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Sports News of Tuesday, 28 July 2020


West Brom's Semi Ajayi nominated for POTY award

Super Eagles deender, Semi Ajayi, has been nominated for West Bromwich Albion's Player of the Year award for 2020.

The newly-promoted English Premier League side,secured their return to the top-flight football over the weekend after coming second on the Championship table behind Leeds United.

Ajayi, 26, teamed up with the Baggies in the summer of 2019 from League Two side, Rotherham United, going ahead to becoming a mainstay in the side’s defence.

The Nigerian scored five goals in 43 league matches for Slaven Bili?’s side to help them gain promotion to the English topflight after they finished second behind Leeds United.

“One historic campaign. Promotion to the Premier League secured. But there are still important matters to wrap up from the memorable 2019/20 season,” the club said on its website.

It added, “Voting is now open for the Ideal Boilers Supporters’ Player of the Season award – your opportunity to crown Albion’s star man in this promotion-winning year.”

Ajayi, alongside 14 others, will be vying for the prize with the shortlist including players who featured in at least 23 matches for the Baggies in the Championship.

They include Sam Johnstone, Darnell Furlong, Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley, Filip Krovinovi?, Jake Livermore, and Matt Phillips.

Other contenders for the award are Matheus Pereira, Conor Townsend, Charlie Austin, Romaine Sawyers, Kyle Edwards, and Grady Diangana.

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