Jason Demetriou was a consistent player in Blues’ 17/18 squad and his exceptional performances and attacking style was rewarded with an impressive eight goals.
Here's Demetriou’s season in numbers:
|League One apps||42|
|League One starts||41|
|Minutes played (league)||3704|
|Shots on target||17|
|Left foot goals||0|
|Right foot goals||8|
|Inside of the box goals||6|
|Goals outside of the box||2|
|Goals from set-pieces||0|
The 30-year-old right-back started the season well and maintained his starting place despite the rise of up-and-coming Elvis Bwomono. Late into August and Demetriou was called up to play International football for Cyprus as they competed for a place in the 2018 World Cup Finals, leaving Bwomono to deputise.
Following the return from his duties he managed to get his name on the scoresheet against Northampton Town and one week later he did the same against AFC Wimbledon. After the tricky month of September, he was once again called into action by his country and went onto face Greece and Belgium’s squad which featured Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku.
Demetriou continued to perform in his position of right-back and was eventually called upon to take Blues’ spot-kicks after the team had failed to convert four penalties on the trot.
The Cypriot's opportunity came against Oldham Athletic at the start of December, and he coolly sent the keeper the wrong way to end the penalty woes.
On 23rd December he got his name on the scoresheet again, netting the opener against Scunthorpe and ended the first half of the season with four goals to his name.
In the New Year Demetriou didn't take too long to find the back of the net again, with another goal against Northampton Town from the spot.
A month later he ended Blues’ away struggles, scoring the only goal in the game from the spot to beat Peterborough 1-0. It was Chris Powell's side first away win since October.
Two weeks later Demetriou scored a brace against Portsmouth and in doing so he topped the goalscoring charts with eight goals to his name. Towards the end of the season he was called up by his country and which forced him to miss the 2-0 win over Rotherham.
Demetriou now leads the way as Southend's highest capped international after passing George McKenzie who represented Republic of Ireland.