It was the 10th year of The Football League Awards when over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the footballing world gathered at The Brewery, London on a Sunday evening.
Patrick Bamford, who is making most out of the loan spell at Middlesbrough as a centre-forward from Chelsea, beat Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy and Watford’s Troy Deeney to win the overall Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year Award. He has been looked upon by various agents and clubs as he is consistently proving his mettle at Middlesbrough and projecting himself as a prolific goal scorer. He may also promote himself and Middlesbrough to the Premier League as the club stand 3rd in the points table behind Watford and Bournemouth with 84 points.
He has scored a total of 17 goals in the Championship with 2.6 shots per game and has been named the Man of the Match thrice. This has earned him accolades from not only the supporters and the Boro manager, but also the other managers in the league who voted for him.
On winning the award, Bamford said,
“First and foremost, I have to concentrate on these last few games and hope that Boro as a team go up and we can push into the Premier League. After that, I’m concentrating on the Euro’s with England so, I think by the time I’m back from the Euro’s I can sit down with Chelsea and see what’s happening. There is a chance I could play against Boro, but it’s open-ended and I won’t find out till July. Thanks to the club, my team-mates because without them I wouldn’t be here and of course the manager and my family.”
With this, one can be sure that a competent, adroit, efficient and professional Chelsea squad is in the making with all the successful spells our loanees are enjoying in their respective clubs.
Other Awardees of the night:
League One Player of the Year – Joe Garner of Preston North End F.C.
League Two Player of the Year – Danny Mayor of Bury F.C.
Young Player of the Year – Dele Alli of M. K. Dons F.C.
We congratulate all the awardees and Patrick Bamford; and wish them all a glorious and illustrious career ahead.