Jamshedpur FC forward Greg Stewart who stole the headlines for the stunning free-kick against Kerala Blasters FC has been awarded the Hero of the Month award for December 2021, a prize which is given to the best player in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) every month.
As per the voting criteria, fans’ votes count towards 50% of the vote share and experts’ votes account for the remaining 50%. The forward has been chosen as per the fans’ and experts’ votes between period that started from 1 PM on January 3 and ended at 1 PM on January 5.
Stewart received just 9% of the fans’ votes but the experts favored him heavily as he was picked for the award by eight out of the eleven experts on the panel. Thus, his cumulative percentage stood at 41, just ahead of Kerala Blasters FC’s Sahal Abdul Samad who received a whopping 79% of the fans’ votes. But with no expert picking the Kerala Blasters FC midfielder, he missed out on the award by a whisker as his cumulative percentage stood at 39.5.
Stewart also beat Hyderabad FC’s Bartholomew Ogbeche, ATK Mohun Bagan’s Liston Colaco and Mumbai City FC’s Igor Angulo who were in contention for the December 2021 prize.
The 31-year-old was phenomenal for Jamshedpur FC in December 2021, scoring five goals in six matches for Owen Coyle’s team that accounted for 50% of the goals the team scored in the month. He also provided 2 assists and created 24 chances for the team in December 2021.
The Scottish forward who arrived in India this year has made an instant impact helping Jamshedpur FC to be in the thick of things as far as the race for the semi-final spots is concerned.
As the Men of Steel look to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time in their history, Stewart is certain to play a key role in the rest of the season.
Stewart follows Javi Hernandez as the second player to receive the Hero of the Month award this season after the Odisha FC midfielder won the prize for November 2021.
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