End of season awards

Last updated : 08 May 2008 By Chris C
Most improved player - Jermaine Wright
It's been a surprising turnaround for former boo-boy Jermaine Wright. Struggling with lack of mobility after his return from a hernia operation, he nonetheless played on with some indifferent performances not helped by being shuffled around full back, wing and central midfield. The nadir was the huge cheer that greeted his substitution against Barnsley.

It took great character to turn it around and become one of the most consistent players in recent months in one of the most troublesome positions for us this season, full back. Now out of contract, he has surely done enough to earn a new one and is a valuable and versatile member of the squad.

Honourable mention:
Kelvin Davis

Cameo of the year - Adam Lallana
Saints' recent history is littered with stories of stars emerging from our academy (and straight onto some else's payroll!) and Lallana offered hope that he is the next in line. On the fringes of the first team squad for much of the season, he forced his way into the squad late in the season through fine performances in the reserves.

Coming on against West Brom in a vital and tense game with just 15 minutes to go, he scored an expertly taken goal with a precise strike into the bottom corner to send the fans into raptures. He then played his part among the final day heroes to use his fresh legs to run the clock down. It says a lot about his enthusiasm and confidence that late on rather than running for the corner flag he drove in a cross to try and get a fourth.

Honourable mention: Adam Hammill

Lemon of the year - Nathan Dyer
What a year he's had after finally showing signs of his unfulfilled potential with some lively wing play and a superb strike against Watford. However, it all came to nothing with a lengthy injury followed by some indifferent cameos late in the season and of course the hugely disappointing (alleged) nightclub incident.

Now he is rumoured to be leaving on a free to of all places, Pompey. If so, what a class act!

Let's hope he can turn it around by signing a new contract and making the best of his potential and remain in pride of place on the site's header. Somehow I doubt it...

Honourable mention: Bradley-Wright Phillips.

Opposition player of the season: in a stadium graced by Antti Niemi and lately Richard Wright, it takes something special to stand out as a keeper. That is exactly what Adriano Basso did with a gravity-defying performance for Bristol City somehow keeping the score down with flying save after flying save.

Honourable mention: Frazier Campell (on loan at Hull from Man Utd)