Player of the Season Winner

Thursday 1 June 2017 16:00

Tom Cairney has been named Fulham’s Player of the Season for 2016/17, claiming almost half of the votes cast.

Building on his second place finish last term, Cairney was in scintillating form from the off this season and already had an assist by half-time in the opening day win over Newcastle United.

He ended the campaign having laid on 11 goals for teammates, 10 of which came in the Sky Bet Championship, a figure which was bettered only by Barnsley/Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane. Cairney also created a whopping 115 chances for other Whites players.

The four most accurate passers in the division were all Fulham, but Cairney was top of the pile with an average success rate of 92.6 per cent. For context, that’s better than Toni Kroos, Mousa Dembélé, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta.

Cairney averaged 80.5 passes per game in the Championship, comfortably the most in the division, with Huddersfield Town’s Aaron Mooy closest with 68.9, just ahead of Kevin McDonald’s 67.7.

2016/17 was also his most prolific season to date as he found the back of the net 13 times, all of which came in the league, with his stunning volley at Wolverhampton Wanderers named Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month for December.

On a personal level, the season was an unrivalled success for the midfielder. After winning EFL Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, he was named in a Scotland squad for the first time before subsequently making his debut against Canada, in which he claimed an assist.

A month later, it was announced that Cairney and his Whites teammate Ryan Sessegnon had been named in the PFA Team of the Season.

His 11 Man of the Match wins this term was also a squad high, and he ended up as the comfortable winner of Player of the Season with 48.8 per cent of the votes, more than three times that of his nearest challenger.

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