The real footballer of the year

by Martin

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Its coming around to that time of year when people start discussing who will be voted footballer of the year. Last season was pretty clear cut. Cristiano Ronaldo was outstanding and swept the board. This season no one player has stood out like that, well apart from Vidic (Pre Liverpool game) but when did a defender ever get the recognition they deserved?

Despite the lack of a strong candidate I think we can safely assume that the shortlist will be a dull as ever. Does anyone think that it won’t feature Lampard, Terry, Gerrard, Rooney, Ronaldo and Torres regardless of how well they have performed over the whole season. And Drogba too for that matter. Yes I know Giggs is a stick on for nomination, not because he is the best player this year but because he has played for a long time. If that is the criteria then maybe Dean Windass should get a nod!

We all know that the list wil be almost exclusively from the Dull 4 clubs, just throw in Robinho from outside the elite as the token nod to the other 16 clubs and everyone will be happy! So I got to thinking how refreshing it would be if we could have a real footballer of the year vote. Taken from those other 16 clubs, lets look at players who have performed brilliantly all season, and made a genuine contribution to their team’s fortunes, be it in punching above their weight or simply staying off the bottom. My shortlist is as follows, tell me yours, lets have a mass debate (arf)….

Top 6 in no particular order


Stephen Ireland

Manchester City

Probably the most improved player of the season. When someone at the club said that Kaka would have struggled to displace him he wasn’t joking, he has the lot, flicks, goals, tackles, shiny head. Potential to be one of the greats, wish he was English, he’d get a lot more press if he was.


Tim Cahill


I know he is a bit of a git, and very unpopular but how good has he been this season, playing half of it up front out of position and banging them in. One of two Evertonians in this list.


Mikel Arteta


How many assists? And add in his goals too! The complete midfielder, one of the key reasons Everton are banging on the door of 5th place, and if they don’t make it, it will have a lot to do with his absence for the rest of the season.


Ashely Young

Aston Villa

The best left sided player in the league, bar none. Why he isn’t in the England side on a regular basis no-one knows. O’Neill loves a lefty and Ashley is as good as any he has had.


Danny Murphy


Who would have thought that the Cottagers would be so safe so soon? And the performances in midfield of this man have a lot to do with that. He is just quality whoever he plays for


Robert Green

West Ham

Been really solid for the Hammers this year and why he is behind Calamity in the England reckoning is anybody’s guess. Good season for West Ham, good season for Green.

If I had to pick a winner out of that lot it’d probably be Ireland. So go on then, who have I forgotten? Whos is your footballer of the year from outside the dullards?



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  • Stevie

    what about Carlton Cole? You may laugh but he has been West Ham’s most important player, look how poor they were last night without him. He’s def the most improved.

    He also scored the goal of the season at Newcastle…

  • tef1on

    Tim Cahill all the way! Everton haven’t had a striker all season and this guy has helped them into pos 5 in the table!

  • Darren

    I’d go with Cahill too, I still can’t believe no one has come in for him, no disrespect to Everton but Cahill is as good if not better then any of the players in the top 4. Imagine Cahill and Fabregas as a partnership, would be awesome!

  • Charlie

    What about Johnny Woodgate at the Lane? I know Spurs have had a shocking season, but that man is still head and shoulders above most centre halfs in the premier league, may even rival JT for an England spot if he’s not careful.

  • dexylongshot

    Matt Taylor, 7 goals, 4 assists. not many English players with a better free-kick either,
    I wonder if Fabio has got him in his little black book.


    Cahill for sure, Aaron Lennon has been a revelation at spurs and i agree with Charlies comment above, Woodgate has been outstanding this year.

  • Matt Quinn

    No way to Cahill and Rob Green. Green is a pretty poor keeper overall and Cahill is ok but just doesnt feature enough.

    At Everton i would look at Mikel Arteta who has been a joy to watch and is the reason Everton are where they are. Watch Everton falter now he is injured.
    Also Jagielka has been outstanding for them.

    At Villa, our best players have been Luke Young and Stilyan Petrov. Both have been outstanding.

    West Ham- Scott Parker

    Fulham- Hangeland

    Man City- Ireland

    and thats about it.

  • Darren

    agree on Pjil Jagielka, he has been superb, quietly going about his business. A real unsung hero.

    Arron Lennon is on fire, I’d go as far as to say he his the best player in the League at the moment. If he continues then Real Madrid will come knocking for sure!

  • tef1on

    Maoroin Faillainainaini anyone? Dirty player, shit hair cut but still puts in important performances

  • tef1on

    Or even Brede Hangeland, He’s led Fulham to a fantastic home form

  • Jackie emu

    I have to disagree Matt I rate Robert Green an excellent shot stopper…his only weakness is his commanding his area from crosses. Had a very good season.

    I’d stick in Fellani into the mix.
    James Beattie has been superb since arriving at Stoke.
    Schwarzer at Fulham has been pretty consistant.
    Stephen Warnock has had another great season at Blackburn
    Agree with Lennon tore Boro apart a few weeks ago much to my dismay.

  • Martin Tibbetts

    Good shouts on Lennon, he should have been in my original list. Awesome since ‘Arry came along…..

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