Welcome to the first edition of the football fan-vote, where we take a step back and let you control the front page. The Sports Bulletin team has been busy weaving a series of short surveys between the daily football news items to build the ultimate guide to the Premier League season, through the eyes of the people who matter most, the fans.
We asked your opinions on how this this year’s campaign would end, and under which circumstances… collating 1,000 votes from visitors to our website we were able to produce the following results complete with a juicy infographic, which you can share with your fellow fans online.
On asking 1,000 participants ‘Which team has done the best transfer business this summer?’ it raised nobody’s eyebrows when Chelsea edged to pole position with over half the votes. The West London team stole 51% of the votes, followed in second place by Arsenal with 28%. Surprisingly only 6% voted for Man United, just pipping Liverpool with 4% and Tottenham’s 1%.
Question two was a battle set up for this year’s high-flying imports, when asked ‘Which new signing will perform best in the Premiership?’ you gave Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla the top spot. The Spaniard hogged 47% of the votes, beating Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (29%) and new Liverpool acquisition Joe Allen (9%). Man United fans were again shy in voting, RVP achieved just 7%, Victor Moses was fifth with 3%.
In question three you were certain that a London club would be top of the league by Christmas, but divided over Chelsea and Arsenal. The Blues just managed to outpoint Arsenal, leaving a gaping hole between the rest of the pack. To our surprise and Brendan Rodgers’ delight you predicted Liverpool would rise above both Manchester teams and Tottenham by the end of December.
When asked ‘Which strike partnership will achieve the most goals this season?’ you went with the most expensive forward line in British history, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero of Man City. The douboe team accrued almost twice the number of votes as second place Torres and Sturridge of Chelsea. RVP and Rooney were third, Arsenal’s new-look forward line in fourth place just ahead of Newcastle’s Ba and Cisse.
You voted Chelsea stopper Petr Cech as having the most clean sheets this season, ahead of England international Joe Hart, who received a quarter of the total nominations. Only Man United’s David De Gea was join those votes entered double figures, sitting ahead of Swansea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle’s keepers who all accumulated 17% collectively.
As our final question we asked you which names would end up in the referee’s book throughout the season, which came back with an almost even three-way tie. Former England captain John Terry stole the limelight with 19% of the votes, narrowly beating Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole, so no surprises there. Cheik Tiote of Newcastle and Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen also score high.