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Who should win the League Two player of the season?

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.

3.Danny Mayor

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.

Can the ‘Super White Army’ gain back-to-back promotions?

This season has been one of the greatest seasons for Tranmere, they got promoted from the National League thanks to a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood in the Play-Off Final last season, but this season has made them dream higher. Will they be able to gain promotion to League One?

This incredible journey started back in the 14-15 season, when Tranmere were unfortunately relegated back to the Conference after a number of years in the Football League, then after 3 seasons of playing non-league football, they finally bounced back, and since then the ‘SWA’ have been on the up!

Micky Mellon’s side are now unbeaten in 8 games, sit in the play-offs, and now have a opportunity to move into the automatic promotion places (depending on other results going their way). This season has been incredible for Tranmere, and a huge part of their success is down to their home form, the Rovers have only lost a small number of home games, making Prenton Park their ‘Fortress’!

Also, Tranmere managed to reach the third round of the FA Cup this season, but unfortunately were beaten 7-0 by Premier League giants, Tottenham Hotspur.

Could the ‘Super White Army’ gain promotion to League One?

James Norwood- the countries top scorer’s on the rise

Tranmere’s James Norwood is enjoying the best season of his career in England’s basement division, with 28 goals in 42 games so far, the striker has been simply unstoppable in front of goal. 

Starting his career off at Devon based club Exeter in 2009, Norwood made his debut on the first day of the 09/10 season against Leeds. However, over the next two seasons Norwood struggled for game time and only made four league appearances, being shipped out on loan to Sutton, Forest Green and Eastbourne Borough with limited success.

Following his release, Norwood resigned for Forest Green this time on a permanent basis. His first season was a struggle as he managed only three goals in the National League as Forest Green finished 10th. The next three seasons were much more fruitful for Norwood as he adapted to Non League and becoming a regular starter, to score 16, 19 and 11 goals, helping Forest Green finish 10th, 10th and 5th narrowly losing in the play off semi-final to Bristol Rovers.

After his contract expired in the summer of 2015, Norwood joined newly relegated National League side Tranmere on a two year deal. He continued his fine form as Tranmere initially struggled to gain promotion, but 17/18 saw the striker enjoy the best season of his career, as he notched 23 goals as Tranmere won the play off final, Norwood scoring the winner as Rovers overcame Boreham Wood 2-1 at Wembley.

Tranmere’s first season back in the football league since 2015 has been a huge success, as they currently sit comfortably in the Play offs and won’t have ruled out going up automatically. Much of this success can be attributed to Norwood, who is the type of striker that scores goals in patches, scoring 7 goals in the first 7 games of the season, 9 in 9 over October, November and December and is currently on a run of 6 in his last 6.

But one fear they will have is their top scorer and best players contract is set to expire this summer, and with little progress being made on an extension fans must be beginning to sweat.

The striker won’t be short of offers, with Championship side Ipswich already rumoured to be monitoring the situation. With back to back top scoring seasons at National League and League Two level, the logical next step for the 28 year old would be a step up the pyramid, whether that will be with Tranmere or elsewhere remains to be seen.