The outstanding Portsmouth player who deserves player-of-the-season recognition if season ends tomorrow

There’s hopefully still some mileage left in the 2019-20 season.
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But if time is eventually called on the campaign prematurely, Ryan Williams knows who he feels should be picking up the campaign’s player-of-the-season plaudits.

The Australian international has given his verdict on who gets his vote to succeed Matt Clarke as the outstanding player in Pompey’s ranks this term.

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And once again, he believes the prestigious News/Sports Mail award should reside in his team’s back line.

Christian Burgess is the player Williams believes has stood out from all others this term and deserves to be recognised for his efforts

Burgess’ form has undoubtedly been the most consistent of his five-year stay at Fratton Park after arriving from Peterborough.

Williams feels his displays have been strong enough to warrant recognition, as he benefits from his single-mindedness.

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He said: ‘Don’t mention it to him because his head will probably get even bigger, but I’d probably go with Burge!

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‘One of the main reasons we’ve done well for me has been the form of Rags (Raggett) and Burge at the back. They’ve been really consistent.

‘I think we’ve all done well but those two have stood out especially.

‘He been a big factor in the clean sheets and he’s got himself a few goals as well.

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‘I think he doesn’t care what anyone thinks and that’s a big thing. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t dress so well either!’

Burgess is Williams’ shout for player of the season, but the former Fulham man feels Ronan Curtis has pushed him for that honour.

The Republic of Ireland international has grabbed an impressive 13 goals so far this term and produced a steady flow of assists for his side.

Curtis recovered from a sticky start to the season to impress and has caught Williams’ eye since his summer arrival from Rotherham.

He added: ‘Ronan would push Burge a close second.

‘He was on fire at the start of the season.

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‘He’s been great to watch and great to be a part of the same team.

‘I’ve certainly enjoyed playing with him, but maybe Burge just edges it.

‘Burge has been great and he would probably admit himself he wasn’t in his best run of form (at the start of the season).

‘Ronan was probably the same, too, but they both puffed their chests out and got on with it really.

‘They’ve come through the other side a lot stronger. Fair play to them for showing that character.’