Individual Awards Gong Wrong?

As the season enters into its final stages we have seen many surprises along the way, many players find their form at the right time and some players still in need of a touch of fortune, yes I am talking about the £50m Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who still hasn’t seemed to break what now seems to be an embarrassing duck, to say the least. And as the season reaches its climax, it is no surprise to see individual accolades going to star performers of the season, player’s who have outshone their teammates and fellow Premier League stars, so let’s take a look at what player has aligned themselves alongside great Premier League or Premiership players of the past, I mean they will have a tough act to follow, looking at past winning legends such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs, to name a few. So what stand out performer from this campaign would be fortunate enough to have such an honour of the shortlisted players, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Nemanja Vidic, Scott Parker and Charlie Adams? That stand out performer was none other than the new Welsh Wizard Gareth Bale.

Now although he, Gareth Bale, has improved and if anything polished his game more than anyone else in the EPL, he still in my opinion didn’t deserve to win the award. With names such as Carlos Tevez, who has single-handedly kept Manchester City in the top four, with maybe a bit of assistance from David Silva and Yaya Toure, who have both had exceptional first seasons at City and United captain Nemanja Vidic in the same shortlist, I really don’t think he has proven himself as being a worthy winner. Put it this way, Gareth Bale’s name wouldn’t be as big as it is had he not annihilated once the world’s greatest right back Maicon in the two Champions League games, not Premier League the Champions League.

His form in the Premier League has been as good as Nasri’s, not disregarding Nasri’s season in any way, as he has been outstanding in being Arsenal’s spark in the absence of Cesc Fabregas and has kept Arsenal in touching distance of United with some of his breathtaking performances, for instance the game against Fulham. But I just can’t see what outstanding things Bale has done throughout this EPL campaign, my view on Spurs’ season has also led me to believe that Modric is the heartbeat of their attacking strengths and has been so underrated throughout the course of the season, as he will never get enough plaudits as let’s say in the words of Andy Townsends ‘The Gareth Bale’s and Van Der Vaart’s of the world’. During his time out with injury Spurs was still coping very well, with Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar pulling together good performances and keeping in touch with their 4th place rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, which is yet again proof that Bale isn’t that much of a great loss as let’s say Vidic, Tevez or Parker being out of their sides. You take Vidic out of the side and the defence looks very shaky, evidence the loss at Anfield, you take Tevez out of the side, you’re left wondering where are the goals going to come from? Take Parker out of the side, West Ham are yet again staring relegation right in the face. Spurs on the other hand are still very strong on that left side, however you take out Modric and there’s a lack of creativity in the side.

Another player who is well worth mentioning is the Portuguese Marmite that is Nani, who has had an exceptional season and similar to Nasri, has provided a great spark in what has sometimes been a flat United side this season. It is also worth mentioning that Nani has scored 9 goals in the league and made an incredible 17 assists, which keeps him firmly at the top of the assist leader board, in comparison to Bale, who has scored 9 goals in the league but has only assisted just the one goal. But yet Nani has to make do with a space on the Premier League Team of the Year, which funnily enough doesn’t include three players that was shortlisted, Scott Parker, Rafael Van Der Vaart and Charlie Adams, which proves that maybe, maybe somewhere down the line the voters got it wrong. However, I will still congratulate Gareth Bale on what has been a very good season for him and if anything I’m expecting much more from him next season, given his sudden rise of expectation. And on a brighter note a special well done to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere on winning the Young Player of The Year, he has a very bright future ahead of him and maybe now Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli will have heard of him.

Reece Ravalier (@ReeceRav)

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Posted on April 20, 2011, in Editorials, Football, Sport and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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