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Playmaker's EFL 72: #6 Sammie Szmodics

2024/05/09 13:10

There are now just six players left in this year's edition of the 'Playmaker 72' and you can tell how high the quality is when this player is the Championship top scorer.

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!

A player who has arguably saved Blackburn Rovers' season, next up we have Sammie Szmodics...

#6 Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers)

While Blackburn Rovers' season was far from a vintage one, Sammie Szmodics has been in the form of his life evidenced by the attacking midfielder being named, quite comfortably, his team's Player of the Season.

The 28-year-old ended the season as the Championship's top scorer, is the current joint top scorer of the FA Cup, and he at long last earned his first international cap.

Szmodics initially signed for Blackburn from Peterborough United costing just over £1 million and it's proven to be a bargain signing.

After scoring a modest 7 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions during his first season at Ewood Park, this year has been raining goals with Szmodics netting 33 goals in 48 games in all competitions.

27 of Szmodics' 33 goals came in the Championship (with the other half dozen in the FA Cup where he tops the charts alongside Ellis Simms) making him the second tier's top scorer by a healthy margin of six over Adam Armstrong (21 goals).

What's more impressive is that none of those 27 league goals came from the spot with 25 of them from open play and the remaining two from set-pieces.

The Irish international's magic right foot also provided the bulk of the output with 22 goals scored with his right peg while a further three came from his left and the final two with his head.

Szmodics finished the season with a brace against champions Leicester City as Rovers avoided the drop with a hugely important victory.

Both goals came as Blackburn counterattacked with Szmodics' pace ensuring the likes of Wout Faes and Jannik Vestergaard had no chance of catching up to him.

The second was a particularly special moment as Mads Hermansen charged out of his goal with Szmodics having half of the pitch to run into. The Rovers man knocked the ball past the Leicester goalkeeper and had the enjoyment of being able to celebrate his goal before actually scoring as he eventually rolled the ball into an empty net.

It was a performance that summed up Szmodics' season as he saved John Eustace's team from a potentially disastrous campaign.

Inevitably, a season like the Blackburn man will attract a lot of transfer rumours with Luton Town and Brentford among the clubs said to be interested.

Of course, Blackburn fans will be hoping Szmodics stays with the player under contract until 2026 with an option for another year. It's up to Szmodics' many suitors to test the Lancashire club's resolve this summer.

Playmaker's EFL 72...the countdown

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

Rep. of Ireland
Sammie Szmodics
NameSamuel Joseph Szmodics
Born/Age1995-09-24(28 -yrs-old)
Rep. of Ireland
Rep. of Ireland
Dual Nationality
PositionMidfielder (Attacking Midfielder)



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2024-05-09 15h17m by edavidson
Wow, this is a tough decision to make. Sammie Szmodics has been a standout player for Blackburn Rovers this season and definitely deserves to be in the top six of the 'Playmaker 72'. His impressive stats and memorable performances have undoubtedly saved his team's season. Great job, Sammie!
2024-05-09 14h47m by jwhiteheadbarnes
Wow, what a player! Sammie Szmodics has been absolutely crucial for Blackburn Rovers this season. His attacking prowess and impressive stats make him a deserving choice for the 'Playmaker 72' list. Well done, Sammie!
2024-05-09 14h06m by omitchellsonjones
As a football fan, I have to agree that Szmodics has been a standout player for Blackburn Rovers this season. It's no surprise that he was named his team's Player of the Season, as he has consistently performed and helped the team in crucial moments. Keep it up, Sammie!
2024-05-09 13h48m by banderson1976
As a football fan, I have to say that Szmodics has been a revelation this season for Blackburn Rovers. He has truly been the standout player for his team and has undoubtedly saved their season. His impressive stats and performances have earned him the title of Player of the Season and I couldn't agree more. Well done, Szmodics!
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