to celebrate any Charlton goal and the first to applaud the home fans at The Valley and the away supporters on the road.
- Take a look back at the goals conceded by Charlton this season. Morrison might well have done better in quite a few of them.
- He can’t play at right-back, obviously.
- He’s absolutely unreal. After almost every single one of his 17 appearances, you’ve come away from the ground thinking ‘wow, Poyet is some player’.
- His composure and calmness on the ball is that of a vastly more experienced pro.
- He’s been central to the gritty wins the Addicks have picked up recently. Attack after attack has been broken down by the youngster, and his ability to spray balls left, right and centre has got Charlton into positive attacking positions.
- He’s better than Gus. Many would like to think he’s going to be better than Jonjo Shelvey and Scott Parker too.
- He’s probably not played enough games to be seriously considered for a Player of the Season award.
- When at his best, Jackson is sensational. The performance against Huddersfield Town, the night after Chris Powell had been sacked, was the perfect Jackson display of fight, guts and a bit of quality. One of many performances like that this season.
- He’s the scorer of important goals. It was scripted for him to score the late equaliser against Ipswich and the winner against QPR.
- Would you want anyone else captaining our club? I certainly wouldn’t. He’s an inspiration and the perfect skipper.
- He’s a bigger Charlton fan than me or you.
- The legs have gone a little. When he actually does run down the wing for me, he struggles and there’s the occasional poor performance here and there.