Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea were nominated for League Two player of the season on Tuesday. Rightly so, between them they’ve netted 26 goals and 12 assists in the process of taking Bury to within touching basis of promotion with 8 games to play.
There is no doubt a few eyebrows may have been raised when Lowe opted for a 3-5-2 formation back in August following on from Bury’s slow start to life in League Two, but there has been no better players than Mayor or O’Shea who have benefited from the formation switch.
For Mayor, he has no doubt found a level to excel at in League Two this season and his creative play will prove just that. Still Bury’s main creative force and the main architect behind Bury’s newly found attacking play under Lowe this season.
Jay O’Shea has been of similar ranking and no doubt deserves his nomination, but may be overlooked for the award. One of the surviving players from the shambles that was Bury’s 2017/18 League One campaign under Lee Clark, Chris Lucketti and then finally Lowe himself as caretaker manager, O’Shea has powered through the ranks netting 16 goals this year and he’s got 8 games to still add to his tally.
Whether Bury’s nominees win the award is another matter, but they may be one goalscoring machine that could deny either the top prize.
Despite a fair few assists from Lowe’s duo, neither can come close to Tranmere striker James Norwood in terms of goals, scoring 26 league goals this season, 9 more than Nicky Maynard. Where Tranmere would be without his goals in another debate. 5 wins in a row, the Merseyside based club look the most likeliest to make one final push for the automatic promotion places, trailing MK Dons by 5 points but can look to David’s Flitcroft Mansfield cracking under pressure for a glimmer of hope.
All three have had a huge effect on there respective teams this season, but if Mayor and O’Shea are to be denied, it will be simply because an out and out goal scorer has had one of those seasons.