Date:Saturday May 14 2011
To be totally honest with you I think I have 'probably' found this season the toughest in some time to call what I would say was the 'player of the season'...
Do not get me wrong, to be fair, a few have offered decent shows here and there with plenty of effort and endeavour shown from some, well a lot really, it is just that quality or real cutting edge that has lacked.
Liam Lawrence looked a shoe-in for this early on but faded badly in the 2nd half of the season. Injuries have no helped him but something I have noticed more in the 2nd half of this season has been that he 'seems' to go missing if he is not being utilised as 'the main man'. So, and maybe I am being a tad unfair, is he really as 'indispensable' as many might have thought and how much of a team player is he?
Despite an apparent problem with discipline had Rocha John Rocha been present for the duration of he season surely he would have walked this?
If Ritchie de Laet could have offered what he did in the final third or so of his loan from the outset, and been here for the whole season, then I think he could have been right up there in the running for this...
In fairness, as said, most have offered something and if they had offered more consistently all could argue a case for this accolade, well apart from Dave Kitson!
As it is the various awards dished out on the final home game of the season saw Hayden Mullins and Joel Ward each get the nod with Jamie Ashdown getting most - so technically I guess he is the player of the season?
Ward has done exceptionally well this season, certainly considering he would have been one of those on the outside looking in 10-months ago and even now to a degree this is still the case. Next season I reckon he has a very good chance of claiming this.
Ashdown has done well, stepping out of the shadow of David James - where he had been for so long, but I am not convinced he has had anywhere near enough command of his area, as he should being a keeper, to be classed as much of the standout performer his 5 awards or so suggested. Yep, to be fair, he made some quality saves - one at Derby, I think it was, is probably among the best I have ever seen - but did it influence our season enough for him to be the best...
So, and whilst I never thought I would hear myself think, let alone say it publically, such a thought I would say, all in all, Mullins just about got my vote!
That said is this as much by 'default' as anything else...
What say you guys, who has been - and why - your player of the season for the one just ended?
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Date:Saturday May 14 2011
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