Why Bury’s Danny Mayor Pips Jay O’Shea to The PFA Player of Season Award

Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea can’t keep out of the headlines when it comes to the end of season awards, leading the nominations for the fans player of the season.

Although Tranmere Rovers James Norwood may be tough to beat when it comes to taking home the prize, the midfield duo will both run the eventual winner very close.

Or on the other hand, of course, one of Mayor or O’Shea does take the award home. It would be hard to find a reason why either player shouldn’t take the prize, especially due to their individual presence in Ryan Lowe’s team.

Scoring the most important goal of Bury’s season arguably, the equaliser at Tranmere to secure the Shaker’s promotion, 2018/19 was the year we saw Mayor back at his best.

Whereas O’Shea may have just had the best season of his career, the number 10’s performances were a true reflection of his ability. Known to be shy off the pitch, his real trouble has been the level of consistency shown week in, week out.

Many critics and pundits will say he was the best player of League Two. Not knocking O’Shea of course, his run of goals between October and February came in Bury’s best run of form, particularly the period at the turn of the year when the eventual runners up went on a long unbeaten run stretching to the end of March.

The 30-year-old suddenly found where the net was working with Lowe, maybe he found his true form with former midfielder Steven Schumacher part of the backroom staff.

Part of a midfield duo in front of firstly Neil Danns then Jordan Rossiter, the work of the loanee from Rangers helped both Mayor and O’Shea find even more ways to create chances.

Mayor was suspended for games including Cambridge, Carlisle and Colchester as news of Bury’s financial troubles came to light. On the pitch, he was missed more than ever. Winning one of the three games the creative spark was flickering but certainly lacking in brightness.

O’Shea would have been less of a miss than Mayor. The latter can cover both roles, the former less so. Not because O’Shea isn’t a good player, he is, just less of one than Mayor.

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