BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, July 27, 2021: Tranmere Rovers' Paul Glatzel, on loan from Liverpool FC, in action during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Sunderland AFC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool loanee picks up end-of-season award after injury ends campaign

Paul Glatzel may have seen his loan spell at Tranmere curtailed by injury, but the Liverpool striker’s performances were recognised with an end-of-season award.

Having joined Tranmere on a season-long deal in July, Glatzel battled through fitness issues to establish himself as a key player for Micky Mellon’s side.

After netting his debut goal in November, the 21-year-old went on to score six and assist a further five in 21 appearances for the League Two club, including winners against Oldham and Bradford.

Glatzel averaged a goal or assist every two hours while at Tranmere, and though they still have a campaign-closer at Leyton Orient to play on Saturday, only one player, Kane Hemmings (13), has directly contributed to more goals.

Paul Glatzel (Image: Richard Ault / Tranmere Rovers)

For the Liverpool loanee, however, the season is already over, having returned to Kirkby to undergo treatment on a hamstring injury suffered in mid-March.

He is still working on his recovery at the Reds’ academy facility, but was back at Prenton Park on Sunday for Tranmere’s end-of-season awards ceremony.

It was there that Glatzel picked up the season’s Man of the Match award – having been named Man of the Match more times than any other Tranmere player over the course of 2021/22.

Taking to Instagram, Glatzel said he was “happy to have won,” and was congratulated by the likes of Tyler Morton, Missy Bo Kearns, Harvey Davies, Liam Coyle and Tranmere team-mate Jay Spearing.

It has been a frustrating end to the season for Glatzel, but his performances when fit have proved he is capable of shining as a senior professional.

That could perhaps even come at a higher level than League Two, with it likely that the striker fields interest in his services throughout the summer transfer window.