If there is one surprise about the POTY awards of season 20/21 it’s that Ryan Kent won absolutely none of them.
Make no mistake, Kent had the season of his life last campaign, and registered better everything including goals and assists, but despite a nomination for the PFA POTY, Kent’s medal cabinet came up empty for individual achievements.
It’s almost a bit strange, but it shows just how stellar the standard was this past season that someone who played as well as Kent and lived up to a lot of his billing and price tag was overlooked for every gong going.
Indeed, there’s almost a sense that because a £7.5M player played like a £7.5M player for the majority of the season, he, like so many other outstanding players this season, simply didn’t get a look in with the nominations because it was slightly ‘expected’.
He, Borna Barisic, Joe Aribo and one or two others played vital roles, contributing significantly, but because the stellar performances like Tav, Davo, Greegsy and Goldson had some unbelievable seasons, these other brilliant players missed out.
But Kent is the big absence.
If you ask us what we expected him to win, it’s a fair point – we’re not sure what we’d have actually given him that he deserved over others.
But Kent was outstanding, and can considering himself a little unlucky to have gained no recognition for that.