Monday, January 20, 2020

Benfica mid-season awards by Senhor Benfica

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The Portuguese League season has hit it's midway point with Benfica currently sitting atop the league with a seven point lead over second place FC Porto. I would like to take this time in the season to hand out my mid-season awards to the teams players in a variety of categories, so here goes:

Goal of the Season

Nuno Tavares
 The youngster has appeared in only 3 leagues games but his first career goal was a bomb from outside the box to get the season going.

Best Defender

Ruben Dias
Dias has been a rock all season in Benfica's back four, he is a big part of why the club has earned 12 clean sheets in the first half of the season, he has 40 clearances and 18 interceptions during the season.

Best Playmaker

Alex Grimaldo
Benfica's left back has stepped up again this season adding six assists while taking most of the clubs important free kicks, his 769 accurate pass completions leads the club at the halfway mark.

Best Newcomer

Carlos Vinicius
Vinicius was not the striker that the clubs fans were all excited about when the season commenced but he has stepped up to take over the starting striker role and sits second in the league with 10 goals, scoring a goal in every 69 minutes of action.

Most Underrated Player

Benfica has yet to lose a league game this season with Gabriel in the lineup and his control of the midfield and precision passes on the ground and in the air does not get the recognition that he deserves.

Most Improved Player

To think just a year ago Taarabt was a name many had forgotten, he has gotten new life under Lage and has been the clubs creative force in the center of the field.

Most Surprising Player

Carlos Vinicius
Vinicius started the season as the clubs third striker option behind last seasons leading scorer Seferovic and highly regarded transfer RDT, when they faltered Vinicius took the bull by the horns to earn a regular place in the starting XI.

Most Valuable Player

Benfica's all Portuguese eagle has done it all for the club this season, he currently leads the league in scoring and assists and is not only the MVP of his club but also of the league at the halfway mark of the season.

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