With the end of the season comes the annual player awards. They often spark great debate, but the winner of the Young Player of the Year award in Scotland isn’t even a contest this year. It has to be Motherwell’s David Turnbull.
All three of the other nominees have had good campaigns. Hastie has been on fire for the most part in claret and amber since January, Kent has been a constant threat for his adopted club and Ferguson has been motoring in the Dons midfield. Despite their good campaigns, Turnbull trumps the lot of them.
Well chief executive Alan Burrows said on Twitter that Turnbull is one of the best technical players he has seen in 25 years of watching Motherwell. It’s hard to prove him wrong.
Turnbull will go to the top
I could sit here and wax lyrical about Turnbull all day. With 12 goals and four assists in the league from midfield, at the age of 19, he is Scotland’s best young talent.
He and his midfield partner Allan Campbell have been immense. Campbell deserves some credit for Turnbull’s brilliance too. His shrewd defensive work allows the midfield maestro to control the game with his two magic wands he calls feet.
He is a gem, a star man who will go on to break the record fee Motherwell have ever received for a player when he does eventually leave. With two years left on his deal, the Steelmen are guaranteed at least a seven figure fee for the midfielder.
Turnbull’s performance in the 4-3 win over Dundee was him at his best. He sprayed about the ball with ease, scoring his first via a deflected effort from about 25 yards out. His second was magic, smashing the ball off the bar with his right before volleying it home with his left. It was outrageous in the dying embers of the game.
Turnbull has scored 29% of Motherwell’s goals in the league, an incredible statistic. If he keep his head down and continues to play like he is just now, Turnbull will reach the very top.
He has to win young player of the year. The Steelman has had a season young kids can only dream of. Nobody deserves it more than him, because nobody has played quite as well as he has. The future is very, very, bright for Turnbull.