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Vote For Your 2015/16 Reading FC Player Of The Year

There's five candidates to choose from as you can vote for who deserves the honour of being named the best player in a disappointing season.

The 2015/16 Championship season may have finished over three weeks ago, but for one final time we're asking you to cast your minds back to the campaign in which Reading finished 17th after a promising start.

Aaron Tshibola won our 'Rookie of the Year' award, but now it's time for the big one. Which player was the best performer in an underachieving Royals side? Last year,

The Criteria

We've based our top five on the players who had the most Man of the Match awards as voted for by you. However, it does mean that skipper Paul McShane, who was in the top three of the club's award, doesn't make the cut as the Irishman won just two Man of the Match awards across the campaign.

The Contenders

In alphabetical order, stats from all competitions.

Ali Al-Habsi

Appearances: 40, Clean Sheets: 9, TTE Average Rating: 6.1, MOTM Awards: 6

Before Christmas, Ali Al-Habsi would have been nowhere near this award following numerous blunders including against Everton to knock us out of the League Cup and against QPR which proved to be Steve Clarke's last game in charge.

But the veteran stopper cemented his place in the team under Brian McDermott and has become a fans favourite after some superb performances between the sticks that have often kept us in games. Al-Habsi won the club's player of the season award, but will he win yours?

Nick Blackman

Appearances: 28, Goals: 13, Assists: 3, TTE Average Rating: 6.4, MOTM Awards: 6

You better believe he scores goals. After his usual impressive pre-season, Nick Blackman was expected to under-perform again as always, but the forward was the star of the Reading team that surged to second in the table. With blistering pace and excellent finishing (qualities he's supposedly always had!), at one point Blackman went on a run of 10 goals in 10 games before both he and the whole team went off the boil.

Even so, Derby County paid £3 million for him in January, but the 26 year old is yet to score at iPro. There's no doubt though that without his goals, Reading would have been in serious trouble.

Oliver Norwood

Appearances: 50, Goals: 3, Assists: 12, TTE Average Rating: 6.0, MOTM Awards: 6

A much debated player on social media due to the fact he tops a lot of the Championship stat tables, whatever you think of Oliver Norwood, it's hard to disagree he was one of Reading's better performers in 2015/16.

Especially before Christmas, when he won our November and December player of the month awards, the Northern Irishman showed that he was one of the best passers in the division. Norwood's creativity is shown with his high assist tally, whilst there's rumours that Burnley and Bournemouth want to take him to the Premier League this summer.

Stephen Quinn

Appearances: 33, Goals: 1, Assists: 3, TTE Average Rating: 6.3, MOTM Awards: 5

There's no doubting Stephen Quinn's impact on this team despite the fact he didn't get many goals and assists in 2015/16. When he plays, the Irishman is always one of the best players on the pitch and I don't think I would be going too far in saying he 'oozes class'.

Quinn's injury back in September was followed by Reading's slump in form, which I don't think is a coincidence. He has been used both on the left wing and in the centre of midfield and doesn't look out of place in either position. There, have I done him enough justice Wimb? ;)

Hal Robson-Kanu

Appearances: 35, Goals: 5, Assists: 7, TTE Average Rating: 6.4, MOTM Awards: 6

Two time winner of the underachiever award named after him, Hal Robson-Kanu was at the other end of the spectrum in 2015/16, finding a home on the right wing following the departure of Blackman. He won our player of the month awards in January and February, finally showing the quality regularly that he has only shown glimpses of before.

The suggestion that these performances (that earned him the joint highest average rating in the team) were only to put himself in the shop window I think is irrelevant. The Welshman will indeed leave the Madejski Stadium though this summer when his contract expires.

So there are the contenders! First placed votes are worth five points, second is three and a third placed vote gets you one. The deadline for voting is Wednesday 1st June, when we'll reveal the result.

If on mobile please click here to be taken to the voting form.

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