To be quite frank there is only one man winning the PFA Player of the Year award this season, and that is Luis Suarez. It’s a forgone conclusion, if he doesn’t win it, it would be a disgrace, and he has been head and shoulders above any other player this season and thoroughly deserves the award. Nonetheless six players have been nominated, but were they the right six?
Easily the best player in the league this season, there is no need to even bother taking a vote on this; he has just been that good. At the time of writing Suarez sits on 29 goals in 29 appearances, plus 12 assists, both of which are best in the Premier League. He has carried Liverpool to a position which they don’t really belong, and a year removed from biting Branislav Ivanovic seems like a reformed character. Suarez’s tally is even more impressive when you consider that he missed the first five games of the season through suspension. Simply put it is quite a remarkable season from Luis Suarez and he will win the PFA Player of the Year award.
Doesn’t belong on this list. Yes he has scored 20 goals which is second only to Suarez, and yes he has 7 assists, but that’s it. Sturridge is one of those players where if everything is going through them they are great, but when things aren’t going their way they are less than useless. I’m sure you can point to many games this season where Sturridge has looked like a world beater, but I can point to equally as many, if not more, where he has been a selfish liability to the team. Sturridge has improved as a player this season, but one of the six best players of the season he is not. Excluding the first five games of the season, you could take Sturrdige out of the Liverpool team and they would probably be in the same position, that’s why he really doesn’t belong on this list.
I think most people would agree that a player who has the abilities and career of Steven Gerrard deserves to have a Premier League medal in his trophy cabinet. Sadly for Stevie G he has stuck around at an uncompetitive Liverpool his whole career, so it makes sense that a Liverpool team who are genuinely challenging for the league should have the heart and soul of their team nominated for player of the year, doesn’t it? In theory yes, in reality no. The simple fact is that Gerrard has had up until recently a very ordinary season. In the first half of the season he struggled in his new role, he has however had a strong final third of the season, but was Gerrard’s good form in the final third of the season better than say Aaron Ramsey’s in the first third of the season? The answer is no. Gerrard has scored 13 goals this year and 10 assists, but 10 have been penalties. That’s the thing about Gerrard’s nomination; he got nominated because of who he is rather than how he has played this season.
The only Chelsea player to make the list, despite the fact that he hasn’t been Chelsea’s best player this season, go figure. I don’t really have a problem with Hazard’s nomination; after all he is Chelsea’s best attacking player and has contributed 14 goals and 7 assists. My major issue with Hazard has always been that he doesn’t turn it on enough against the top teams, and although he has got better he still doesn’t do it consistently enough for my liking. I don’t think he doesn’t belong on this list (like Gerrard and Sturridge) but I wouldn’t be putting him in my top six for the season.
When Yaya’s on it he is unplayable, the simple fact is that more than often instead of the on it Yaya you get the big slow couldn’t give a fuck Yaya. My feelings on Yaya Toure are very similar to my feelings on Hazard, good player but doesn’t produce it consistently enough. Toure has scored 18 goals this season, but most have been from dead ball situations, and he also has a tendency to pad his stats against the diddy teams and when games are over. His stats are better than his actual performances this season. Again I wouldn’t have him in my top six players of the season, but similarly to Hazard I can see why he is in there.
I was shocked when I saw Lallana had been nominated, not because I think he doesn’t belong on this list but rather because people who play for teams like Southampton don’t tend to get nominated, regardless of how well they have played. He doesn’t have a chance of winning it, firstly because he isn’t a big enough name but also because Luis Suarez will win. Lallana has scored 9 goals and had 3 assists this season in a very impressive Southampton team. Of the six players nominated Lallana and Suarez are the only two who I would actually have on my top six players of the season list.
So if I don’t think four of the six nominations deserve to be on the list, then who do I think deserves to be there?
Well I think that the most major omission is Wayne Rooney, he has been the outstanding player in what has been a very poor Man Utd team with 15 goals and 10 assists. You wonder where Utd would have been this year if it were not for Rooney, and I was very surprised that he wasn’t included in the top six.
David Silva also seems like a glaring addition, he may have only played in 23 games so far this season but he has easily been City’s best player. You can see the glaring hole in City’s team when Silva isn’t on the team sheet. People talk about Yaya Toure being the backbone of that midfield when in fact Silva is the more important and consistent player.
They hate giving nominations to defenders, but two defenders who really should be on the list are John Terry and Seamus Coleman, both of whom have had remarkable seasons. I personally don’t like John Terry one little bit (like any sensible person) but I can’t help but applaud the way he has played this season, he has been the rock in that Chelsea back line (the Premier League’s best). Coleman has also been part of a very good defensive back line, plus the fact that he has scored 6 goals from right back and you have an astonishing season.
Those would be the four players who I would have had above Hazard, Toure, Gerrard and Sturridge. In fact there are two more players who I would place above those men as well but below the ones I said and they are David Marshall who has had a brilliant season with Cardiff and Aaron Ramsey, who if this award was based on an average appearance then he would be neck and neck with Suarez for the top award but sadly he only really played in the first half of the season.
So there you have it the nominees for PFA Player of the Year should have been Suarez, Lallana, Rooney, Terry, Coleman and Silva. Not that any of this really matters because Suarez is going to walk it whilst twirling a cane and wearing a bowler hat. Leave a comment about the nominations and your opinion on them. Plus find all the latest bm23sportsreviews updates on Facebook and Twitter.