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When Nick Pope missed out on playing against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane it ensured James Tarkowski would win the Up the Clarets Player of the Year for a third successive season.

He went into the game just six points clear of Pope and his performance in that final game stretched his lead at the top to sixteen points when he won both the man of the match and player ratings.

He secured 27% of the vote for the man of the match, followed by Charlie Taylor (20%), Jimmy Dunne (10%) and Matěj Vydra (9%) who took the next four places. In the player ratings, no one reached the six out of ten for an average performance but the top four were Tarkowski (5.89), Taylor (5.50), Chris Wood (5.33) and Matt Lowton (5.22).

With the points added, we have the final table while also able to confirm that Taylor, with 24 points, beat Tarkowski by one point to the May Player of the Year. The monthly winners this season have been Taylor (September & May). Kevin Long (October), Ben Mee (November), Pope (December & January), Tarkowski (February), Vydra (March) and Wood (April).

Regarding the player of the year. The first winner in the 2017/18 season was Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson but it’s been Tarkowski since. It’s really been a two horse race for a while although Mee did threaten to catch up at one point.

Tarkowski’s name has now been added for a third time to the Up the Clarets Awards and next week we will be holding the vote for the goal of the season.

The Sheffield United result is below, followed by the May player of the month and the final player of the year table.


27% – James Tarkowski
20% – Charlie Taylor
10% – Jimmy Dunne
9% – Matěj Vydra
9% – Will Norris
6% – Matt Lowton
5% – Ashley Westwood
4% – Chris Wood
3% – Josh Brownhill
2% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson & Dwight McNeil
1% – Jack Cork
1% – Jay Rodriguez


5.89 – James Tarkowski
5.50 – Charlie Taylor
5.33 – Chris Wood
5.22 – Matt Lowton
5.06 – Ashley Westwood
4.94 – Matěj Vydra
4.83 – Jimmy Dunne & Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4.72 – Dwight McNeil
4.44 – Jack Cork
4.28 – Josh Brownhill
4.11 – Jay Rodriguez
3.72 – Will Norris


24: Charlie Taylor
23: James Tarkowski
19: Chris Wood
12: Ben Mee
10: Matěj Vydra
7: Matt Lowton
6: Ashley Westwood
5: Josh Brownhill
4: Nick Pope
2: Jimmy Dunne
1: Dwight McNeil & Bailey Peacock-Farrell


128: James Tarkowski
112: Nick Pope
92: Ben Mee
85: Charlie Taylor
74: Matěj Vydra
72: Chris Wood
68: Dwight McNeil
65: Josh Brownhill
54: Matt Lowton
32: Ashley Westwood
25: Bailey Peacock-Farrell
24: Jay Rodriguez
21: Erik Pieters
20: Robbie Brady
19: Jack Cork & Kevin Long
18: Jimmy Dunne
15: Phil Bardsley
10: Josh Benson & Will Norris
6: Bobby Thomas
5: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson
4: Ashley Barnes
3: Dale Stephens
2: Joel Mumbongo
1: Anthony Glennon

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