AllThingsStJohnstone Fan Voted POTS

On the 7th of May we put a poll up on twitter asking you who St. Johnstone's Player of the Season (POTS) should be.


This vote received 102 votes in a couple of days and this post will cover the overall result of that poll. The overall % is only 99.9 due to the way that twitter works.


The choices were - Shaun Rooney, Ali McCann, David Wotherspoon and Jason Kerr as twitter only allows 4 options although you could pick just about any player from the Saints squad this season and give a good argument that they deserve to be POTS.


Players such as Liam Craig, Stevie May, Callum Booth, Jamie McCart, Liam Gordon and Zander Clark all narrowly missed out and there were plenty of others we could have included.


Here is how our vote ranked St. Johnstone's POTS:


4th Place: Shaun Rooney - 13.7%

[Shaun Rooney poses with the League Cup]


Summer signing and Cup final hero Shaun Rooney finishes bottom of the pile for our POTS vote. Rooney has been a talisman for St. Johnstone since he came into the side for Danny McNamara (after the youngster was recalled from loan by Millwall) and has made that right wing back role his own. The 'Bellshill Cafu' is also known as being quite the character and is a St. Johnstone fan-favourite.


Rooney scored crucial goals in the League cup against Dunfermline, Hibernian and of course Livingston as well as in a couple in the league too. He offered a threat down the right hand side and has been exciting to watch this season. His performances have gained plenty of praise and recognition from fans across the football and his marauding runs down the right are a joy.


Rooney has only really been a regular in the side for half of the season combined with slightly going off the boil for the last month or so has probably led to his placing. He is a class player but there are players in that squad who have had a better campaign.


3rd Place: Ali McCann - 15.7%

[McCann celebrates]


Saints academy graduate Ali McCann burst onto the scene in 2019 and has been a St. Johnstone regular since his emergence under Tommy Wright. The now 21-year old is arguable St. Johnstone's best and most valuable player and has become a Northern Ireland international.


Ali 'better than Zidane' McCann has been on top form this season, playing 34 league matches and being one of the first names on the St. Johnstone team sheet. Ali has produced consistently good performances for the last 18 months, being at the heart of just about everything good we have done on the pitch.


However, McCann isn't the flashiest of players and this season has had a bit of a reserved role. This means that he won't be grabbing all of the headlines, only scoring 2 goals this season, which means that while he is a regular performer he does not always get the recognition he may deserve. He's had a great season and could have easily finished top of this list.


2nd Place: Jason Kerr - 22.5%

[Kerr keeping his eyes on the prize]


Despite only being 24 years-old, Jason Kerr has been a St. Johnstone first team regular since 2018. The young centre-back is renowned for his pace and power, whilst also having technical ability with the ball at his feet. The youth academy product has been captain since 2019.


This has been Kerr's best season in a Saints shirt to date as he has formed an incredible back-3 partnership with Liam Gordon and Jamie McCart. The former Scotland Under-21 has been given room to roam and often finds himself overlapping on the right wing at times. Kerr has also been a brick wall in defence. To top it all off Kerr lifted the League Cup on the 28th of February.


Jason has been a force this campaign and easily could have been the POTS in my eyes. However, as a centre back he doesn't always earn the plaudits. Kerr has really come into form in the last 5 or so months which may play in the minds of the people, as top spot has been consistently good all season.


1st Place: David Wotherspoon - 48%

[Wotherspoon skips away from his marker]


David Wotherspoon is a Perth lad and joined Saints from Hibernian in 2013. Since his arrival he has been won both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup to become the most decorated player in St. Johnstone history whilst also starting both finals.


Now a Canadian international, this has been arguably Wotherspoon's best season in Perth as he has bagged 12 goal contributions - 6 goals and 6 assists - in all competitions. Wotherspoon has been a force to be reckoned with, whether that was on the wing or in the middle, under Callum Davidson with his tenacity and skill being a huge asset.


Wotherspoon has always been a good player but while in the past he may have been criticised for his decision making on the ball he has been on it this season. Ever since the departure of Matty Kennedy Wotherspoon has become a regular starter again and this increased responsibility has seen a huge response from a certified club legend.


Wotherspoon has performed when we need him most, providing some key goals and assists during our toughest patch of form of the season and has remained on top of his game throughout the year. Even earning himself a 2-year contract extension all the way back in February which will keep him at the club until 2023 - just in time for his testimonial.


Wotherspoon is the fully deserved POTS in my eyes and clearly the fans agree. At 48% he was close to half of the vote share and could easily have got a majority which puts him at the top of the pile. A deserved winner and a class player who we should enjoy while we still have him.

[The vote itself]


What a season from the midfield maestro!




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