Bristol Rovers alternative player ratings from the 2021/22 season: Elliot Anderson shines but Loft disappoints

James Belshaw was named the official Player of the Year but how does he stack up with his peers?

Bristol Rovers had an unpredictable 2021/22 season, looking firstly like relegation candidates before achieving automatic promotion.

It was a campaign that perhaps not one player stood out and instead a team effort, which saw the Gas go from 17th in the New Year to third on the final day of the campaign.

A Player of the Year had to be announced and after a day of partying after beating Scunthorpe United, the squad sat down for the awards and it was James Belshaw that claimed the big prize.

Discarded by league rivals Harrogate Town last summer, the 31-year-old displaced Anssi Jaakkola and became the number one, earning an impressive 17 clean sheets.

Top scorer Aaron Collins perhaps personified Rovers’ season by waiting long for his first goal and then hitting a career best, finishing the campaign with 16 goals in the league.

There were also plenty of contenders for the Young Player of the Year award with Luca Hoole, James Connolly and Connor Taylor all under the age of 21-years-old with each staking a claim.

Before January, Antony Evans was the man that Rovers relied on for their source of inspiration both goals and assists but the arrival of Elliot Anderson changed that. His arrival brought a more pleasing style of play with the two combining well.

Using WhoScored, which is used by the English Football League to decide their EFL Awards both weekly, monthly and seasonal, we look at how every member of the Rovers squad fared from best to worst.

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