Gray deserves award - Dyche

Andre Gray
Andre Gray

Sean Dyche believes Andre Gray is a worthy recipient of the Championship Player of the Year award.

Having already been named FourFoutTwo player of the season for the second tier, Gray saw off opposition from Brentford's Alan Judge and Ross McCormack to claim the same title at the Football League Awards on Sunday night.

Having invested a club record £6m in the 24-year-old, Dyche has been delighted with the return on the outlay, with Gray top-scorer in the Championship with 24 goals, and he said: "It's only his second season at this level and he's done fantastically well, he's still learning and improving, getting used to how we play and his depth of knowledge of being a footballer.

"But I think to be recognised for the goals he's got is fantastic, and he deserves that.

"He's delivered on and off the pitch.

"He's a great lad, a great character - I like him a lot, and so do the other players.

"That's important, I like good people and I think we have that here. That adds to the success you can get.

"He's delivered since he's been here, scoring straightaway, a lot was made of the £37.5m we paid for him, and he's handled that very well.

"He's seen through that and keeps scoring goals.

"He likes the support from the group, the other strikers, and knows he's part of that group, and without that, he can't score the goals he does.

"The team recognise that, the piece in the puzzle he plays, and he's growing into the season.

"Sam Vokes has been excellent as well, I'm pleased with all my players but a number have been outstanding."