Young Nigeria midfielder Michael Olise has been named EA Sports Player of the Season on Thursday night. The Nigerian descent midfielder received the award at the English Football League Awards.
He was close to making an appearance for Nigeria after Gernot Rohr named him on the standby list ahead of the game against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho.
The Reading midfielder has been impressive for the Championship side, scoring six goals and provided ten assists in forty-two league games.
Olise played for Manchester United and Chelsea at the youth level before joining the Royals in 2016. He made his debut in a 3-0 win over Leeds United on 12 March 2019.
He scored his first goal for the Royals on 19 September 2019 against Barnsley and signed his first professional contract on 15 July 2019.
The Nigerian descent midfielder won the award ahead of Blackburn Rovers winger Harvey Elliott and Norwich City fullback Max Aarons. It was a memorable event for him because he lost the EFL Young Player of the Season in April 2021.
Born in Hammersmith, Olise featured in the Championship Team of the Season. He was deployed – in the central midfield position in a 4-4-2 formation.
However, Arnaut Danjuma of Bournemouth – is also included in the list.