We’re down to the final two now as the Championship is drawing to a close. Dublin, who defeated Kerry in Sunday’s All-Ireland Semi-Final will now meet Mayo on the 18th of September and how that game transpires will have a huge bearing on who will claim the Footballer of the Year award. Dublin had all three nominations on the 2015 list with Jack McCaffrey, Bernard Brogan and Philly McMahon selected. McCaffrey won the award in the end, but there will be a new name on the award this year.
So many will feel that the list be all Dublin players and to be fair it is hard to argue with that. However, I have decided to come up with my top 5 players who I feel will be in the running for the award.
1. Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin) – Kilkenny is the bookies second favourite for the award at 4/1. He has had an excellent season to date. Although Kilkenny had a quiet day against Kilkenny, if he puts in a big performance in the final he will surely take the award.
2. Lee Keegan (Mayo) – Keegan has had an outstanding season to date. He has been at the top his game in all championship games. He was the hero for Mayo in the quarter final win over Tyrone and was excellent against Tipperary when marking Michael Quinlivan. He is one of the best defenders in the game and he will be surely be tasked on marking Kilkenny in the final. Keegan is a 12/1 shot.
3. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) – Has to be given a mention for the award. Connolly has been excellent this year, he has all the skills that is required for the game and he makes it look so easy when on the ball. If he has a big game against Mayo he will be at least one of the nominees. Connolly is currently priced at 6/1.
4. Brian Fenton (Dublin) – The bookies favourite as of now but Fenton will have to have a massive game against Mayo. He played superb against Kerry in midfield on Sunday. He is one of the best in the game. Fenton is priced at 3/1.
5. Kevin McMenamon (Dublin) – So often the hero for Dublin, McMenamon put in a man of the match performance against Kerry. He was superb to be fair and his work rate was exemplary. He is excellent running with the ball at pace and hard to stop when he is doing this. The Mayo defenders will have to be on their guard on the 18th of September. McMenamon is priced at 15/2.