Sunday night saw the EFL Awards take place. Celebrating the achievements of the best players to feature in the English Football League.
Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham cleaned up at the awards, taking 5 gongs home, including Championship Player of the year, Apprentice of the year and Young Player of the year. The 17 year old Fulham player, who scored 14 goals this season, also made the EFL team of the year, alongside Wycombes Adebayo Akinfenwa; ‘The Beast’
The Wycombe striker has become a pop culture hero amongst football fans. Mainly for his stats on the FIFA video game, often being credited with the highest strength stats on the game. Bayo, as he is known, has taken it in his stride and created a brand around that theme. Beast Mode, is a catchphrase of sorts, which he uses to describe himself when he takes to the pitch.
And Bayo has turned ‘Beast Mode’ on a lot this season. He has been pivotal in Wycombes push for promotion. Currently sat in third place in League Two, his 13 league goals have propelled them to within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots.
This stellar season has awarded him a place in the EFL team of the year. Alongside the likes of Sessegnon, Neves & Blackburns Bradley Dack.
At the age of 35, Akinfenwa is coming to the end of his career. But has finally been rewarded for all his hard work in the lower leagues over the years.
The EFL team of the year in full;
Goalkeeper – John Ruddy (Wolves)
Defence – Nathan Byrne (Wigan), Conor Coady (Wolves), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Midfield – James Maddison (Norwich), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Bradley Dack (Blackburn), Bobby Reid (Bristol City)
Forwards – Billy Kee (Accrington), Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe)
Manager – John Coleman (Accrington Stanley)