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2008-09 Player of the Year Contenders

With the international weekend upon us and all matters quiet on the domestic front, it seems a good time to write something of an all encompassing football article, rather than one with an exclusively Arsenal flavour. Currently, Professional Footballers and Sports Writers are being asked to cast their votes for Player of the Season. There are of course pitfalls to voting this early, leading candidates may well become subject to a colossal loss of form whilst other contenders sitting quietly in the background might succumb to 'Freddie Ljungberg syndrome` (i.e. being quite average for most of the season until a completely one off burst of form in the spring catapults you onto the podium). Still, since I have yet to receive my invitation to cast my vote as a Sports Writer, I thought I might as well publish my top ten candidates here. I will stress that these are solely my choices, so feel free to argue away, highlight any glaring omissions or just rage in general at my stultifying ignorance.

10- Jose REINA (Liverpool)- This season has been conspicuous by the fact that defences are largely producing a good innings. With Torres perma crocked, Henry and Horseface having said hasta manana to see out the autumn of their careers in Spain, the dominant twenty goal striker seems to be largely missing. (Kevin Davies is joint third highest scorer in the league!) In a league that appears to be similarly deprived of charismatic custodians, Reina has been the model of consistency, making crucial saves, organising his back four, rarely given to error and his swift distribution has been the source of many a Liverpool counter attack this year. Whilst van der Sar can claim that his clean sheet record earns him a place in my top ten, I would argue those in front of him protected him unswervingly, Reina I believe to be the finest keeper in the league right now. Plus, van der Sar looks a little bit like Pinocchio and I am not having that. Not in my top ten.

9- Titus BRAMBLE (Wigan Athletic)- A brief glance at the league table tells you that Wigan are sitting very pretty in seventh place, but if you glance a few columns further along, you will also see they have conceded 28 goals this season. That`s only one more than Arsenal have conceded to date. Whilst Steve Bruce continues to work miracles at a club that by rights, should have imploded with the sales of Heskey and Palacios in January, the Latics continue to chug along and make a mockery of their balance sheet. Whilst most of the focus has been drawn to the aforementioned and Luis Antonio Valencia, the form of Titus Bramble has been the real talk of Lancashire. The man formerly connected with the phrase "you know when you`ve been Brambled" has emerged as a calming influence at the back for Wigan and shushed many of his naysayers, myself included. Alongside Paul Scharner, Bramble has matured into a sturdy, leadership figure in Wigan`s rarely penetrated defence and its all due credit to him considering the brickbats that have been sent his way for many a year. Talk of an England call up is not so far fetched at all. The humble pie is cooling softly on the window sill, go grab yourself a slice. After me of course.

8- Robin van PERSIE (Arsenal)- Gooners have long salivated at over the prospect of a fully fit van Persie and this season we are seeing exactly why- to the tune of sixteen goals and ten assists. Whilst match winning cameos at Stamford Bridge and against Porto as well as a stunning effort against Liverpool have showed Robin has what it takes to make the difference against big opponents, the fact that he currently leads the way in the Premiership assists chart is worthy of equal recognition. One of his more offbeat stats shows he has struck woodwork fifteen times this campaign, but that shows you how often the mercurial Dutchman makes something happen in the vital areas. Robin has gone some way to dispelling two major doubts this season; firstly that he can string more than five games together. Secondly, that he could ever mature into any kind of team player (I definitely doubted that one), but ten assists shows that, though it`s been a long time coming at nearly 26, van Persie is finally maturing. Premiership defences might not be getting the upper hand much longer.

7- Ashley YOUNG (Aston Villa)- Had my vote been cast pre Christmas, Young would likely be troubling the top three, though a lack of squad depth at Villa Park has pushed Young into overkill. However, Young remains one of the league`s most exciting players, his crossing and set piece delivery rank amongst the finest in the league, while his ability to turn full backs inside and out from the left and the right mark Young out as the kind of player that wins matches (ask Everton!). Zokora was recently substituted after half an hour of facing Young for Spurs, whilst even Bacary Sagna wasn`t spared a torrid afternoon when Villa consummately outplayed Arsenal back in November, both goals coming from Young crosses. Many baulked when Martin O`Neil paid 9m for his services; that sum now looks a relative bargain for a player who will only get better so long as he preserves his attitude.

6- Tim CAHILL (Everton)- As David Moyes continues to work wonders on a shoestring with Everton, one of the great mysteries of Everton`s success has been "why the hell haven`t Premiership defences sussed Tim Cahill yet?!" Hardly the league`s most strapping physical presence, yet he still manages to find space in the penalty area in a manner unrivalled in this country since Martin 'The Ghost` Peters. Everton found themselves in a real conundrum pre January with all of their strikers injured, so Cahill was appointed chief front man. This role seldom works for goal scoring midfielders who prefer to make their runs from deep, yet Cahill had the intelligence to excel. When Cahill was injured at the start of the campaign, Everton were in the lower reaches of the table, yet his return to fitness has coincided with a charge towards the Champions League. It is for that reason he makes the list ahead of his impressive team mates Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta.

5- Xabi ALONSO (Liverpool)- At this point I was very tempted to put Gareth Barry at number five, but as far as defensive midfield anchors go, Alonso just pips him and Denilson. Alonso and Barry`s fates seem to be inextricably intertwined since last summer`s ongoing transfer saga involving the two, but like Barry, Alonso has shown commendable character to put that behind him and find a new lease of life in this Liverpool side. Much of the talk centres around Gerrard and Torres, but Alonso is the anchor that gives Gerrard license to soar. After very nearly joining Arsenal in the summer, Xabi has used his summer success with Spain to spur an already gifted footballer to new heights. His calm authority and economy with the ball perfectly compliments his team`s style and he has made himself simply undroppable for Benitez. I think Alonso is the player Denilson will eventually become.

4- Brede HANGELAND (Fulham)- One of the more inspired signings in Premiership history. When Roy Hodgson bought him to West London last January, Hangeland would have been preparing for life in the Championship. But after facilitating an unlikely escape, Hangeland has become the lynchpin of Fulham`s astronomic rise to mid table obscurity. Another look at the goals against column shows Fulham have conceded 26, one less than Arsenal. I rather doubt that that is predominantly down to John Pantsill! Hangeland is the big, strapping presence that was required in a Fulham team that had become far too nice, he offers leadership and has bought the best out of his previously inconsistent partner Aaron Hughes. The best defenders bring the best out of those around and Cottagers would attest that Hangeland has done that.

3- Steven GERRARD (Liverpool)- Regular readers will know I am one of Gerrard`s biggest detractors, but you simply cannot deny that Benitez has finally cracked how to get the best out of Gerrard. Too undisciplined and not nearly altruistic enough to play in central midfield, Benitez has utilised two of the game`s best spoilers in Mascherano and Alonso to push Gerrard further forward, where his buccaneering, Roy of the Rovers style is much more suited. It also means Liverpool do not have to suffer the site of Gerrard sitting deep and punting sixty yard Hollywood passes all over the shop. Dovetailing with Torres, Gerrard offers goals, assists and a range of shooting that is the envy of the Premiership. The number ten position is characterised down the years by ego driven players who are capable of moments of genius and Gerrard fits that profile perfectly. Whilst he has scored the same amount of domestic goals as Ronaldo this season, the fact that he leads the goal scoring charts in the Champions League is an undeniable insight into how good Gerrard can be in the last third of the pitch.

2- Nemanja VIDIC (Manchester United)- The reason there is only one United player featured in the list despite what looks to be another season of dominance, has been Ferguson`s utilisation of his whole squad. But one of the constants has been Vidic, whose form was the predominant reason United shattered a Premiership record for consecutive clean sheets. Ferdinand has been in worthy form too, but Vidic has been the glue that has held United`s backline together. No consistent right back, Evra has also been in and out, O`Shea has been asked to plug gaps, yet still van der Sar has found himself under deployed. A no nonsense, blood and guts centre half but with also the intelligence to read the game, Vidic is a dream defender. The only thing that counts against him is his lack of pace on the turn, which ahs seen him sent off for three professional fouls this season, whilst he was lucky not to see red for similar offences at St. James Park and the Emirates.

1-Frank LAMPARD (Chelsea)- A very deep breath in for this one and not because of Lampard`s waistline (had to get that one in). The current Chelsea side is as average and uninspiring as it has ever been in the Abramovic era, with Ballack looking less interested than ever, Mikel proving to be no kind of replacement for Makelele (we get it Jon Obi, you can rugby tackle) and Essien missing for much of the season, Scolari lamenting the lack of genuine class wingers in his squad and with Terry, Cech and Drogba not showing anything close to the form which bagged them two league titles in 2005 and 2006, Lampard has been one of the few Chelsea players to emerge with his reputation growing, let alone in tact. A shock sacking for a World Cup winning manager and an owner looking increasingly apathetic, Chelsea should be a club with implosion written all over it. Yet they are in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League, the Semi Finals of the F.A. Cup and remain on the coat tails of the title race. There has to be some reason? Well there is and its predominantly Lampard, playing the best football of his career, at 31 he still manages the box to box shifts which marked his kid twenties, but he has become more intelligent with his appreciation of his team mates in scoring positions, as well as his own ability to arrive in the box unmarked. Watch Anelka`s goal at Villa Park again and you`ll see Lampard dodge two tackles and lay off a defence splitting pass all in one movement. His goal scoring touch has not deserted him, his ability to create goals remains undiminished but now he actually seems capable of running a midfield, which he never managed before his thirties. The dignity with which he accepted his laughable red card at Anfield suggests he has grown up a great deal. Not the most talented player but one of the most dedicated.

Manager of the Year- STEVE BRUCE (Wigan Athletic)- Ferguson continues to build teams with the perfect blend of youth, flair, experience and graft to dominate the game, David Moyes yet again defies all logic by making Everton into a side to be feared whilst Martin O`Neil appears to be building a real dynasty at Aston Villa. But I simply cannot look beyond Steve Bruce as manager of the year. Wigan`s pre Christmas ascent into the top half of the table might have been construed as a purple patch, but since then, his credentials have been tested by the asset stripping of his squad. Bruce had put such an enticing side together, that the vultures circled and creamed his finest players from the top of his crop. But more shrewd moves in the market, such as the 1.5m signing of Ben Watson, have allayed any suggestion of freefall. Bruce has constructed a squad of waifs and strays, but he also seems to have the gift of imbuing confidence into players who had previously lost their way. Luis Antonio Valencia was considered hot property in Spain but lost his way, Emile Heskey and Titus Bramble`s careers seemed to be on a downward trajectory until Bruce arrived. He also refuses to blame referees for defeat, which probably goes some way to explaining his side`s resolute character.LD.




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Date:Friday March 27 2009

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Your Comments

Good choices. Surely Nasri has been better than Van Persie? Im not just saying this as a Spurs fan either but both Palacios (for both Wigan and us) and Lennon (whos our player of the season) have both been to quote 'Arry - "triffic" and could make your list. Player of the season for me personally is a toss up between Lampard or Gerrard. Theyve both carried their teams this season and have proved even the doubters just how good they are.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Good choices. Surely Nasri has been better than Van Persie? Im not just saying this as a Spurs fan either but both Palacios (for both Wigan and us) and Lennon (whos our player of the season) have both been to quote 'Arry - "triffic" and could make your list. Player of the season for me personally is a toss up between Lampard or Gerrard. Theyve both carried their teams this season and have proved even the doubters just how good they are.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Good choice. Maybe from a slightly biased point of view, but i think Van persie could of been slightly higher up. 9 Goals, 10 Assists, Woodwork 10+ times, Important goals against big teams. I would also have Gerrard No.1. If it was top 15 Denilson might of sneaked in.... Maybe
paul_ownz
Good choice. Maybe from a slightly biased point of view, but i think Van persie could of been slightly higher up. 9 Goals, 10 Assists, Woodwork 10+ times, Important goals against big teams. I would also have Gerrard No.1. If it was top 15 Denilson might of sneaked in.... Maybe
paul_ownz
Torres would make the top 10 somewhere. I think Gerrard will win it. people talk about Giggs but surely thats down to nostalgia.
gazzap
Torres would make the top 10 somewhere. I think Gerrard will win it. people talk about Giggs but surely thats down to nostalgia.
gazzap
Lennon is in good form, but it hasn't been over the whole season, I thought of Palacios before plumping for Bramble. Giggs has started 10 games and has 1 goal, good player but I agree with gazzap, talk of him winning it would make a mockery of the award. Torres has been injured for half the season, he can't be in there.
Little Dutch
Lennon is in good form, but it hasn't been over the whole season, I thought of Palacios before plumping for Bramble. Giggs has started 10 games and has 1 goal, good player but I agree with gazzap, talk of him winning it would make a mockery of the award. Torres has been injured for half the season, he can't be in there.
Little Dutch
why didnt we get Dr Drey durin d summer? he wld av bin up there wit d likes of gerard
gunnerchi
why didnt we get Dr Drey durin d summer? he wld av bin up there wit d likes of gerard
gunnerchi
After Euro 2008 and given the fact that the Russian season was still ongoing, signing AA in the summer would have seen him play for 14 months uninterrupted, whereas by signing him in January, we got a fresh player just out of pre season whose value had also subsided slightly since the summer hype.
Little Dutch
After Euro 2008 and given the fact that the Russian season was still ongoing, signing AA in the summer would have seen him play for 14 months uninterrupted, whereas by signing him in January, we got a fresh player just out of pre season whose value had also subsided slightly since the summer hype.
Little Dutch
Where as Pavlyuchenko after a very respectable return of 14goals in a struggling team is now looking exhausted.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Where as Pavlyuchenko after a very respectable return of 14goals in a struggling team is now looking exhausted.
HuddersfieldYiddo
If Giggs wins it I will cry. Whilst I do believe that Alonso deserves to be in there (win in actually) but he is not a midfield anchor. Mascherano is the guy winning the tackles, closing down and allowing Gerrard and Torres to go forward, even Alonso at times. My belief is that Denilson will become a tough Alonso. And also, Barry is not a DM.
Tom14
If Giggs wins it I will cry. Whilst I do believe that Alonso deserves to be in there (win in actually) but he is not a midfield anchor. Mascherano is the guy winning the tackles, closing down and allowing Gerrard and Torres to go forward, even Alonso at times. My belief is that Denilson will become a tough Alonso. And also, Barry is not a DM.
Tom14
Here is my team GK - Pepe Reina RB - Bacary Sagna LB - Gael Clichy CB - Nemanja Vidic CB - Jamie Carragher ACM - Steven Gerrard DCM - Xabi Alonso LW - Ashley Young RW Christiano Ronaldo St - Robin Van Persie St - Nicolas Anelka Managed by Steve Bruce MVP - Steven Gerrard Honorable mentions Torres, Arshavin, Lennon, Pavleychenko, Lampard, Friedel, Almunia Evans, Rio, Van der Saar, Carrick
operationmindcrime
Here is my team GK - Pepe Reina RB - Bacary Sagna LB - Gael Clichy CB - Nemanja Vidic CB - Jamie Carragher ACM - Steven Gerrard DCM - Xabi Alonso LW - Ashley Young RW Christiano Ronaldo St - Robin Van Persie St - Nicolas Anelka Managed by Steve Bruce MVP - Steven Gerrard Honorable mentions Torres, Arshavin, Lennon, Pavleychenko, Lampard, Friedel, Almunia Evans, Rio, Van der Saar, Carrick
operationmindcrime
Team based on current form GK Reina RB Sagna LB Clichy CB Toure CB Skyrtel DCM Mascherano ACM Steven Gerrard LW Nasri RW Arshavin St Robin Van Persie St Torres Managed by Torres
operationmindcrime
Team based on current form GK Reina RB Sagna LB Clichy CB Toure CB Skyrtel DCM Mascherano ACM Steven Gerrard LW Nasri RW Arshavin St Robin Van Persie St Torres Managed by Torres
operationmindcrime
sorry managed by Rafa
operationmindcrime
sorry managed by Rafa
operationmindcrime
operationmindcrime, talk about a superstar team, all of your players are top 4 bar Ashley Young. Arnt you forgeting the (so called) smaller teams with players such as Richards, Given, Cahill, Crouch (seemingly carrying portsmouth on his shoulders) even palacios has had a good season with his two clubs. C'mon Ronaldo has looked fairly ordenary for many of his matches.
gunner24
operationmindcrime, talk about a superstar team, all of your players are top 4 bar Ashley Young. Arnt you forgeting the (so called) smaller teams with players such as Richards, Given, Cahill, Crouch (seemingly carrying portsmouth on his shoulders) even palacios has had a good season with his two clubs. C'mon Ronaldo has looked fairly ordenary for many of his matches.
gunner24
well the top 4 are top 4 for a reason. Its always going to work like that. Had villa been in fourth position you proabably would have had agbonlahor and laursen in there along with barry or even millner. But seeing as they are not, there must be a reason. Secondly, I think ronaldo gets unbeleivable stick in this country. Sure he is not flying but to say he has been ordinary is ridiculous. He is United's top scorer and they are still top still alive on all fronts. Definitely not the player of the year but ordinary i dont think so.
operationmindcrime
well the top 4 are top 4 for a reason. Its always going to work like that. Had villa been in fourth position you proabably would have had agbonlahor and laursen in there along with barry or even millner. But seeing as they are not, there must be a reason. Secondly, I think ronaldo gets unbeleivable stick in this country. Sure he is not flying but to say he has been ordinary is ridiculous. He is United's top scorer and they are still top still alive on all fronts. Definitely not the player of the year but ordinary i dont think so.
operationmindcrime
Richards has been pathetic for large parts of this season.
Tom14
Richards has been pathetic for large parts of this season.
Tom14
Martin Laursen would have been a shoe in before his injury, Mark Schwarzer has been brilliant in goal for Fulham. Other than that I can only think of Stephen Ireland who is unlucky not to make your top 10.
iceman10
Martin Laursen would have been a shoe in before his injury, Mark Schwarzer has been brilliant in goal for Fulham. Other than that I can only think of Stephen Ireland who is unlucky not to make your top 10.
iceman10
gunner 24 - strictly speaking, that's not true. Glen Johnson has single handedly played right back, right wing, and centre back all at the same time, whilst David James - although he had a minor drop in form in december, is back to his good old best.
pompeycarpet
gunner 24 - strictly speaking, that's not true. Glen Johnson has single handedly played right back, right wing, and centre back all at the same time, whilst David James - although he had a minor drop in form in december, is back to his good old best.
pompeycarpet
Alonso is not a defensive midfielder, Mascherano is. Alonso is a central midfielder.
Ozi Gooner
Alonso is not a defensive midfielder, Mascherano is. Alonso is a central midfielder.
Ozi Gooner
Very agreeable choices there. With keepers, I'd like to mention Schwarzer and Howard as runners-up for me. If not for his high-profile mistakes against Liverpool, Vidic could well have been the PotY for me. Also agree with Paul re RvP, he could be higher up but that doesn't really matter, I guess we'll continue to monitor his performances and see if he could truly deliver in the long run. Of the Bramble humble pie I'll gladly take a big piece too. Bit in the defence category, Jagielka would just nick it, for me he's ahead of JT and Carragher this season, on par with Ferdinand in England. Manager is a tough one to call but I'd really give a strong shout for David Moyes. His signings were doubted in summer but Fellaini started well as a DM and amazingly played in the No. 10 role with Cahill ahead of him and got goals and results in their striker-less weeks. Young players like Gosling and Rodwell are coming through. They're in the semi-finals of the Cup, having knocked out strong PL teams Liverpool, Villa and Boro (not 'strong PL team' per se but they did put up a very strong performance on that day). Without Viduka, we'd thought they'd struggle, but they coped. Without Saha, they coped. With no recognisable strikers, Moyes moved Cahill up front, they coped. With injured midfielders like Pienaar and Osman at different stages of the season, they coped. I had then thought they'd finally struggle when Mikel Arteta got injured, but they're still coping admirably and pushing us and Villa. All these things done on a supposed shoestring budget. Let's wait and see, they even stand a chance to win the FAC! Despite getting knocked out of the UEFA Cup at an early stage, they actually put up a much better fight than the likes of Spurs and Villa. They just got the toughest draw among the English teams facing Standard Liege, who gave Liverpool a terrible scare at the CLQ stage as well. If they did a Pompey and landed a piece of silverware this year, Moyes should get ahead of Bruce imo; now for me he's at least on par with Bruce.
GoonerLou
Very agreeable choices there. With keepers, I'd like to mention Schwarzer and Howard as runners-up for me. If not for his high-profile mistakes against Liverpool, Vidic could well have been the PotY for me. Also agree with Paul re RvP, he could be higher up but that doesn't really matter, I guess we'll continue to monitor his performances and see if he could truly deliver in the long run. Of the Bramble humble pie I'll gladly take a big piece too. Bit in the defence category, Jagielka would just nick it, for me he's ahead of JT and Carragher this season, on par with Ferdinand in England. Manager is a tough one to call but I'd really give a strong shout for David Moyes. His signings were doubted in summer but Fellaini started well as a DM and amazingly played in the No. 10 role with Cahill ahead of him and got goals and results in their striker-less weeks. Young players like Gosling and Rodwell are coming through. They're in the semi-finals of the Cup, having knocked out strong PL teams Liverpool, Villa and Boro (not 'strong PL team' per se but they did put up a very strong performance on that day). Without Viduka, we'd thought they'd struggle, but they coped. Without Saha, they coped. With no recognisable strikers, Moyes moved Cahill up front, they coped. With injured midfielders like Pienaar and Osman at different stages of the season, they coped. I had then thought they'd finally struggle when Mikel Arteta got injured, but they're still coping admirably and pushing us and Villa. All these things done on a supposed shoestring budget. Let's wait and see, they even stand a chance to win the FAC! Despite getting knocked out of the UEFA Cup at an early stage, they actually put up a much better fight than the likes of Spurs and Villa. They just got the toughest draw among the English teams facing Standard Liege, who gave Liverpool a terrible scare at the CLQ stage as well. If they did a Pompey and landed a piece of silverware this year, Moyes should get ahead of Bruce imo; now for me he's at least on par with Bruce.
GoonerLou
One more thing - while Xabi Alonso is a good shout, he's not exactly a AM, as other posters have pointed out. And I'm torn between him and Stephen Ireland in midfield.
GoonerLou
One more thing - while Xabi Alonso is a good shout, he's not exactly a AM, as other posters have pointed out. And I'm torn between him and Stephen Ireland in midfield.
GoonerLou
Oops, I mean Xabi's not a DM per se, more like a box-to-box CM. But yes I agree that Denilson can take him as a role model, who's an even more complete all-round CM than his compatriot Gilberto.
GoonerLou
Oops, I mean Xabi's not a DM per se, more like a box-to-box CM. But yes I agree that Denilson can take him as a role model, who's an even more complete all-round CM than his compatriot Gilberto.
GoonerLou
I also meant Yakubu, not Viduka, for Everton. Also the good loan deal with Jo. Moyes has done very close to the best he could have, given the resources and circumstances.
GoonerLou
I also meant Yakubu, not Viduka, for Everton. Also the good loan deal with Jo. Moyes has done very close to the best he could have, given the resources and circumstances.
GoonerLou
What about Arshavin. When he will be in this list also?
Askhat
What about Arshavin. When he will be in this list also?
Askhat
He will not be in the list unless he plays superble well until the end of the season in nearly every game. But Ireland does not deserve to be in there Lou, Alonso has been superb.
Tom14
He will not be in the list unless he plays superble well until the end of the season in nearly every game. But Ireland does not deserve to be in there Lou, Alonso has been superb.
Tom14
I never thought I'd see this article in my life. Frank Lampard receiving praise from rival fans. I'm in awe.
k_chelski
I never thought I'd see this article in my life. Frank Lampard receiving praise from rival fans. I'm in awe.
k_chelski
Hey.wat about the worst signings of the season so far: Definately David Bentley tops this list,others include Deco,Julien Faubert(...he was rubbish,didnt understand his loan move to Madrid,from Galacticos to this,Fiorentino Perez will be back,am sure), the most expensive Sunderland keeper of all time Craig Gordon,I think,and in my personal opinion Dimitar Berbatov, for 30million he has not made 2ce the impact Arshavin has made for 15 million in 2ce the time. What do you guys think,other suggestions would also be appreciated.
D'arsassin
Hey.wat about the worst signings of the season so far: Definately David Bentley tops this list,others include Deco,Julien Faubert(...he was rubbish,didnt understand his loan move to Madrid,from Galacticos to this,Fiorentino Perez will be back,am sure), the most expensive Sunderland keeper of all time Craig Gordon,I think,and in my personal opinion Dimitar Berbatov, for 30million he has not made 2ce the impact Arshavin has made for 15 million in 2ce the time. What do you guys think,other suggestions would also be appreciated.
D'arsassin
Flops? You need not look at any other place do you? Malouda, Deco, Quaresma... (some may say LPS himself too but I wouldn't go that far.)
GoonerLou
Flops? You need not look at any other place do you? Malouda, Deco, Quaresma... (some may say LPS himself too but I wouldn't go that far.)
GoonerLou
Major Flops of the season are Bentley, Deco, Cuellar and Coloccini.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Major Flops of the season are Bentley, Deco, Cuellar and Coloccini.
HuddersfieldYiddo
manager of year has to be rednapp, brink of relegartion 2 points from 8 games now 3 points from 7th, unsussessful manager must go to wenger again
123spurs
manager of year has to be rednapp, brink of relegartion 2 points from 8 games now 3 points from 7th, unsussessful manager must go to wenger again
123spurs
Unsussessful? Can you sspelll?
k_chelski
Unsussessful? Can you sspelll?
k_chelski
It will be surprise if it is not one of Lampard, Gerrard or Vidic. But Vidic's 2 red cards can prove to be a factor against him.
crazyforchelsea
It will be surprise if it is not one of Lampard, Gerrard or Vidic. But Vidic's 2 red cards can prove to be a factor against him.
crazyforchelsea
Quite surprised by that. For me, Lampard has had an average season compared to his usual heights. I reckon the nominated six will be Gerrard, Alonso, Vidic, Giggs (have no idea why), Ronaldo and Van Persie. Unless of course Torres scores goal after goal after goal after goal in the last few matches! Winner for me is Gerrard.
Aamir
Quite surprised by that. For me, Lampard has had an average season compared to his usual heights. I reckon the nominated six will be Gerrard, Alonso, Vidic, Giggs (have no idea why), Ronaldo and Van Persie. Unless of course Torres scores goal after goal after goal after goal in the last few matches! Winner for me is Gerrard.
Aamir
 

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