To be the Player of the Year at any club I feel the player in question must have been influential to the point that the majority of the team’s success can be attributed to their presence.
In the case of Bolton Wanderers this year we have been fortunate enough to have many players who fit this criterion: Mark Beevers, David Wheater, Andrew Taylor, Josh Vela, Gary Madine and, my pick, Jay Spearing.
Spearing, the captain for the majority of the season due to the absence of Darren Pratley, has been pivotal to our season as our midfield looks distinctly lacklustre without him.
Not having him against both Bradford City and Sheffield United was a handicap we couldn’t recover from as his tenacity is key to the way we play.
Not only does his footballing ability easily outshine the other midfielders of League 1 but his leadership is sorely missed when he isn’t on the field.
When Spearing is on form, so are Bolton and that is why he should be Player of the Year.