Unlike some other sites we wait until the end of the season to do our awards. This was meant to go up on Sunday afternoon though, so we’re also clearly much lazier. Swings and roundabouts. Enjoy.
Player of the Season
Looking through the candidates, there’s no one obvious player who deserves this accolade. Carlos Tevez has been sensational for the majority of the season, but we’ve plumped for Nemanja Vidic. It’s often difficult for defenders to win awards, as their work is mostly shared between the organisation of a team and is less spectacular than an attacker’s, but the new Manchester United captain’s sheer dominance would impress even the most casual of observers. The fact he also should have won significant recognition for his performances in 2008/09 plus his team’s league success this season gives him the edge over his former teammate.
Young Player of the Season
As the only decent contender, it’s a shame Martin Kelly’s appearances were limited this season – he still wouldn’t have come that close to Javier Hernandez though. Chicharito’s taken Michael Owen’s spot in the United squad as the man with the “big goals”, while showing versatility on top of a poacher’s instinct.
Goal of the Season
Marco van Basten versus Stoke. No? We mean Gareth Bale‘s volley then.
Manager of the Season
As one of those who found it difficult to see where Blackpool would be getting any points this season, we must give Ian Holloway a lot of credit for his work, but it’s difficult to justify saying a manager whose team was ultimately relegated was the best of the year. Likewise with Kenny Dalglish, having been in charge at Liverpool for just half of the season. Sir Alex Ferguson is the next logical choice, yet United have been rather disappointing champions. Our choice was split between FA Cup finalists Tony Pulis of Stoke and Roberto Mancini of Man City, who have both noticeably improved their sides. Mancini, having beaten Pulis in the cup final, also wins this encounter – despite his considerable resources leaving many expecting more, the Italian’s work in making City look a dominant side is impressive.
Disappointment of the Season
It’s hard to look past Fernando Torres for this dubious honour. Despite his injury problems the year before, he had still been superb when he played, yet this season he’s looked nowhere near world class. He’s suffered from tactical choices – Liverpool’s lack of pressing and rigid structure, and the insistence on a striking partner at Chelsea – but that doesn’t excuse his lack of effort on Merseyside, or his seeming loss of ability at Chelsea.
Team of the Season
Honourable mentions: Branislav Ivanovic, Luka Modric, Stuart Holden, Yaya Toure, Jack Wilshere, David Silva