Guardian Picks Holebas As Watford POTY
He may no longer be in the national team frame after retiring from the Ethniki last fall, but Jose Holebas is still managing to impress at club level. The Guardian unveiled its players of the season for every Premier League team earlier this week. And the German-born, left-back, topped the list as Watford’s Player of the Year, as selected by WhoScored.com (part of the Guardian Sports Network).
Holebas joined the likes of Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, and Paul Pogba amongst others who earned recognition as their club’s top performer of the season.
The former Greek international earned a 6.99 rating for his performances this season. Martin Laurence, the chief editor of WhoScored.com, a site that specializes in in-depth analysis of football data, had this to say about Holebas:
“José Holebas has been a consistent performer for Watford this season, with the experienced left-back topping the assist charts for the club, with four. The 32-year-old has attacked well – he ranks high for key passes (1.1) and dribbles per game (1.3) – without shirking his defensive responsibilities, as shown by his 1.8 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game.”
While Watford’s campaign may not have hit the heights, Holebas enjoyed a mostly positive season on an individual level. One statistic perhaps overlooked by WhoScored.com was that Holebas did indeed pick up 14 yellow cards this season in his 32 starts. That saw him tie the record for most cautions in a Premier League season.