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PFA Players’ Player of The Year Award – Who Will Win It?

Tonight sees the PFA Awards take place in London – one of the most prestigious individual accolades to win in English football and unlike the Football Writers’ Footballer of The Year, this is voted by the professional footballers ‘trade union’ of members.  Shortlisted this year is Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas.  Whilst for PFA Young Player of the Year Rooney and Fabregas are joined by England’s James Milner and Joe Hart.

Wayne Rooney

At the departure of both Ronaldo and Tevez in the summer of 2009 many questions were asked of Wayne Rooney and how he would handle the responsibility of becoming the ‘goal getter’ for United. In previous seasons many have seen Rooney as the link up man, working tirelessly and creating chances for others. This season the transformation has truly taken place. He is without question a true goalscorer – all of his 33 goals this season have been scored within the penalty box.  This is double the amount of goals he scored in 2008-09 season, providing a clear indication that this season Rooney has become a centre forward to lead the line. His performances against AC Milan in the Champions League and the quality of the two headed goals in Milan has showed that his all-round game has improved vastly.

Didier Drogba

As an Arsenal fan I can’t stand the sight of this guy, he a right pain in the Gregory Peck. With all his sliding, hand waving, chest pumping celebrations, ruining my Super Sunday’s by finishing more braces against my boys than an Orthodontist. But without question he is world class and a complete striker, strong in the air, good with both feet, creates many goals for his team mates and has managed another 30 goal season. If you were to ask the majority of the defenders in the Premier League who they would least like to play against, the majority would say DD.

Carlos Tevez

I was somewhat surprised when Carlos Tevez decided to swap the red shirt of Manchester for a sky blue one.  He was in a similar position to Rooney in that he does so much for the team in his work ethic that his goal tally suffers because of it.  With all the strike power City posses this season he has come out in flying colours – scoring 22 league goals and 6 in the Carling Cup run. The majority of his goals did come in the purple patch around Christmas and New Year, which include his hat-trick against Blackburn and doubles against Wolves, Bolton and arguably his best performance of the season in the League Cup Semi Final against Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas

– How long can Arsenal keep their talismanic captain for? Another season? Or will the World Cup be the ‘shop window’ for him to wear the ‘come and get me Barcelona’ t-shirt?  Often criticised for his lack of goals Fabregas has delivered 15 leagues goals and 19 in all competitions. But his biggest asset is the creativity he possesses in the final third (that their last three games against, Tottenham, Wigan and Manchester City was clearly lacking). He won the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2008 and is in line for both gongs this year, but his biggest challenge will be to get fit for Spain’s World Cup campaign after suffering a broken leg against Barcelona. Then he has the easy task of getting ahead of Xavi and Iniesta, sounding familiar?

On the Young Player of The Year front I think this award will go to James Milner of Aston Villa, who since he came on as a substitute for England against Holland back in August has had a wonderful season for both Aston Villa playing a vital part in two Wembley visits and ensuring European football again at Villa Park for next season, and that could still be the Champions League – has shown why he is ahead of his team mates Ashley Young and Stewart Downing for a world cup berth.

As for the Players’ Player of The Year, for me Wayne Rooney would get my vote and will win the award for a season that has surpassed many people’s expectation, except probably his own and his manager. One only hopes that he can stay fit and lead England to World Cup glory.

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  1. carlson

    October 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

    The best player according to latest update, should be Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid
    He has come all the way and he looks unstopable at the moment
    He’s got his momentum goin. Swift Player. Common Ozil

  2. thilip

    April 28, 2010 at 12:21 am

    wayne rooney are have lot of chance to win the golden boot, but now drogba is more exellent talent he have so i think that golden boot goes for didier drogba…..and also the blues are now very sharp to focus to epl trophy so their will do their best…. the blues forever…..

  3. Bryan

    April 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Rooney won, another evidence that the world is against the blues then? like one previous article pointed out. :S

  4. MNUfan1991

    April 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm

  5. Brian

    April 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    @ Tyson:

    The PFA awards are for the English season. They do not include European performance. But, as you said these footballers have never gone far in Europe…

    Drogba – runner up in 08
    Fabregas – runner up in 06
    Tevez -winner in 08.

    So you’re wrong on both accounts.

  6. CTBlues

    April 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Drogba didn’t get it because he plays for Chelsea and because he isn’t English.

    • UpTheBlues

      April 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Absolutely right.

      • Devils Advocate

        April 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm

        to CTBlues..Well that’s kinda odd. Recent non-English winners in the past include Ryan Giggs and Christiano Ronaldo. Before that it was Steven Gerrard and John Terry.

    • patrick

      April 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      Chelsea is the new Millwall, except Chelsea’s slogan is ” nobody likes us, and that really hurts our feelings”

  7. Miak

    April 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Just announced. It is Wayne Rooney.

  8. Tyson

    April 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    It has to be Wayne Rooney off his Champions League performance alone.

    Performing in the highest echelons of football is an accomplishment few footballers ever do. We talk about all these so called great footballers but half of these so called great footballers have never won a Champions League or gone very far in the competiton.

    Rooney excelled this year even when he played through injury and he was in the toughest competition in football doing well. Thats more than can be said for anybody apart from Cech. All in all I think Rooney will take it simple due to his goal to game ratio. Out of the full 90 minutes hes played he has far and away scored the most goals in the Premier League and from what I understand his goal to game ratio is above both Messi and C Ronalos at the moment too.

    • jake

      April 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm

      What does Champions league have to do with an English football trophy? It is about the best player within the English Game not what he is doing in a European Comp.

      • Devils Advocate

        April 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

        jake…your statement above is incorrect. The PFA Award takes into account both domestic and international fixtures at club level. Clearly, being able to excel on the European stage gives additional kudos to the nominees involved.

      • Tyson

        April 27, 2010 at 2:42 am

        Actually jake you are incorrect the PFA award takes all competitions into consideration.

        Basically only the players in English football are allowed voting for the Player of the year so the guys in the PL, all the players come together and cast a vote for anybody(aside from themselves). They cast that vote on who they believe performed the best during the course of the game season in all competitions.

        My prediction was on the money too. It just goes to show you most people are stupid as I got thumbed down more than I got thumbed up. Well done Rooney.

  9. Raatzie

    April 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Al Del Greco.

  10. Brian

    April 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Striker #1:
    -26 league goals
    -4 assists
    -club is in 2nd place

    Striker #1
    -25 league goals
    -11 assists
    -club is in first place

    Pretty obvious who had the better season…

  11. billyv

    April 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Drogba has many negatives about him, but does any of those listed do more throughout the whole pitch than Drogba? Has defended well, sets up goals and scores. Best player this year for my money. Plus has stayed healthier than Cesc and Rooney. Doesn’t that have to be taken into account?

  12. goke313

    April 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    ~should play for PL Champion
    ~lead in goals/assist
    ~outstanding ratio of goal/match
    ~helps out on defense/set pieces/other aspects of the game

    Who Will Win It? Rooney
    Who Should Win It? Drogba

    • Devils Advocate

      April 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      goke…I disagree with you on this one. Based on your criteria above, no one in the defensive line, including goalkeeper could/would qualify which would clearly be unfair. As per above the winner is, of course, the footballer who gains the most votes from fellow professionals, not some arbitrary guidelines set by others.

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