Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama received yet another award after he scooped President’s Choice Award during Southampton’s seasons awards held on Wednesday night.
Wanyama, who joined the Saints from Celtic, was honoured for his performance this season. Southampton skipper José Fonte was the big winner at the Garmin Player Awards as he bagged Fans’ Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards.
Fonte follows in the footsteps of former captain Adam Lallana, who won both awards following his efforts during the 2013/14 campaign. The defender started all but one of Southampton’s games in the Premier League, amassing 44 appearances in total for Ronald Koeman’s side this season.
The captain has led by example throughout the campaign, playing his part in keeping 15 clean sheets and helping Saints to their highest-ever Premier League finish – whatever the result against Manchester City on Sunday.
There were three other prizes handed out on Wednesday, with Wanyama, Matt Targett and Shane Long all being recognised for their efforts this season.
Wanyama took home the President’s Choice Award, while Targett was named winner of the Young Player of the Season Award, sponsored by Hampshire Collegiate School. The hotly-contested Vision Accendo Goal of the Season Award was won by Long for his goal against Aston Villa.
The first award of the night was the Garmin Players’ Player of the Season, which was voted for by every player who has represented the first team this season. Fonte was chosen by his teammates as the most influential player this season.
Honorary President Terry Paine MBE was then on hand to present the President’s Choice prize to the player he felt had contributed the most to the club’s success this season. Jack Cork was the winner of the award last year and Paine went for a midfielder once again, as Wanyama collected the gong.