With the League Two season drawing to a close we here at 24/7 football decided to look at three candidates who could win the League Two player of the season. With the awards being presented next month we have compiled the nominees to see who could win the award. Last season saw Accrington starlet Billy Kee scoop up the award with the forward bagging 25 goals, 9 assists in 46 league games for Accrington Stanley.
1. James Norwood
Tranmere Rovers leading goalscorer, James Norwood, is the first candidate for the EFL League Two player of the season with the 28-year-old notching up 26 goals so far this season. The Eastbourne-born forward has been on fire this season with the Rovers striker currently the highest scoring player in England’s top four divisions. Norwood played a key part in helping to guide Tranmere back to the Football League last season with the forward contributing to 30 goals over the season ( 20 goals, 10 assists). Norwood has continued the fine form that he displayed in the National League and has adjusted to League football well with Norwood contributing to 46% of Tranmere’s goals this season. Furthermore, if Norwood can continue his stupendous goalscoring form, the forward could become League Two’s highest ever scoring forward in a season with the current record being held by Tom Pope who scored 31 goals in the 2012/13 season. Norwood looks a strong candidate for the award especially if the 28-year-old breaks the scoring record. Furthermore, if Norwood can guide Tranmere to back to back promotions he’s more than likely to be a favourite for the award.
2. Jay O’Shea
League Two’s highest-scoring midfielder is the second candidate for the EFL League Two player of the season with the Dublin-born attacking midfielder currently sat on 15 goals for the season. O’Shea, who started out his career at Home Farm FC, has been a pivotal player in Bury’s promotion push with the attacking midfielder helping to contribute to the Manchester-based side becoming the highest scoring team in League Two. O’Shea, who has already achieved promotion for League Two before with Chesterfield back in 2013/14 season, looks to be helping Bury bounce back to League One at the first time of asking. O’Shea is currently experiencing his best ever season in front of goal and has formed a strong relationship with Bury’s top goalscorer Nicky Maynard. O’Shea, like Norwood, appears to be highly influential in their team’s play and if the Dublin born midfielder can guide Bury to the League Two title he’s more than likely to be one of the favourites for the award.
The second Bury player on this list of nominations for the Sky Bet League Two player of the season is Leyland-born Danny Mayor. Mayor has been a key creative figure for the Shakers this season with the winger contributing to 15 goals (7 goals, 8 assists). Mayor, who has played for Bury since 2014, has contributed to 18% of Bury’s goals this season. Mayor is also up for the EFL goal of the year this season with his goal against Grimsby on the 8th of September earning him a chance of another prestigious award. Mayor’s style of play has had a big influence on O’Shea with the winger creating space for O’Shea to fire shots off and score goals with O’Shea even stating in an interview “I think confidence and the way the team is playing is what has allowed me to get so many opportunities in front of goal and the way the team’s been performing has allowed me to chip in with a few myself.” If Mayor can continue his fine vein of form that earned him a nomination he’s bound to be one of the top contenders for the award.