Chris Gunter is quite possibly the most debated player in the Reading squad at the moment, with half of the fanbase criticising his every move and the other half defending the full-back.
But there’s no such debate in Gunter’s home country across the Severn Bridge, as he has tonight received the FA Wales Player of the Year award, ending Gareth Bale’s monopoly in the process - the Real Madrid superstar had picked up the accolade in the previous four years.
28-year-old Gunter has been an ever-present for club and country for what seems like forever and he has now been rewarded for his dedication. This week he will join up with The Dragons for their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland looking to add to his 81 caps - placing him only behind Neville Southall and Gary Speed in the all-time Welsh appearance records.
Speaking at the ceremony in the Vale of Glamorgan, Gunter said:
“It’s a surprise...it’s normally Gaz!
“You never think you deserve individual trophies. But I always like to think I give my best. I pride myself on that.”
Elsewhere, fellow Royal David Edwards, who signed from Wolves this summer, picked up the media choice award, an accolade voted for by members of the press and one that incidentally Gunter won last year.