HENRY TOPS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER POLL
By Patrick Goss. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
THIERRY HENRY romped to victory in the planetfootball.com poll to find out who the nation considers the most improved footballer this seaon.
Arsenal`s prodigious French striker took 27% of over 1000 votes to emerge as clear winner after proving his undoubted abilities also extend to goalscoring this season.
His nearest rival, beyond the ever-popular `other` vote for those of you who disagree with our selection, was Everton`s Nicky Barmby with 167 votes (14%).
Barmby has managed to resurrect his career this season - to the extent of being mentioned as a candidate of Kevin Keegan`s Euro 2000 squad for the summer.
Another player who is being mentioned as an international, albeit not as an England star, is third place Muzzy Izzett - with 12% of the total vote.
Izzett has decided that his international loyalties now lie with Turkey - although there is still some conjecture as to whether the Leicester star will be picked for the European Championships.
Middlesbrough`s England U21 international Andy Campbell has progressed in leaps and bounds this year, and the more discerning voters (7% of you ) picked out the striker as one to watch.
Steffen Iversen has surprised many people this year by forcing his way into the top-goalscorer charts, and 60 of you have recognised the fact that the talented Norwegian is now being recognised as the man to watch in the Spurs attack.
Tying with Iversen for your plaudits is `tricky` Trevor Sinclair - who has been superb once more in the claret and blue of West Ham.
The former Blackpool star scored one of the best goals of the 90s when he played for QPR and 5% of you think he is close to repeating that level of format at the highest level.
Ed de Goey has backed up a solid domestic campaign in the Chelsea goal with heroics in The Blues` European campaign - and polled a credible 47 votes.
Last placed was shared between Gerry Taggart - labelled by Martin O`Neill as his choice for the most improved player, and Carl Cort - who appears to have lost the public interest in his progression at Wimbledon - each earning just 3% of the votes.