End of Season Awards

by Jake Hinton

Fernandinho CityIt’s that time of year again.

As the Premier League starts to come to its eagerly anticipated climax, that rumours start spreading about who will win the prestigious PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

However, these awards could be seen as monotonous and predictable so, as well as the usual awards, I will add a few of my own to make us all remember the great season we have witnessed.

Best newcomer (from abroad)

Nominees: Willian, Fernandinho, Dejan Lovren, Alvaro Negredo, Christian Eriksen

Winner: Fernandinho

Since Fernandinho left Ukraine for Manchester in a bid to break back into the Brazil squad, he has been in scintillating form for City. Creating countless opportunities for his team mates, and scoring some worldies along the way. He is one of the main reasons why Manchester City have scored a record number of goals this season, and has been their unsung hero. He adds stability to the team of stars, and they look unbalanced and out-of-place without him.

Breakthrough player (from English academies; first season of consistent first team football)

Nominees: Adnan Januzaj, Serge Gnabry, Ross Barkley, Nabil Bentaleb, Jon Flanagan

Winner: Adnan Januzaj

I may be biased on this one, but Adnan Januzaj, for most of the season, has been the most influential player for Manchester United, recapturing the teams spirit and drive in the darkest of times. National teams have been scrapping over him all season, and with the many opportunities available, he can’t make up his mind. However, what is for sure, is that Adnan will only keep improving and leading the Manchester United team to better times in the future.

Manager of the Year

Nominees: Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino, Steve Bruce, Jose Mourinho

Winner: Brendan Rodgers

With arguably the weakest squad of the title challengers, Rodgers has used his tactical prowess to make his team of young, blossoming stars into a goal scoring machine. Gerrard has formed a consistent partnership with Henderson and the SAS army have been on a rampage all season. With his great man-management skills, and beautiful passing play, it’s no surprise Barcelona have shown interest in him.

Most improved

Nominees: Jay Rodriguez, Raheem Sterling, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel Sturridge, Cesar Azpilicueta

Winner: Jay Rodriguez

After signing for Southampton from Burnley after the Saints promotion, many were less than impressed with Rodriguez. He seemed slow, sloppy and quite frankly a waste of over £6,000,000. However, this season he has been their top-scorer and has earn himself an England call up. He would most likely be on the plane to Brazil as well, if it wasn’t for a ligament injury he picked up recently, ruling him out for 6 months. He will miss the start of next season, but is still provoking interest from big teams such as Arsenal.

Young Player of the Year (under 21)

Nominees: Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Adnan Januzaj, Luke Shaw

Winner: Raheem Sterling

A constant fixture in Brendan Rodger’s stunning team this season, Sterling has not only performed well for club and country, he has improved leaps and bounds, as well as forming a formidable front four alongside Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. While he may not be the most lauded of the Liverpool team, he does his job brilliantly, performing decoy runs, and no end of assists and goals.

Player of the Year

Winner: Luis Suarez

There is no need for any description, one of the best players in the world has been simply stunning this season.

Author Info

Jake Hinton

Manchester United and England fan. Avid sports fan and aspiring sports journalist. English born-and-bred. Still learning the business so feedback is more than welcome. Any inquiries, queries or general questions/comments, please contact jakeh38@gmail.com

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4 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    does Suarez also win the racist, cheating, diving scumbag of the year award?

  2. Januzaj award is very bias. Come on, Ross Barkley has been absolutely immense at Everton. Januzaj has barely been influential. That’s just me though :)

  3. Joe Errington says:

    I never thought I would say this in August, but Mark Hughes deserves a mention for manager of the season. I completely wrote off Stoke’s chances of staying in the Premiership this season, shows what I know.

  4. Jake Hinton says:

    Manchester United have not looked themselves this season, and I believe, if it wasn’t for Januzaj, times would be a lot worse. While they have been struggling and catering, and looking like they have no will or desire, Januzaj has looked sharp and motivated, which has rubbed off on the rest of the squad. As for Mark Hughes, I believe he has done a good job, and the football they are playing is definitely more attractive, but many other managers in the BPL have done a considerably better job.

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