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Erik Pieters might not become the Up the Clarets Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season but he’s the early leader having turned in a very good performance in the League Cup against Sheffield United having come on as an early substitute for the injured Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson.

Pieters, as he did in a number of games last season, played in a more advanced role, mainly on the left with Robbie Brady, another to play well, moving over to the right. He didn’t win the man of the match vote. That honour for the first game of the season went to Josh Brownhill who polled 20% of the vote. Matej Vydra, who scored our goal and, like both Pieters and Brownhill, converted one of the penalties in the shoot out, took second place with an 18% share. Both Pieters and debutant Jimmy Dunne secured 15% of the vote with Pieters edging just ahead of Dunne into third place.

It was a different story in the player ratings. Pieters was the winner with a rating of 7.50 with Nick Pope in second place with 7.31. Dunne took third place with 7.25 while a rating of 7.13 out of 10 secured fourth place for Vydra.

That result means Pieters has won seven points towards the player of the year. There are also five points for Brownhill, with Vydra winning four points and three points each for Dunne and Pope.

You can still vote for your Man of the Match and post your Player Ratings for the Leicester game until 9 p.m. tomorrow.

The full Sheffield United result is below along with the opening player of the year table.

MAN OF THE MATCH

20% – Josh Brownhill
18% – Matej Vydra
15% – Erik Pieters
15% – Jimmy Dunne
12% – Robbie Brady
10% – Ashley Westwood
5% – Nick Pope
2% – Jay Rodriguez
2% – Kevin Long & Matt Lowton
1% – Charlie Taylor

PLAYER RATINGS

7.50 – Erik Pieters
7.31 – Nick Pope
7.25 – Jimmy Dunne
7.13 – Matej Vydra
7.00 – Josh Brownhill
6.75 – Kevin Long
6.56 – Robbie Brady
6.44 – Jay Rodriguez & Ashley Westwood
6.25 – Matt Lowton
6.13 – Charlie Taylor

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

7: Erik Pieters
5: Josh Brownhill
4: Matej Vydra
3: Jimmy Dunne & Nick Pope

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