Teuma, Boniface or Trésor? Who will soon be crowned Player of the Year?
5 de June, 2023
Today we know him: the very best footballer in the Jupiler Pro League of the 2022-23 season. Surprise Victor Boniface, strong holder Teddy Teuma or assistant champion Mike Trésor: who did the professional football players from Belgian football choose as their best football colleague?
The Player of the Season trophy owes its prestige to several elements. Firstly the trophy is chosen by the fellow professional footballers. It’s not that we don’t respect the opinion of journalists, analysts and other experts – on the contrary – but the footballers themselves know better than anyone else how to value the performance of their colleagues. They realize how difficult it is to perform at a high level every week. They know who best carries out the complicated tactical assignments of the trainers and who helps their teammates out of distress with the regularity of the clock.
Second, there is tradition. It is the 39th time that the prize has been awarded at the end of the season. The only prestigious football trophy to crown an entire season.
Third, the honors list is impressive. Not a single player who has colored Belgian football in the last forty years is missing from the list. Jan Ceulemans (3x), Juan Lozano, Marc Degryse (3x), Enzo Scifo, Luc Nilis, Pär Zetterberg, Vincent Kompany, Mbark Boussoufa (3x), Ivan Perisic, Youri Tielemans, Hans Vanaken (2x)… Each and every one of them class players, no one-hit wonders. Those who crossed the border also made it abroad.
Victor Boniface (22) is the biggest surprise among the three nominees. The fact that the players rate him highly is mainly due to his performance in the top matches. Everyone still remembers the astonishing goal for Union in the Champions’ Play-offs against KRC Genk. But especially European scored the striker: six times. He is top scorer together with Manchester United star Marcus Rashford. Striking but at the same time proof of how mature his fellow footballers consider him: he was nominated for Player of the Season and, although he was also eligible for Talent of the Season, he only finished fourth there.
Who this season Teddy Teuma (29) followed a bit, know that the Union captain belongs on this shortlist. Union’s turntable/strongholder/key player divided and conquered. With 14 goals and 17 assists across all competitions, he is one of the most valuable players in the Jupiler Pro League. A jewel for our football, this Maltese international.
Speaking of valuable players. mike treasure (24) has 8 goals and no less than 23 assists, a record since that statistic has been kept. His fabulous kicking technique has contributed more than average to KRC Genk’s strong season.
Tonight from 21:00 we will know more at the gala of the Pro League Awards. The presentation of the trophy can be followed on the live stream in the Nieuwsblad app and on Nieuwsblad.be from around 10 p.m.