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Daily Echo launches this year's Southampton Player of the Season vote
8:35am Wednesday 28th April 2010 in Saints News
IT HAS BEEN a memorable season for many of Saints’ stars, but who has been your top performer?
The Daily Echo is once again giving fans the opportunity to vote for the winner of our Player of the Season award.
Many famous names have received the honour in the past, including Mick Channon, Alan Ball, Kevin Keegan, Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer.
And you have the opportunity to add another name to that list of Saints legends.
Kelvin Davis claimed the prestigious trophy in a landslide last year and many people will expect a similar margin of victory this season for 35-goal hotshot Rickie Lambert.
But things might not necessarily be so clear cut this time round.
Davis was the stand-out candidate last year, as his string of sensational displays in goal were one of the few high points of a miserable campaign.
But while Lambert has now stolen most of the headlines, he is not the only one to have enjoyed a fine season.
A long list of strong contenders includes Davis, Adam Lallana, Dean Hammond and January signing Jose Fonte.
As a whole, Saints have enjoyed a good year on the pitch, nearly making the play-offs against the odds, while winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley.
Lambert, who is League 1’s top scorer, is undoubtedly favourite to pick up the award.
He has terrorised opposing defences, finding the net 29 times in the league, one of which was for previous club Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the season.
Lambert has added six goals to that tally in the cup competitions.
But he is not the only prolific goalscorer in the squad.
Midfielder Lallana has produced his best ever season for Saints, scoring 19 times, while taking his overall game up a notch or two.
Hammond joined from Colchester in August and has added a sense of drive and steel to the midfield, while Morgan Schneiderlin has enjoyed a strong season alongside him in the centre of the park.
Davis has once again had a stellar campaign in goal, while centre-half Radhi Jaidi has been a rock in front of him.
Dan Harding is also deserving of consideration, having added some much needed strength and stability to the team at left back.
But you may feel one of the club’s January signings has done enough in their short time with Saints to earn your vote.
Fonte has been nothing short of superb at centre back, while Jason Puncheon has brought more goals and excitement to midfield.
Then there is Lee Barnard, who has chipped in with some vital strikes up front.
So, although the club’s silverware chase is over this season, there is still one trophy left for the players to vie for.
The Daily Echo has chosen 15 players for you to vote from.
These have been selected based on the number of league starts for each (with substitute appearances used as a tiebreaker).
Adam Leitch's Top Three
1. Rickie Lambert
2. Adam Lallana
3. Dean Hammond
How to vote
::Call: 0901 221 adding the last four digits of the player of your choice.
For example if it was 1234 that you'd like to win simply dial 0901 221 1234.
Calls cost 25p Per Call from BT landlines. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may cost more.
Start your message with SFC leave a space and then add the four digits of the player of your choice. Then send to 80360.
For example write the message SFC 1234 and send to 80360.
You will receive a confirmation receipt and will be charged 25p plus your normal operator text charge for each text sent.
You can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one entry per email address
List of nominees
• Rickie Lambert 0274
• Adam Lallana 0275
• Dan Harding 0276
• Dean Hammond 0277
• Kelvin Davis 0278
• Morgan Schneiderlin 0279
• Lloyd James 0280
• Radhi Jaidi 0281
• Jose Fonte 0282
• Jon Otsemebor 0283
• Jason Puncheon 0284
• Lee Barnard 0285
• Michail Antonio 0286
• Paul Wotton 0287
• Papa Waigo 0288
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