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Roberto Mancini Picks Luis Suarez As His Player Of The Year

luis suarez1 Roberto Mancini Picks Luis Suarez As His Player Of The Year

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has picked Luis Suarez as his Player of the Year.

The winners of this year’s PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year will be announced Sunday night, but Mancini believes Suarez should win it.

“I don’t know Suarez as a man, I know him as a player and this year he was one of the best in the Premier League,” said Mancini.

In answer to the criticism regarding Suarez, Mancini eloquently replied:

“He made a mistake, he said sorry to everyone. Do you want to kill him?”

“He has got his punishment. It’s finished.”

What do you think? Does Suarez deserve to be Player of the Year? If not, who do you think should win the honors that will be announced tomorrow night? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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6 Responses to Roberto Mancini Picks Luis Suarez As His Player Of The Year

  1. Andre says:

    This is a tough one. I think Luis Suarez was the best player of the season but if I had a vote I would likely cast it for someone else, probably Gareth Bale. Not because I would want to send a message or avoid rewarding bad behavior, but because you have to take everything into account and despite his achievements he put his team in a bad position by missing the final 4 matches. As much as he gives Liverpool he comes with the threat of doing something insane every time he is on the pitch that could leave them on 10 men.

    On the other hand I believe he did more for his club than any of the other nominees. Spurs point haul with Bale is not significantly better than when he is not on the field. Take RVP or Juan Mata (one of the players I like watching the most) out of their sides and the drop-off in performance is negligble. Take Suarez out of Liverpool and they are a completely different team.

    I wouldn’t vote for Maroune Fellaini but he deserves a lot of credit for the season he has had.

  2. Sammy says:

    With regards to Mancini’s point about him saying sorry, it’s not just saying sorry that matters. More important thing is whether his apology was sincere. If it was , how do you explain his remark later on where he said that “a 3-game ban would be good enough”? And why are there no other signs showing his remorse or embarrassment over his misdeed?

    Suarez is a gifted player who has played very well this season; I give him credit for that. Based on that alone, he deserves to win the Player of the Year award. But I think it is no use just being a good player if you lack integrity and have other sorts of serious character issues which are of no good to anyone at all. These should also be taken into consideration when giving out awards.

  3. typical yank response says:

    If the award is to be passed out for skill and performance on the field then personally I believe Suarez deserves it.
    If the protocol states anything about the player’s character is to be taken into account for the decision, then obviously Luis will fall short.
    Great point above about winning % when said player is present vs. when he is absent. If this a variable when deciding, then Suarez’s accumulative suspensions should take him out of contention considering he brought the winning percentage down by himself.

  4. trickybrkn says:

    Headline should have read …. Roberto Mancini proves one and for all that he is a tw*t.

  5. trickybrkn says:

    My top five are…
    Christian Benteke
    Michu
    Rickie Lambert
    Demba BA
    and Bale

  6. Frank says:

    I have to agree with Mancini that Suarez, despite his antics, was arguably the player of the year. Unfortunately for Suarez those votin will take into account his bad behavior so he won’t get it.

    It will be between RVP and Bale. Given RVP’s scoring record, he should win the golden boot, he will win it.

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