Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has been named the Supporters’ Player of the Season at Birmingham City.
The 24-year-old scooped the award on Sunday, at the do which was held at ICC.
His award comes despite the fact that Sarkic hasn’t actually played for the club since sustaining an injury against QPR in the club’s first Championship game of 2022.
The ace suffered a dislocated shoulder, for which he required surgery.
Unfortunately, it meant the end of his season, and the Montenegro international headed back to Wolves.
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The injury was hugely unfortunately for Sarkic, who had been enjoying a stellar campaign up until that point.
He had kept 10 clean sheets in 23 games for Birmingham, and had really established himself as a crowd favourite at St. Andrew’s.
It will be interesting to see if this has any bearing on Sarkic’s future.
There were reports last month that Birmingham had been in contact with Wolves about potentially signing Sarkic on a permanent deal.
Birmingham fans clearly feel very strongly about Sarkic since they’ve voted him as their Player of the Season, despite missing so much of the campaign.
That might well come into his thinking during the off-season.
But it might be that Bruno Lage wants to take a look at Sarkic with a view to making him Jose Sa’s understudy next term.
John Ruddy may well leave in search of a new challenge when his contract expires in the summer.
Sarkic Player of the Season award clearly shows Birmingham fans’ feelings about the Wolves star
It speaks volumes that Sarkic has won the Supporters’ Player of the Season award despite only featuring for half the campaign.
It was not a good season for Birmingham, who finished just one place above the relegation zone.
They finished the season with 75 goals conceded, making them the fourth-worst defensive outfit in the division.
Sarkic was coming in for praise most weekends when he was playing at the start of the season.
The fans clearly haven’t forgotten about him, and it seems many would really like to see him back at the club.
It remains to be seen if Wolves will entertain that particular idea.