The npower Player of the Year awards have been voted for by managers of the clubs in each division. Each manager was asked to list their top five players from this season in order, with the scores added up to give a shortlist and an overall winner.
NPOWER LEAGUE 2
Tyrone Barnett - Crawley Town (now on loan at Peterborough United)
Tyrone had been on books of West Bromwich Albion as a youth player before being released. He played for several non-League clubs before Macclesfield Town gave him his big break. A tall, powerful and quick centre forward, a successful debut season of League football saw him seal a move to Crawley Town last summer. His 14 goal haul for them this term convinced Peterborough United to give him the chance to go on loan, with him coming off the bench on his debut against Doncaster Rovers last month to score an injury time equaliser.
Marlon Pack - Cheltenham Town
Marlon is a product of the Portsmouth Academy, and made his debut for the Pompey first team in a Carling Cup tie in 2010. That was to be his one and only start for his hometown club, with loan spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Dagenham & Redbridge, before a season long loan at Cheltenham Town last year turned into a permanent move in the summer. This season the 20 year old has been the driving force in the Robins' midfield to help put them firmly in promotion contention.
Matt Ritchie - Swindon Town
Like Marlon Pack, Matt too is a product of the Portsmouth Academy, making seven first team appearances. He went out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County, before two loan spells at Swindon Town were followed up by a permanent switch last summer after being named the Fans' Player of the Year. The 22 year old winger has been on fi re for Paolo Di Canio's men this season and is a major reason why they top the division.
NPOWER LEAGUE 1
Johnnie Jackson - Charlton Athletic
A versatile left-footer who can operate in defence or midfield, Johnnie moved to Charlton permanently in July 2010 after a loan-spell at The Valley from Notts County the previous season. A League 2 title winner with the Magpies, Johnnie is a former Tottenham Hotspur youth product with appearances for clubs including Coventry City, Watford and Colchester United where he was named player of the year in 2008. In fi ne free-scoring form this season, his goals are a vital ingredient to the Addicks' push for promotion to the npower Championship.
Jordan Rhodes - Huddersfield Town
Boasting a ratio of a goal a game, it is easy to forget that Jordan is just 22 years old. So far this term, his haul includes a double brace against Sheffield Wednesday and five strikes at Wycombe Wanderers. Since joining from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2009 - where he was prolific in the Tractor Boys youth and reserve teams - Jordan has over the last two seasons topped the Terriers' scoring charts with 23 and 22 goals respectively in all competitions. With two months to go in the current campaign, he has already eclipsed both of those totals.
Ched Evans - Sheffield United
Following a move from Manchester City in 2009, the Welsh born striker has become an integral player at Bramall Lane. Bringing with him the experience of a European campaign from his time at the Etihad Stadium, Ched has hit a rich vein of form this season, consistently bringing in the goals to help the Blades in their npower League 1 title challenge. Having represented Wales at U19 and U21 levels, Ched went on to score with his fi rst ever touch in a full international as a back heel secured victory in Iceland in 2008.
Adam Lallana - Southampton
Another player to come off the Southampton production line, Adam stamped his presence at all age groups whilst progressing through the club's Academy. At U17 level, he hit 14 goals and laid on 11 assists - the most for any player in the Academy. His first-team debut for the Saints came in August 2006 in a Carling Cup tie against Yeovil Town and in the same year he made a goal-scoring debut for England's U18 side in their victory over Slovenia. In 2009/10, Adam hit 20 goals from midfield to establish his place in the first-team squad, and has followed that up this season with a series of consistently impressive displays that have put Saints firmly in the race for promotion.
Rickie Lambert - Southampton
Prolific in front of goal, Rickie joined Southampton from Bristol Rovers in the early part of the 2009/10 campaign as the joint top scorer in English football from the previous year. His deadly form continued on the south coast as he notched up a further 35 goals in his first season, including strikes during his Saints debut and at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final. Also formerly of Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County and Rochdale, the Liverpool-born hitman has amassed a collection of stunning dead ball strikes from a range of distances. He has taken the npower Championship by storm this season, sitting well clear at the top of the goal scoring charts.
Peter Whittingham - Cardiff City
A former Aston Villa trainee, Peter joined Cardiff City back in January 2007 following loan spells at Derby County and Burnley. Since his arrival he has become a mainstay of the side, fi nishing as top scorer last term having bagged 25 goals in all competitions, one of which is in the running for tonight's Mitre Goal of the Year Award. A former England Youth and U21 international, he has had a stunning season this term, and was part of the Bluebirds line-up that narrowly missed out in last month's Carling Cup Final.
Award Sponsor: npower
npower is proud to sponsor the "Player of the Year" awards. The npower Football League has seen some outstanding individual displays over the past season and we're delighted to honour the effort and energy that has gone into keeping these players at the top of their game.