Honour for Alvaro

Alvaro Gimenez scoring against Reading
Alvaro Gimenez scoring against Reading

Blues striker Alvaro Gimenez has been honoured for his goalscoring achievements in Spain.

Gimenez won two trophies at the prestigious Marca Football Awards on Monday night.

The ceremony recognises the best players and coaches in Spain's top two divisions.

Gimenez won the Segunda Division Pichichi top-scorer trophy for LaLiga SmartBank (second tier).

He bagged 20 goals in 2018/19 for Almeria, which included a spell of 11 in the last 10 games, incorporating a hat-trick and three braces.

He opened the scoring in 12 matches throughout the season, more than any other player.

Gimenez also received the Zarra trophy for the most prolific Spanish player.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi claimed the LaLiga Santander Pichichi trophy for his 36 goals in Spain's top-flight, and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak the Zamora prize for best goalkeeper.

Gimenez enjoyed the most productive campaign of his career at Almeria.

The 20 goals he scored came from just 64 shots, representing an impressive conversion rate of 31 per cent. From the penalty spot, Gimenez scored five out of six attempts.

Gimenez saw off competition Quique Gonzalez (RC Deportivo) and Ruben Castro (UD Las Palmas), who scored 16 and 15 goals respectively.

Gimenez's exploits made him a hot property in the summer and Blues beat off competition to sign him on a Bosman.

The 28-year-old has settled into life in England well and scored three times so far for Blues, each goal proving significant.

Congratulations, Alvaro!