As the run-up to the End of Season awards begins, Talk of the Town will be profiling some of the players that will most likely get a share of the vote. One such player is central-defender, Christopher Schindler.
Well, what can we say about Christopher Schindler that hasn’t been said already?
The man who scored the £180m penalty-kick to take us to the Premier League has carried on his same scintillating form he demonstrated in the Championship.
The fact that I can only think of one significant mistake he’s made all season in getting bumped by Romelu Lukaku during his first goal against Town in the 2-0 defeat to Man United at Old Trafford speaks volumes.
Countless times this season, he has not only put in goal-saving tackles and blocks but has adapted remarkably well to the pace of the Premier League, has played almost every game this season with 33 appearances and has marshalled the defence in the only way Christopher Schindler knows how.
It’s not just his vice-captain leadership abilities which have served Jonathan Hogg, Zanka, Tommy Smith and the rest of the leadership group so well. It’s his ability to put fans at ease with a simple interception or victorious aerial duel.
The ‘Christopher Schindler fist-pump’ he now employs after an important tackle, header or block is now a Town staple, a cultural symbol one might say.
We may have conceded several thumping defeats this season to the likes of Arsenal away, Spurs at home and West Ham at home but we’ve also kept nine clean-sheets in that time.
This has mirrored the trend we experienced in the Championship where we would concede precious few goals but had anomalous results in being whacked for a few by the likes of Fulham and Cardiff.
The statistics back-up Schindler’s great performances.
According to WhoScored.com, in 33 Premier League appearances, he has won three Man of the Match awards (too few if you ask me), won 4.4 aerial duels on average per game, has a very commendable pass percentage of 81.6% and has even provided a solitary assist.
Delving more deeply into his defensive stats, he averages 2.4 tackles per game, two interceptions, 7.2 clearances, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 dribbles past players.
To this end, Christopher Schindler must be given an enormous amount of credit.
Rare has it been that his playing standard has dropped, rare is it that he makes a calamitous error that leads to a result-defining goal, rare is it we see him lose his cool and lash out at his team-mates like a few primadonnas do at the big clubs, he exudes composure and that spreads to the rest of his team-mates.
If anyone else is to win the POTY over Chris Schindler this year, it will certainly be a close race.