Mar 17, 2013, 4:23 PM EST
Players play for trophies and a by-product of winning silverware is individual awards. The two gongs that are most treasured by professionals in England are the Football Writers and Player’s Player awards.
The writer’s is awarded by members of the press while the players player is voted by their peers. It is rare that one player wins both awards.
The front-runners this year are Tottenham’s welsh wizard, Gareth Bale, Liverpool’s mercurial Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s goal machine, Robin van Persie.
The case for all three is compelling and there wouldn’t be a great deal of surprise if the awards were split or if one player made off with the lot.
If asked, RVP would probably say he deserved the award as he’s the one player guaranteed to win something. The Premiership title is all but locked up thanks to his 19 league goals.
The difference he has made to the United attack has been sensational and without him the Red Devils would not be 15 points clear. Three matching winning goals translates into nine extra points and the title race would be far different.
Liverpool won’t be winning anything this year however the fact that they remain in contention for a place in Europe next season is solely down to the Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.
Simply put, he has carried the Reds to the tune of 22 goals however it’s more than goals that have caught the eye. He is playing in a team that is a work in progress and barely functions unless Suarez is producing his usual box-of-tricks. At times he has been unplayable and a defenders nightmare.
A defenders nightmare perfectly sums up Gareth Bale who has been transformed from a left back, a left wing-back, a left winger to a marauding center forward capable of popping up anywhere.
His pace, dynamism, aerial ability and all-round game have made him one of Europe’s most sort-after targets in the summer transfer market.
I see Bale getting the Writers award and RVP the players.
Nov 26, 2014, 10:45 AM EST
Rog and Davo scrutinize Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool and welcome Kyle Martino to the pod.
Nov 26, 2014, 10:19 AM EST
Eight Champions League matches take place today as Arsenal and Liverpool both look to rebound from Premier League losses.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:25 AM EST
Spanish defender Sergio Ramos questioned some players loyalty to the national team, which didn’t sit well with Cesc Fabregas.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:35 AM EST
The Aston Villa striker will be looking for minutes as he heads down the ranks to the Championship on a one-month loan.
Nov 26, 2014, 7:45 AM EST
Four Premier League defenders found their way onto FIFA’s shortlist for the 2014 FIFPro World XI.
Nov 25, 2014, 11:15 PM EST
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Nov 25, 2014, 10:45 PM EST
Like many fun to watch goals, the magic of the shooter is magnified by the mistakes of the defenders.
Nov 25, 2014, 10:00 PM EST
“I think they have to accept we were too strong for them,” added Mourinho.
Nov 25, 2014, 9:16 PM EST
We’ll be following who else comes calling for the Princeton man.
Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs thinks Chelsea’s the top dog, compares Louis van Gaal to Alex Ferguson
Nov 25, 2014, 8:05 PM EST
Giggs calls the Stamford Bridge club “head and shoulders above the Premier League” on the strength of their back four.
Nov 25, 2014, 7:13 PM EST
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Nov 25, 2014, 6:51 PM EST
Eleven players had their options declined on Tuesday, but Colorado says they could be back with the club in January.
Nov 25, 2014, 6:03 PM EST
Recapping all the action from around Europe after a pivotal matchday in UCL play.
Nov 25, 2014, 5:55 PM EST
Berahino scored in the next match after his arrest, but has since gone cold.
Nov 25, 2014, 5:32 PM EST
Rogers talked about how working with gay and lesbian youth organizations made him realize the impact he could make as an openly-gay player.
Nov 25, 2014, 5:22 PM EST
City’s late show sets up pulsating clash in the Italian capital next month.
Nov 25, 2014, 4:46 PM EST
Citizens grab last-gasp win to boost their chances of making the last 16.
Nov 25, 2014, 4:33 PM EST
Five different players netted as Chelsea picked up its largest road Champions League win since 1999.
Nov 25, 2014, 4:10 PM EST
Suarez is off and running for Barca with a goal of exceptional class. What else did you expect?
Nov 25, 2014, 3:46 PM EST
The only other active players in the Top Ten are Chelsea’s Didier Drogba (44) and Thierry Henry (50), who obviously isn’t active with a UEFA Champions League club.
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