TranmereTalk Awards 2018: Josh Roberts’ Selections

By Josh Roberts

While we may be premature with our awards, with potentially Tranmere’s best moments in front of them for this season, here are my selections for the 2018 TranmereTalk Awards.

Signing of the Season: My Selection – Ollie Norburn

Norburn arrived from Macclesfield in the summer and has been a vital cog in Micky Mellon’s machine this season.

His performances never seem to dip below a 6/10 making him a consistent figure in the middle of midfield.

He’s a classy player, he can play with a swagger and a guile that alludes opposition players but is also willing to do the dirty work, that can often go unnoticed.

He has been an astute signing by Tranmere and that is why he’s my signing of the season.

Winner – Ollie Norburn

Best Moment of the Season: My Selection – McNulty Maradona Turn

The National League, I think it’s fair to say, is a gritty, hard, unforgiving league with skill often put on the back burner.

So when a player steps up with, not just one but two Maradona turns, it will raise eyebrows in this league.

When that player is Tranmere Rovers Captain Steve McNulty, a centr half by trade, well it’s certainly one of the best moments of the season.

Steeeeeeve, as he’s often called by the Super White Army, pulled off the Maradona turn like it was nothing, like he practices them in his sleep, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually did!

Winner – James Norwood Scoring a One-On-One

Most Underrated Player: My Selection – Ollie Norburn

Norburn is selected again as my most underrated player of the season because of what he does in that central midfield role.

Players like James Norwood, Andy Cook and Connor Jennings take the headlines in attack and Steve McNulty and Adam Buxton in defence, but Norburn’s contribution to both is important but not often appreciated by fans.

He is the type of player that managers love to manage and players love to play with as he has a little bit of everything, he can, and has, adapted to numerous games this season.

Winner – Richie Sutton

Best Game of the Season: My Selection – Maidstone Away (Maidstone 2 – 3 Tranmere)

There have been games when Tranmere have comprehensibly played sides off the park scoring four goals and keeping a clean sheet.

But for me, this is my game of the season for what it means for the promotion charge and the way Tranmere came back from 2 – 1 down.

With just five minutes left, a scrappy own goal put Tranmere level but the drama was jst begining as two minutes later Jennings was brought down in the area for a penalty.

Buxton, with his nerves of steel, stepped up and converted to give Rovers all three points and made sure they didn’t lose ground in the play off race.

Winner – Ebbsfleet @ Home (Tranmere 3 – 0 Ebbsfleet)

Goal of the Season: My Selection – Larnell Cole vs Macclesfield

There have been some top goals scored this campaign but my goal of the season is Larnell Cole’s second goal for Tranmere to date.

It’s such a clinical counter attack that starts from a Macclesfield shot. The ball is moved at pace from one end to the other with accurate passing topped off with a nice finish from Cole.

Norwood advancing with the ball gives the ball to Norburn in space who picks out Cole in the box for him to open the scoring.

It’s a vintage Tranmere goal which is slightly under appreciated due to being a midweek away game and thankfully I was there to see it in person.

Winner – Adam Buxton vs Sutton

Player of the Season: My Selection – James Norwood

There have been a number of standout players for Tranmere this season, but I went with Norwood as my player of the season.

While he’s been fantastic in front of goal scoring 15 goals to date, it is his all round play that has impressed me the most.

He is unwillingly to give up on a loose ball and will chase anything for the side in hope of gaining an advantage.

He’s also turned provider at times, assisting his strike partner Cook to help make them one of the most lethal partnerships in the league.

Winner – Adam Buxton



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