Ben Foster named West Brom supporters' club player of the season
Ben Foster is having his best season in an Albion shirt, according to supporters’ club chairman John Homer.
Albion’s shot-stopper was named supporters’ club player of the season tonight at an awards evening at The Hawthorns.
Sam Field was named young player of the year on his 19th birthday, while goal of the season was given to Hal Robson-Kanu for his fierce long-range strike away at Southampton on New Year’s Eve.
Darren Fletcher was recognised for starting 86 consecutive games in the Premier League and James Morrison, who was unable to attend, will also receive a special presentation at a later date for reaching 300 appearances in an Albion shirt. But Foster picked up the evening's main award.
“He’s been superb all season hasn’t he?” said Homer. “He’s so consistent and he’s saved us a lot of points this season.
“I think it’s been his best season in an Albion shirt because it’s been uninterrupted. He’s matured into a fine keeper.
“Considering the way that he’s been playing, and the number of saves he’s made, you could argue he’s up there with the best in England. He fought off some competition from Craig Dawson, who’s done absolutely wonderful again. He’s been another picture of consistency and I’m sure he was close to the top award.”
Foster has played every single minute of Premier League football this season and kept six clean sheets.
Tonight’s accolade came on the same day it was revealed he received a vote in the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award.
More than two hundred fans attended the dinner with the players, where Field’s birthday was crowned with an award.
“We’ve got two or three young players coming through that look very exciting,” said Homer. “Kane Wilson looks a good prospect, Jonathan Leko has fallen back a bit this year but the leap from under-23s football to the first team is quite big.
“Sam is an exceptional prospect. He’s been in the squad several times and Tony Pulis seems to like him a lot.
“At some point you’ve got to play them to find out if they’re good enough and Sam got his chance at the weekend. It’s very pleasing, especially with the small squad.”
Chief Executive Martin Goodman addressed supporters at the dinner.