As the Premier League season draws to a close, here are my end of the season awards…
Manager of the Season
Tony Pulis – Lots of people will say Brendan Rodgers, and quite rightly so, he has done brilliantly at Liverpool. But when I look at the job Tony Pulis has done at Crystal Palace, I just can’t ignore it. They were absolutely doomed before he came in and now look at them, they are flying. A mid table finish for a team like Crystal Palace is a huge achievement, especially when they were rooted to the bottom in November.
Player of the Season
Luis Suárez – Another sensational season for the Uruguayan forward. 31 goals in 32 Premier League games, and he missed the start of the season as well. Formed a phenomenal partnership with Daniel Sturridge that tore teams apart. If he does move this summer, Liverpool have got one hell of a replacement to make.
Young Player of the Season
Raheem Sterling – No contest for me. Sterling has shone for the Reds all season and has played a big part in Liverpool’s title challenge. I think he should go to the World Cup, I certainly hope Roy Hodgson agrees.
Goalkeeper of the Season
David Marshall – Yes, Cardiff went down but they’d have been relegated months before if it wasn’t for their brilliant goalkeeper. Don’t be surprised if he is still a Premier League goalkeeper next season – there is a lot of speculation that Tottenham will make a move if Hugo Lloris leaves for Paris Saint-Germain. Check out his save from Gabriel Agbonlahor earlier on this season – one of the best I’ve seen.
Defender of the Season
Mifdielder of the Season
Yaya Toure – What a superb footballer. Bosses the City midfield week in week out and his goalscoring record is pretty impressive for a midfielder. Steven Gerrard comes second in this one but for me Yaya is the best midfielder in the Premier League, and there’s not many better ones in the world.
Goal of the Season
Pajtim Kasami vs Crystal Palace – I’m not just saying this because a Fulham player scored it. If it had been against Fulham it would still get my vote. The technique on that strike will always stick in my mind and it was by far the best goal I have ever seen live. I also liked Jack Wilshere’s goal against Norwich and Alexander Tettey’s goal against Sunderland but Kasami’s was better than both.
Game of the Season
Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool – What a game this was. Liverpool were in complete control for 75 minutes until the most remarkable 15 minutes of the season, where Palace scored three goals in nine minutes to effectively end Liverpool’s title challenge
Most Improved Player of the Season
Adam Lallana – One of my favourite players. I will literally cry if he doesn’t go to the World Cup. Aaron Ramsey might have got it had he been fit for the whole season.
Romelu Lukaku – For some reason Chelsea don’t want him, so its up to any club to get him, and that club was Everton. There’s absolutely no doubt that he is one of the main reasons behind their success this season.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel – Blimey. One goal all season, on the opening day. And that’s about it.