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Playmaker's EFL 72: #2 Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

2024/05/10 12:40

We're now down to just the final two of this year's 'Playmaker 72' with an another outstanding player from this season.

It's certainly been no easy task, but - just to clarify - our '72' is less a roll call of the best footballers in the EFL and more a tribute to those players who have enjoyed the most memorable seasons while racking up the most impressive stats.

Whatever the criteria, we're confident in our selections of the most outstanding players through the Championship, League One, and League Two and welcome any debate on the subject!

He'll have to settle with a silver medal this time, but our second place pick has enjoyed a brilliant campaign in midfield for the best team in the Championship  – the Playmaker 72 runner-up is Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall!

#2: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City)

Leicester City always had a squad that was likely to ensure the club's immediate return to the Premier League after relegation and of those stars it's Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall who has stood out most of all.

Dewsbury-Hall's season started with a bang as the midfielder helped the Foxes with a brace as his side came from 1-0 down to defeat Coventry City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium. 

The first of those was a glancing header while the second was a super left-footed strike to seal the win in the 88th minute.

That brace was the first two of a total of 12 Championship goals scored this season (only Jamie Vardy scored more for the Foxes, 18, in the league this season) with nine of those in total coming from Dewsbury-Hall's 'cultured' left foot.

The 25-year-old was the heartbeat of Enzo Maresca's side in this title-winning campaign and he also contributed 14 assists (the most of any Foxes player) to rank third overall in the Championship in that stat category.

No one in the second tier made as many goal-creating actions (according to FBref) as Dewsbury-Hall, with the player level on 31 goal-creating actions with Leeds United's Georginio Rutter. However, the Leicester City ace averaged 0.77 goal-creating actions per 90 minutes compared to the Leeds creator's 0.75.

In fact, there are a plethora of stats that sum up Dewsbury-Hall's creativity and ability to smartly progress the ball into dangerous areas. 

The Foxes academy product played 84 passes into the penalty area (2nd in the league), 21 through balls (2nd), 109 key passes (5th), and 158 progressive carries (8th).

As you would expect with those kinds of numbers, the midfielder was comfortably named in the Championship Team of the Season, but just missed out on being named the division's Player of the Season.

For his club though, of course, there was no contest. Dewsbury-Hall was the Leicester City Supporters' Player of the Season and overall Player of the Season.

As always after such an outstanding campaign for a player in a Championship team, Premier League clubs have been feasting their eyes on the player.

Initially, Dewsbury-Hall was linked with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, but as his super season continued the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have reportedly entered the running. 

However, the player knows exactly where he wants to be next season and his long list of suitors may well end up disappointed. 

“I’ve been at this club since I was 8 years old," Dewsbury-Hall said at his club's awards event where he scooped up his awards. "I’ve got no intention of leaving,” 

Playmaker's EFL 72...the countdown

3: Jodi Jones 4: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

5: Leif Davis 6: Sammie Szmodics 7: Harrison Burrows

8: Elliot Lee 9: Adam Armstrong 10: Davis Keillor-Dunn 11: Georginio Rutter 

12: Gabriel Sara 13: Marlon Pack 14: Macaulay Langstaff 15: Ephron Mason-Clark 

16: Dan Kemp 17: Joe Taylor 18: Eiran Cashin 19: Ali Al-Hamadi 

20: Jack Clarke 21: Isaac Olaofe 22: Carl Piergiani 23: Jaden Philogene 

24: Alfie May 25: Will Evans 26: Jamie Reid 27: Morgan Whittaker

28: Conor Chaplin 29: George Thomason 30: Mickey Demetriou

31: Stephy Mavididi 32: Marc Leonard 33: Josh Sheehan

34: Matt Smith 35: Kwame Poku 36: Illan Meslier 37: Aden Flint

38: Ronnie Edwards 39: Josh Sargent 40: Alex Gilbey 41: Ben Sheaf

42: Jobe Bellingham 43: Devante Cole 44: Jacob Greaves 45: Paddy Lane

46: Herbie Kane 47: Dan James 48: Archie Collins 49: Karamoko Dembele

50: Haji Wright 51: Dan Crowley 52: Cameron Brannagan 53: Aaron Collins

54: Andy Cook 55: Connor Shaughnessy 56: Jannik Vestergaard

57: Willy Gnonto 58: Ellis Simms 59: Charlie Hughes 60: Fatawu Isshaku

61: Sam Hoskins 62: Paul Mullin 63: Chris Martin 64: Omari Hutchinson

65: Isaac Hutchinson 66: Sam Tickle 67: Ben Hinchcliffe 68: Michał Helik

69: Lewis Wing 70: Rob Apter 71: Kyle Walker-Peters 72: Alex Palmer

NameKiernan Frank Dewsbury-Hall
Born/Age1998-09-06(25 -yrs-old)
PositionMidfielder (Centre Midfielder)



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2024-05-10 14h13m by sjacksons_9_2_1
As a die-hard football fan, I have to say this has been an exciting season with so many standout players! Can't wait to see who takes the crown for 'Playmaker 72'.
2024-05-10 13h55m by jgibsonson
As a football fan, I have to say this is quite a disappointment. I was hoping to see some of my favorite players on this list, but it seems like it's just another popularity contest. What happened to recognizing the true talent and hard work that goes into a season
2024-05-10 13h41m by eedwards
As a football fan from en-GB, I have to say that this year's 'Playmaker 72' has been nothing short of exciting. With just two players left, it's been a tough competition and it's clear that both of them have had outstanding seasons. It's not just about their statistics, but also their impact on the game and their team. Kudos to all the players who have made it this far, and good luck to the final two!
2024-05-10 13h04m by awalkerson7
As a football fan, I have to say that I am extremely impressed with this year's 'Playmaker 72'. It's been tough deciding between all the talented players, but it's clear that the final two have truly stood out in the EFL. Well done to both players for their outstanding seasons and impressive stats.
2024-05-10 12h52m by ocollinsworth
Wow, this year's 'Playmaker 72' has been a rollercoaster! But I have to say, this final two is definitely well-deserved. What a season it's been for all these players, truly impressive stats all around!
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