Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has been recognised for his tremendous efforts this season. As announced by the club’s official Twitter account, McLaughlin has won the Player of the Year accolade.
The Player of the Year is calculated via accumulative votes over the course of the season. McLaughlin has been consistent throughout the campaign and this has been reflected in the end of season result.
McLaughlin joined Jack Ross’ men on a free transfer last summer after leaving Hearts. The 31-year-old has been impressive in League One, helping the Black Cats finish in the play-off zone.
In the play-off semi-final, he kept a clean sheet in both the home and away leg to ensure Sunderland sneaked a 1-0 win over Portsmouth and earned a Wembley date.
But it ultimately ended in heartbreak for the second time this season. McLaughlin can hold his head high despite Sunderland’s failure to win promotion.
The Scotland international has won the club’s Player of the Year award to prove how important he has been. He pips Aiden McGeady (second) and Luke O’Nien (third) to the accolade.
Here are some tweets from Sunderland fans discussing this.
Tells you everything you need to know when our goal keeper is player of the season
— Connor Scotter (@ConnorScotter) June 2, 2019
ABSOLUTELY and deserved more for his efforts.
NEXT SEASON, COME ON.#SAFC
— Light Infantry. (@JohnMousey1) June 2, 2019
Deserved as hell. Give that man a contract ASAP
— John Ridley (@RIDD5RZ) June 2, 2019
I voted for Jon but it was close with Luke. Wish we had Jon last season, might of made the difference with relegation. Mind if we had not gone down, would Stewart & Co bought the club? Would the clear out happened. We are in far better shape now thanks to @stewartdonald3
— Gerry McGregor (@Gerry_McGregor) June 2, 2019
Says a hell of a lot about our season
— Jon Ridley (@jonridley87) June 2, 2019
Sounds about right.
— Ian chester (@Ianc1102) June 2, 2019