Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has weighed on the Player of the Season discussion
Posted: 15 April 2018 Time: 11:00
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has weighed in on the discussion around the Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season award.
It is around that time when discussions on who the best player of the season has been becomes prominent, with many a coach and player having varied opinions.
While his argument may not be in favour of one of his own, Hunt believes that often the final selection is not the obvious choice but rather the popular one.
“Player of the Season normally works on emotion. If you’ve played well in the last game or two around the time they do the voting, then you can get voted in – that’s how it works,” Hunt tells KickOff.com.
“Player of the Season should come from the team that wins the league, I always feel. It doesn’t always happen like that – it didn’t in my times when I was around [at SuperSport United].
“We get a team that comes seventh or eighth [referring to Orlando Pirates] and they win footballer of the year and player of the year [referring to Teko Modise in 2008] – I didn’t know how that worked, but I mean…
“We’ve got to be careful with awards and that, because it’s worked on emotion around the time of the voting.”
Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau is perhaps the firm favourite for the accolade this season, but many would argue that the likes of Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori and Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune, who has won it in 2013, could also be in the running.
However, Hunt has argued that if a goalkeeper wins the best-player award, it points toward a problem with the quality of football being played in the league.
“Generally, you should have a player from the team that wins the most trophies. It doesn’t always have to be… But, I disagree with goalkeepers winning player of the year, and that’s happened before. I could never work that one out,” he adds.
“The team who wins the league and their goalkeeper gets player of the year – it can’t work like that. Even with clean-sheets, is it down to him? That always baffles me.
“If a goalkeeper is winning player of the year in a national league, I think then there’s a problem with football. Surely there’s got to be a midfielder that’s had a great season.
“But, as I said, voting is done around an emotional time – so if the team has won that week, and voting is done that week, then normally [it’s a player from that team]. They forget about game one last year in August.”