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Wolves ace v Fulham star: Did the Championship POTS award go to the right player?



Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon was last night crowned as the best player in the Championship at the EFL awards, seeing off teammate Tom Cairney and Wolves’ Ruben Neves to the award.

Whilst few thought Cairney would scoop the main prize, the decision to overlook Neves was surprising given his outstanding contribution to the side that are going to win the league and are considered to be one of the best the Championship has ever seen.

However, as our graphic shows, Sessegnon has been superb himself, with the 17-year old a key figure for a Fulham side that are fighting to join Wolves in the top-flight.

He has scored and assisted considerably more than Neves, although that is understandable given the positions the two play in.

In fairness though, six goals from a defensive midfield position is a very good return from the Portuguese international, with all goals from outside the box that will live long in the memory of Wolves fans.

Sessegnon clearly does a lot more than score, with his 1.2 key passes per game and 1.3 dribbles highlighting what he is capable of.

Where Neves excels is in his passing range, as the stats prove. He makes 63.5 passes per game, with an accuracy of 84.3% and that is key to helping Wolves control games and exert their influence. He is integral to the patient way that Nuno Espirito Santo gets his side to play.

Ultimately though, they are both great players and whilst you could make a strong case for Neves to have won the award it’s easy to see why Sessegnon did land the prize.