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Nathan Collins has stepped into the first team on a regular basis following the injury sustained by Ben Mee against Leicester and he’s turned in a number of very assured performances alongside James Tarkowski in the centre of defence.

Last Sunday was another of those assured performances, a second win in four days, a second clean sheet to go with it and a performance from the 20-year-old defender that saw him win both our man of the match and player ratings.

Collins polled 26% of the man of the match vote. Dwight McNeil, who played such a big part in the match winning goal, secured 16% for second place. The two central midfielders, Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill, were third and fourth with Cork winning 12% and Brownhill 11%.

The player ratings were also headed by Collins. His rating of 8.51 was ahead of defensive partner Tarkowski who was second with a rating of 8.24 out of ten. McNeil came third with 8.15 and goalkeeper Nick Pope was fourth with a rating of 7.83 out of ten.

It’s a maximum ten points for Collins towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year. There are five points for McNeil, three for Tarkowski, two for Cork and one point each for Brownhill and Pope. That’s increased Tarkowski’s lead at the top of the table to 22 points over Pope. Their closest challenger is now Collins who has moved ahead of Charlie Taylor into third place with McNeil in fifth place and moving closer to Taylor.

The next vote will be underway this Saturday after the Watford game. The Wolves result and the current player of the year table can be found below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

26% – Nathan Collins
16% – Dwight McNeil
12% – Jack Cork
11% – Josh Brownhill
9% – Wout Weghorst
8% – James Tarkowski
8% – Connor Roberts
4% – Matěj Vydra
3% – Nick Pope
2% – Charlie Taylor
1% – Ashley Barnes
1% – Jay Rodriguez

PLAYER RATINGS

8.51 – Nathan Collins
8.24 – James Tarkowski
8.15 – Dwight McNeil
7.83 – Nick Pope
7.80 – Jack Cork
7.73 – Connor Roberts & Charlie Taylor
7.56 – Josh Brownhill & Wout Weghorst
7.10 – Matěj Vydra
6.85 – Ashley Barnes
6.34 – Jay Rodriguez

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

119: James Tarkowski
97: Nick Pope
75: Nathan Collins
71: Charlie Taylor
64: Dwight McNeil
54: Maxwel Cornet & Aaron Lennon
50: Josh Brownhill
49: Ben Mee
26: Matt Lowton & Wout Weghorst
24: Connor Roberts
22: Jay Rodriguez
20: Wayne Hennessey
13: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
12: Matěj Vydra
11: Chris Wood
10: Phil Bardsley
9: Jack Cork
7: Erik Pieters
6: Kevin Long & Dale Stephens
5: Ashley Westwood

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