Player of the Day: Michael Turner

by Ashley Houghton

Defender takes spotlight.

Michael Turner spent three years on Wearside between 2009 and 2012 and made 77 appearances as the Black Cats recorded their highest top-flight finishes since 2001.

Turner began his career with Charlton Athletic where he progressed through the youth ranks before joining Leyton Orient, and then Brentford, on loan.

He moved to Griffin Park permanently in November 2004 and won the Bees’ Player of the Season during his first campaign before moving to Hull City a season later.

After a steady first year at the KC Stadium, Turner’s form improved immensely and he was voted as the Tigers’ Player of the Year for their 2007-08 promotion winning campaign.

And, despite Hull’s relegation from the top-flight in their first season, Turner still shined, playing every minute of every league game for the Tigers, winning the Player of the Season award for the second consecutive campaign.

Turner proved his worth in the Barclays Premier League and, as a result, attracted interest from multiple top-flight teams upon Hull’s relegation.

Sunderland were Turner’s preferred suitors and he eventually joined the Black Cats at the end of August 2009.

He made his Black Cats debut against the Tigers as Sunderland ran out 4-1 winners at the Stadium of Light whilst he scored his first goal in the following home game as Steve Bruce’s side hammered Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2.

The Lewisham-born defender made 32 appearances in his first campaign on Wearside as the Black Cats finished 13th in the Barclays Premier League.

Turner added a further 17 appearances to his Black Cats tally during the 2010-11 season as Sunderland finished 10th in the Barclays Premier League.

He continued to impress when selected for the Black Cats, though Turner was always fighting injury towards the end of his time on Wearside and he made 29 appearances in his final campaign.

Turner joined Norwich City in 2012 and played 28 times last season as the Canaries secured their Barclays Premier League status for a second consecutive season.