Monday, 14 May 2012

My Barclays Premier League Awards 2011-2012

What an end to this season. We all thought City would finally win it at the beginning of the season, but not in the conditions we've just witnessed last night! Manchester City has won their 3rd title, and despite their exceeding spending, boy do they deserve it. It was a rare occasion as well at the Etihad, where both sides were celebrating. QPR managed to stay up despite losing, so there were 2 parties in Manchester. From the time I started following football and BPL specifically, this has been the best season ever if you count for drama.

This post is to give out mentions to people who deserved the recognition.Last year, PFA and FWA gave undeserving players the nod of "Footballer of the Year", and this year both awards went to the deserving Robin van Persie. Barclays gave their version of the award to an even more deserving Vincent Kompany. But there are other players who have stand out and also deserves recognition for their efforts this season, so here are "MY" notable mentions:

Player of the Year: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Manager of the Year: Alan Pardew (Newcastle United)

Young Player of the Year: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Best Transfer Signings:
5. Mikel Arteta (Everton to Arsenal) £10M
4. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid to ManCity) £38M
3. Yohan Cabaye (Lille to Newcastle) £6.5M
2. Demba Ba (West Ham to Newcastle) £0
1. Papiss Cisse (Freiburg to Newcastle) £9.5M

Worst Transfer Signings:
5. Jordan Henderson (Sunderland to Liverpool) £16M
4. Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht to Chelsea) £18M
3. Roger Johnson (Birmingham to Wolves) £7M
2. Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan to Aston Villa) £9M
1. Stewart Downing (Aston Villa to Liverpool) £20M

Best Loan Signings:
5. Ben Foster (Birmingham from West Brom)
4. Kyle Naughton (Norwich from Tottenham)
3. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea from Hoffenheim)
2. Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland from Arsenal)
1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham from ManCity)

Worst Loan Signings:
5. Federico Macheda (QPR from ManUtd)
4. Royston Drenthe (Everton from Real Madrid)
3. Jermaine Jenas (Aston Villa from Tottenham)
2. Wayne Bridge (Sunderland from ManCity)
1. Anthony Modeste (Blackburn from Bordeaux)

PFA Team of the Year:
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders: David Silva, Yaya Toure (both Manchester City), Scott Parker, Gareth Bale (both Tottenham)
Strikers: Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

My Non-PFA Team of the Year:
Goalkeeper: Tim Krul (Newcastle)
Defenders: Micah Richards (Manchester City), Jonny Evans (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Jose Enrique (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Alex Song (Arsenal), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
Strikers: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham)

Top Goalscorer: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) - 30

Most Assists: David Silva (Manchester City) - 15

Champions: Manchester City
Relegated: Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Champions League Qualifiers: Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur
Europa League Qualifiers: Newcastle, Chelsea (FA Cup Winners), Liverpool (Carling Cup Winners)

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