Through adversity and doubts, Newcastle United has clinched a birth into the Champions League for the 2023-24 season.
Due to that, Kieran Trippier, Newcastle’s knight in shining armor who led the Magpies to their exceptional season has officially been awarded the club’s Player of the Year Award.
This award, which is given to a club’s most prestigious player who contributed at a high level throughout the season, something that Trippier most certainly did.
With one game left on the year, coming against Chelsea this Sunday, he’s smashed in one goal while also contributing to a team-high seven assists in his 2022-23 campaign.
However, that award came with other players putting up solid cases to win.
The forwarding duo of Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson had outstanding performances putting up a combined total of 28 goals. Wilson alone had 18, while Isak had the other 10.
Alongside those attackers, winger Miguel Almiron knocked in 11 himself.
With those three putting up fairly solid cases for the POTY award, midfielders Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton did as well. Guimaraes was one of the team’s leaders, and without him on the field, the team would rarely be able to produce any consistent play.
Even though that was the case for the majority of the season, the raw leadership displayed by Trippier was enough to cement his case for the award. He has always been the signature Magpie to rally the troops while standing calm and level-headed on the backline.
Not only was his leadership displayed in the win-loss column with his efforts, but also in his statistics. On the season he missed just less than 80 minutes showing that he will always show up for his team.
Current club members Wilson and Joelinton have already won the award in recent years as well.
As the season dwindles to a close and the Magpies head into the final game of the year, there is no doubt their leader Trippier will let the team relax against a struggling Chelsea squad. The team will want to head into the summer with a hot head and a third-place spot on lock.
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Chelsea and Newcastle United go up against one another on Sunday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. GMT