Shaun Barker column: Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is my choice as top Championship player
THE Football League has announced its shortlist for the player of the year awards in the three divisions – the Championship, League One and Two.
Voted for by managers, the three nominations for the top player in the Championship are Tom Ince of Blackpool, Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray and Matej Vydra of Watford.
Ince and Palace’s Wilfried Zaha have made similar impacts this season, so much so that neither is likely to be at their clubs next season.
Zaha is back on loan at Palace having signed for Manchester United in January while Ince looks set to be on the move as well.
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Ince has got more goals and assists than Zaha, who needs to add more goals to his game, but I think Zaha often shows greater awareness when it comes to bringing teams mates into play.
Robbo (Gareth Roberts) actually kept both quiet when we played them, which tells you how well he has been playing.
The lads have been impressed with Vydra when we’ve played Watford, and the forward, on loan from Udinese, has made his mark with 20 League goals.
Murray has scored 29 League goals this season (30 in all competitions) having struggled last season when he scored only seven.
He has always been a good target man. He holds the ball up well but he is also a clever player. There is more to him than just goals.
His performance in Palace’s 3-0 victory over us at Selhurst Park in November was as good a display as I have seen by a player in this division this season.
He gave our two centre-backs a very difficult afternoon and that has not happened very often to Richard Keogh and Jake Buxton this season.
Of the three players nominated for the top-player award, I would go for Murray ahead of Ince.