PFA Team Of The Year 2009

The prestigious PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) awards ceremony was held on Sunday evening and the awards for me held no surprises. It’s a crying shame considering what has been an excellent season in the Premier League.

The choice of player included Fernando Torres (21 Premier League games and counting) and no fewer than 6 Manchester United players and surprisingly no Frank Lampard.

I appreciate the votes are cast in March and by the associations’ members but surely there are several other players who have had a fantastic season and deserve more credit for their performances. This is not an anti-Manchester United viewpoint but it is very unfair on the fact the Premier League has 20 clubs.

With this in mind below are my team and young team of the year, let me know what your teams would have been. Surely several of these players should have been included. It’s a shame it really is.

My Team O f The Year

                                        Given

                     G. Johnson  Vidic  Jagielka  Baines

                     Cahill  Gerard (c)   Lampard   Giggs

                                    K. Davies  Kuyt

My Young Team Of The Year

                                       Foster

                     Rafael  Evans  Shawcross  Insua

                         Collinson Rodwell Ireland (c)

                     Lennon                             A. Young

                                     Agbonlahor

What does the above say to up and coming players, you don’t have to play for a so-called top four team, but if you do have a good season then you will get the recognition you fully deserve. Have a think about your teams of the year and post them on here. I look forward to your choices.

I was overjoyed to see many of England’s centrally contracted cricketers and potential international cricketers start the county season with some level of success over the first two weeks at both 4 day level and one day level.

Namely the captain Andrew Strauss continuing his fine form with 150  for Middlesex. It was also good to see Michael Vaughan hit an important one-day knock (82) for Yorkshire in the one day win against Sussex. Others have followed suit, namely;

– Tim Bresnan 4-35, Stuart Broad 60 runs , 5-79 & 2-27, Ian Bell 108 & 172, Tim Ambrose 153, James Anderson 11-109 (match figures), Ravi Bopara 84 (Indian Premier League), Alistair Cook 82 and James Foster 48 (in West Indies warm-up game)

This has to bode well for the summer ahead. I realise I’m been optimistic but we have to win the series against the West Indies and then take this into The Ashes series all guns blazing, and show the Aussies we are good enough to win back what is rightfully ours.

Though the form of Phil Hughes in his stint in the County Championship so far has to be a concern with his reputation as one of the games next big talents, fingers crossed this isn’t his summer.

The signs are promising and time will tell if we can do it!

Cheers for reading one and all,

Hope you enjoyed my blog.

Cheers

Gaffers

P.s. Well done to La Liga (affectionate name for Spain’s Primera Division) in week 33’s fixtures, 10 games returned 33 goals, with 57 yellows cards and no fewer than 9 red cards. Wow. Now that’s entertainment as The Jam would say. 5 of these red cards and 13 of the yellow cards came in the heated fixture between Athletic Bilbao versus Racing Santander.

Brilliant stuff. Keep up the fantastic entertainment!

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