Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Premiership Awards 2010/11

Yet again, the Premiership has entertained us all and this season has proven to be one of the most unpredictable seasons ever. Man Utd were successful in securing their 19th title but West Ham, Birmingham and Blackpool weren't so lucky. Here is my view on the best this season had to offer.

Best Goal: Wayne Rooney v Man City

Wayne Rooney produced one of the best moments of the season with a jaw-dropping overhead kick to settle the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. The goal reminded us all of his phenomenal technique after he had endured a tough season up to that point. The goal helped to turn Rooney's season around and lead United to another title.

Best Player: Nemanja Vidic

In my view, there hasn't exactly been a stand out player this season. However, Man Utd's title winning captain has produced some superb displays at the heart of the defence and has been consistently good throughout the season.

Young Player of the season: Jack Wilshere

Wilshere has been one of the bright sparks in another trophyless Arsenal season. He has played in 49 games for Arsenal, broken into the England team and remains one of the few players who didn't look out of place in a midfield battle which included Iniesta and Xavi.

Match of the Season: Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4

Newcastle's stunning comeback against the Gunners was enough to secure Match of the Season and takes care of the Comeback of the Season award as well. Arsenal strolled into a 4 - 0 lead within the opening half hour. However, Newcastle showed remarkable spirit as Cheik Tiote completed the turnaround with a superb long range shot.

Manager of the Season: Sir Alex Ferguson

Many have argued that this was United's side this season was far from their best. However, Ferguson used his experience to deal with problems such as Rooney's criticism of a lack of ambition at Old Trafford and also produced the signing of the season in Hernandez.

Signing of the Season: Javier Hernandez

As previously mentioned, Hernandez wins this category. It's fair to say that few football fans would have known about 'Chicharito' before his move and even those who did could not have expected the impact he would have. With a number of impressive substitute appearances early on in the season, he managed to force his way into the side at the expense of the Premier League's top goalscorer to form an impressive partnership with Wayne Rooney.

Most Entertaining Team: Blackpool
Although Ian Holloway's team will take little consolation from this as they prepare for life in the Championship, few would argue that Blackpool's free flowing, attacking approach has been a breath of fresh air. Even Holloway's interviews were entertaining.

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