FOOTBALL - Robins and Gyokeres nominated for EFL awards - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Robins and Gyokeres nominated for EFL awards

COVENTRY City manager Mark Robins and striker Viktor Gyokeres have been nominated for the EFL’s Manager and Player of the Year awards respectively.

Robins is on a three-manager shortlist alongside Burnley’s Vincent Kompany and Middlesbrough’s Michael Carrick.

And Gyokeres is joined on the Player of the Year shortlist by fellow goal machine Chuba Akpom and midfielder Josh Brownhill.

The Sky Blues have enjoyed another superb campaign under Robins who has guided City to ninth in the table, just three points outside the play-off places with five matches left to play.

Despite working with one of the division’s smallest budgets, Robins has kept Coventry in the top-half of the table since February as the club continue to punch above their weight in the second tier.

The goals of Sweden international Gyokeres has put City firmly in the play-off picture having found the net 18 times this season to sit second in the Championship goalscoring charts.

Gyokeres has scored what has proved to be the winning goal on eight separate occasions this term and has reportedly attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

However, the pair face stiff competition for their respective awards.

Burnley boss Kompany has guided the Clarets to promotion in his first campaign at Turf Moor with the Lancashire club overwhelming favourites to clinch the title and could still pass the 100-point mark having lost just two matches all season.

A key component of Kompany’s side is central midfielder Brownhill, nominated for the Player of the Year award, who has scored six goals and provided eight assists in an outstanding individual season.

Boro manager Carrick arrived on Teesside in October and has taken the club from 21st into the play-off places having won 16 of his 25 matches in charge.

And Boro’s star striker Akpom, also nominated for the Player of the Year award, is the Championship’s top scorer this season having scored 26 league goals in just 34 appearances.

The EFL Awards night takes place on Sunday, April 23 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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