Norwich City will ensure due diligence is carried out on their player of the season poll, after fears that fans from rival clubs could hijack the vote.
After a series of man of the match awards had been dubiously awarded to loanee Oliver Skipp amid calls from fans of parent-club Tottenham to vote for the 20-year-old, assumptions had been made that a similar situation could become a problem in relation to the Barry Butler trophy.
These fears have been allayed by Head of Communications Daniel Houlker, who told MyFootballWriter: “The club will check all details at the back end and match up information etc. It’ll be fair.”
Favourites for the award include Emi Buendia, who’s already registered 15 assists this term, and Grant Hanley. 25-goal Teemu Pukki will also be hoping for a repeat of his 2019 triumph, when a record goal haul meant he was voted top. Impressive attacking performances mean current holder Tim Krul will be unlikely to retain the accolade, but an impressive season has seen the solid Canaries concede just 28 goals so far.
Skipp’s fellow loanee Ben Gibson may also be a dark horse because of this, but a late injury has damaged his hopes.
The player of the season vote will run alongside the Michelle Dack fan of the season award, for which Canaries Trust volunteer Diane Brazier and young fan and Community Sports Foundation fundraiser Liam Royall have been nominated, alongside Talk Norwich City duo Chris Reeve and Jack Reeve, jointly.
The player of the season will be revealed just before the final home game of the season, against Reading on the 1st of May. Voting closes on April the 25th and
City fans can cast their vote here: