Divock Origi – Wolfsburg
It has been an incredibly disappointing season for Divock Origi as he has failed to make any sort of a meaningful impact at Wolfsburg. However, he did manage to round off the main campaign with a goal during the 4-1 win over FC Koln. Wolfsburg needed the victory to avoid automatic relegation, but other results didn’t go their way, so they must still face a relegation playoff with the team that finished second in the 2. Bundesliga, Holstein Kiel.
Origi would perhaps be disappointed that he didn’t find the back of the net on at least a couple more occasions, considering the eight shots he had on goal. He showed shades of his former best as he was a commanding target man up front. He dominated when fighting for aerials, winning the ball seven times in the air and was the main source of attacking intent for Wolfsburg. If he can produce a similar performance in the playoff final, then this miserable term could have something of a happy ending.
Matty Virtue – Notts County
Notts County got their playoff campaign off to a positive start, with a 1-1 away draw against Coventry City. Although Coventry’s late equaliser put a dampener on proceedings, the away goal could prove to be vital in the return leg which takes place on Friday. Virtue started in his preferred centre-midfield position but was quiet throughout, perhaps overcome by the occasion. He was substituted just before the hour mark which was an indication of how little of an effect he’s had on the match. A must better performance will be required from Virtue on Friday if he is to have a starting spot at Wembley, should Notts make it there.
Daniel Sturridge – West Brom
West Brom finished their relegation season with a meaningless 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. Daniel Sturridge started the match on the bench and was brought on with just over 15 minutes to go, with the scoreline at 1-0. The striker couldn’t turn the game around for his side and was fairly quiet overall, having just 11 touches of the ball. Sturridge’s time with West Brom has been hampered by injury and there will likely be no place for him on England’s plane to Russia next month. There is also speculation that he will be leaving Liverpool this summer, but all that business will probably go down after the World Cup. He made just six appearances for the Baggies, four of which were from the bench, and was unable to score a single goal.
Lazar Markovic – Anderlecht
Lazar Markovic has been ruled out of Anderlecht’s final games this season with a hamstring injury. Markovic joined the Belgian side in the hope of getting some game time after being frozen out at Anfield. But, fitness concerns meant that he was limited to just seven appearances, although he did show glimmers of quality during that time. Anderlecht were rumoured to be weighing up a permanent move for the winger this summer, but Belgian media is reporting that any deal is unlikely to go ahead as they’d be unable to meet Markovic’s wage expectations.
Sheyi Ojo – Fulham
Sheyi Ojo was left out of both legs of Fulham’s Championship play-off semi-final. The Cottagers progressed to the final following a 2-1 aggregate victory. However, it is unlikely that Ojo will play in the final as he has massively fallen out of favour at the London club ever since he injured his shoulder earlier this season. He started off very positively with flashes of brilliance and has scored four goals with two assists in his 22 league appearances. Ojo has also emerged as an early loan target for Steven Gerrard at Rangers next year. Ever since the Liverpool legend took over the Scottish club these sorts of rumours have been bound to come out, so it may be a while until it is seen whether or not there is any truth behind these stories.
Connor Randall – Hearts
Hearts lost 1-0 to Kilmarnock on the final day of the Scottish season but still managed to secure a Europa League playoff spot for next season. There was no Connor Randall in sight for the final match as Randall’s topsy-turvy spell in Scotland has come to an end. He made 24 league appearances and definitely gave his best performances when he was playing in his natural right-back position.
Harry Wilson – Hull City
Harry Wilson has finished his loan spell with Hull by picking up one final accolade. He was named the PFA Championship Player of the Month for April. The young Welshman scored four goals with two assists in the five matches that he played last month. Although he has been linked with a move back to Hull next season, Wilson has made it no secret that his aspirations lie with Liverpool in 2018/19.