Leicester City striker Matt Fryatt has been named FourFourTwo League 1 Player of the Year. The announcement was made at the 2009 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo’s Top 50 Football League Players at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday March 29 in front of over 800 attendees from clubs, sponsors and representatives of the football industry. The 23-year-old Foxes man is ranked 20th in FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players, making him the highest League 1 representative - ahead of Leeds starlet Fabian Delph and Bristol Rovers talisman Rickie Lambert. Former Walsall striker Fryatt has enjoyed an astonishing return to goal-scoring form with City in 2008/09. He scored just two league goals in 30 appearances last season, finding himself in and out of the side as Leicester plummeted out of the Championship, suffering relegation on the final day of the campaign at Stoke City. But he has been given a new lease of life under manager Nigel Pearson this season, netting 28 times in all competitions - including back-to-back hat-tricks against Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United - to fire the Foxes to within touching distance of the League 1 title and an instant return to the second tier of English football. "It's all to do with confidence," he said. "Last year we went through a succession of managers during a traumatic season and I found myself in and out of the side. “Under Nigel Pearson, I've been given a regular run in my favourite position alongside Steve Howard, and the results speak for themselves. "I can't speak highly enough of Steve. He's probably the best target-man I've ever played with. He takes all the bumps and bruises for me to be able to feed off his flick-ons. "I now feel like I'm going to score in every game. It seems to get easier the more confident you are. Balls drop in your path and you get the rub of the green." The May issue of FourFourTwo magazine - out Monday - features the full rundown of the Top 50 Football League Players, the Cardiff vs Swansea derby and interviews with Colchester boss Paul Lambert and Rotherham-supporting funnymen the Chuckle Brothers. FourFourTwo.com: More to read... NEWS: Ebanks-Blake scoops Football League double NEWS: Holt picks up League 2 prize NEWS: Delph delight at Young Player Prize NEWS: Football League Awards: Every winner named BLOG: Jimmy Hill: A Life Less Ordinary GALLERY: Football League Awards 2009
29 March 2009
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