Blades defender Enda Stevens has picked up the PFAI Irish Overseas Player of the Year award.
Stevens has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining United from Portsmouth. After arriving on a free, he has made the left wing-back slot his own and is a crucial cog in Chris Wilder’s system.
His form and performance levels have been reward, too. Stevens has picked up the prestigious award to continue the good feeling at Bramall Lane at the moment.
Stevens was unlucky not to register another assist yesterday. After playing the ball across for David McGoldrick, the goal was overruled by VAR from the previous phase of play.
The Irishman already has two assists this term. He scored four times last season as the Blades won promotion, including crucial goals in the run-in against Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.
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In good company
Stevens finds himself in excellent company when you look at some of the previous winners of this award.
Irish legends like Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne have picked up the honour in the past. James McClean has also won the award, as has former Norwich star, Wes Hoolahan.
It’s a huge honour for any Irish player to win. Given the amount if Ireland players who ply their trade in the English game, for Stevens to come out on top shows just how good he has been.
The fact with Stevens is he is improving week on week. He’s gone from being a player who some United fans were unsure on to a regular. He’s arguably United’s most consistent performer too.
Few left-backs in the league have the energy that Stevens has. As a wing-back, he’s right up there amongst the best in the league.
We covered previously just how good he has been. This award for Enda Stevens only cements those comments we made.