A long time ago on a blog far, far away I wrote this post detailing which players I thought would be up for the English Premier League Player of the Season award if the campaign had ended in January.
So now seems a good time to take a look at how each of them fared as the rest of the season unfolded.
David Silva- Back in January I noted that his form had dipped in recent games and that dip didn’t really reverse until the final few weeks of the season.
Manchester City would never have won the title without his contribution and although his goal tally faltered he continued to provide some crucial assists in vital games.
Hard to see him as the best player in the Premier League but he will continue to give City a touch of guile in a team that uses strength and power as their most effective weapons.
Robin van Persie – Van Persie had already scored twenty goals by January and despite him only (only!) adding ten more for the rest of the season there can be little doubt that without him Arsenal would have been looking up at the Champions League places with envy.
Keeping his best player at the Emirates for at least another season is Arsene Wenger’s most important task in the coming weeks and one that he must be becoming uncomfortably familiar with.
Michael Vorm- The fact that Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in signing the Dutch goalkeeper is an indication of how effective he was for a Swansea side never looked in danger of being relegated.
Now we are at the end of the season it’s hard to make the case for Vorm as even the best goalkeeper in the League let alone the best player (Hart and Krul probably beat him to that spot) but Vorm did win a place in the hearts of many a fantasy soccer fan as the bargain buy of the season.
Juan Mata– Back in January I wrote that the challenge for Andres Villas-Boas was to find a system that best suited the Spaniard.
He never did do that and when Roberto Di Matteo took over he moved Mata to a more central position that allowed him to influence games far more.
Similar to his compatriot Silva though he never quite produced the consistency that was needed and Chelsea fans will be hoping that next season Mata can grow to be the creative force that he is capable of being on a weekly basis.
Vincent Kompany- The Manchester City captain was named Player of the Year by Barclays, the Premier League’s sponsors, so there is little doubt that he continued to perform in the latter half of the season.
He scored the winner in the crucial game against Manchester United and was the most solid of a City back line that, at times, could look less than convincing.
Aged just twenty-six Kompany could be around for a few years yet to give City a defensive foundation that is the envy of most clubs.
Demba Ba- Back in January it seemed that only the Newcastle striker could stop Robin van Persie from walking off with the award but then Ba went to the Africa Cup of Nations and Newcastle signed Papiss Demba Cisse whose arrival forced Ba to play on the left and cut his goal scoring rate dramatically.
Newcastle didn’t suffer because Cisse scored goals at a rate, and of a quality, that were more than the equal of what Ba had done in the first half of the season but it will be interesting to see if Ba opts to stay with the club or moves to one of the number teams who didn’t take a chance on him last season because of his injury record.
The comments from that piece back in January focused on the lack of Spurs players in the top six (would any make that list now I wonder?) as well as shout outs for Yaya Toure and Cheick Tiote and neither of those two would be far away from anybody’s team of the season now that it is all over.
Pretty hard to look passed van Persie for the overall award but is there anybody not listed that you think deserves a mention?
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