As 2010 is coming to an end, we had requests from many fans on our thoughts on players of the year as well as who will go on to pick up the major honours.
Due to this below are our thoughts players of the year, stars of the future as well manager of the year and many others.
Take a look and if you disagree let us know.
Team of the year:
Laurie: Blackpool – Iain Holloway’s side, favourites for relegation to League One last season, now find themselves in the top 8 of the Premier League. A true footballing fairytale.
Tony: It can be anyone but Blackpool, even if they were 17th in the league and struggling it would still be a miraculous achievement for them to be where they are, so there current league form is just a big cherry on top of a thick layer of icing on a very big cake.
Manager of the year:
Laurie: Iain Holloway – See above.
Tony: Again I can’t disagree with Laurie, it’s not only his achievements the way he carries himself through both victory and defeat is remarkable. One of the only managers that will gladly call it as he sees it. I would happily tune into his press conferences every week.
Domestic Player of the year:
Laurie: Gareth Bale – It’s genuinely difficult finding a player that has made the same impact in the past 12 months. From being on the verge of loaned out to Nottingham Forest to being rated in the region of £35-50m. A stunning transformation.
Tony: I disagree because Bale’s good form has been this season, he did play in the early part of this year but he was not at the dizzy heights he is currently playing at, I am going to go with Carlos Tevez, he scores goals, he creates goals and he leads the line for his club. In a team of big name players he is clearly the shinning light and is a large part of the reason why they are challenging for the title.
Shock of the year:
Laurie: Martin O’Neill’s exit – While the sackings of Chris Hughton and Sam Allardayce were both ludicrous, no-one could see O’Neill walking out of Villa 5 days before the start of the season. We still don’t know why he left, as Villa find themselves edging towards a ridiculous relegation fight.
Tony: I am caught in two minds here, on one hand I think Allardyce is. When he got sacked a friend rung and told me, I was in disbelief I could not even see a hint of it happening. The other is Portsmouth reaching the FA cup final, despite all their off the field dramas and terrible league form they managed to reach the final of the worlds biggest domestic cup competition and had a huge chance to win it.
Worst team of the year:
Laurie: England National team – Who else? We have gotten use to seeing disappointment after disappointment from major tournaments, but the spectacular collapse in South Africa put previous World Cup exits to shame. Not only did it once and for all destroy the myth of the golden generation, but it has left relations between public and the team at an all-time low.
Tony: Could not agree more. This was the year, this was our big chance, this was our destiny. No it wasn’t this was pathetic. Everything was wrong and you would be hard pressed to give any player credit for their performances in South Africa.
Worst manager of the year:
Laurie: Fabio Capello – Again, see above.
Tony: Again without a shadow of a doubt, he chose the wrong squad, he played the wrong tactics, he made the wrong substitutions at the wrong times and was as inspiring as a dead fish.
Performance of the year:
Laurie: Barcelona’s demolition of Real Madrid – It would have been an injustice to football had I ignored the 5-0 hammering that the Catalan giants gave to Jose Mourinho’s side. The manner of the win, against an excellent team, was astonishing. We will look back at this Barca team 40 years from now in the way we look back on the Brazil 1970 team these days.
Tony: Again spot on, I urge every single person who likes Football to watch the full 90 minutes of this match the highlights do not do it justice, Madrid were not bad they were not allowed to be bad, Barca were magical it was pure entertainment.
Ultimatum of the year:
Laurie: Rafa Benitez – There has been many a manager that has demanded more backing from their chairman, but none have backfired so spectacularly as Benitez’s demand to Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti. He gave him three options; Buy players, not buy anyone and have a disappointing season, or sack him. Moratti went with option three.
Tony: To be honest I can’t think of another one so Benitez takes the award due to a lack of serious competition, it would have been bettered had United or City called Rooney or Tevez’s bluffs but player power ruled.
Best player in the world:
Laurie: Wesley Sneijder – The likes of Iniesta, Messi and Xavi will get most of the plaudits, but for me there has been no-one better than the Dutchman. His all-round performances spearheaded both club and country to new heights. Inter won everything in sight, and he was joint top-scorer at the World Cup as the Netherlands got to the final. A marvellous player who doesn’t get the praise he deserves.
Tony: I am going with the boring and predictable answer here and going to say Lionel Messi, most people will agree that Messi is the best player on earth but believe Sneijder deserves the award on this years achievements, however these are team achievements if you look at stats Messi has had his best ever calendar year as an individual, Sneijder has had a great year and does deserve a lot of praise but for me I can’t see past Messi.
One to watch in 2011:
Laurie: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who is currently at Southampton I’ve been recently impressed with this boy and a few clubs have been linked with him, this time next year he will be a house hold name and hailed as the future.
Tony: I agree with Laurie, Chamberlain is 17 performing in League one and linked with everyone. Another one I think should be watched closely is Tom Cleverly the Man United midfielder who is currently on loan at Wigan, I can see him going on to big things.
Goal of the year:
Laurie: Matthew Burrows – What? No Messi or Fabregas? Nope. How about a part-time footballer from Northern Ireland? Burrows back-heel flick wonder goal for Glentoran against Portadown became an overnight internet sensation, and rightly so. A goal Leo and co would have been proud to call their own.
Tony: This is a tough one there are so many to chose from, as I am a fan of team football over individual efforts I am going to go for Bolton’s goal in the last minute against Blackpool scored by Mark Davies, this was Bolton in the last minute the ball was not hoofed long to Kevin Davies it was a move with pace, movement and slide rule passing. An honourable mention to Johan Elmander for his solo effort against Wolves but for me it’s his team mate Davies who takes the award.
Top 4: 1. Man City 2. Man United 3. Arsenal 4. Chelsea
Bottom Three: 18. West Brom 19. Wigan 20. Wolves
FA Cup: Tottenham
League Cup: Arsenal
Champions League: Barcelon
Europa League: Zenit St Petersburg
Championship promotion: QPR, Cardiff, Norwich (Play-offs)
Relegation: Preston, Crystal Palace, Bristol City
League One promotion: Brighton, Sheff Wed, Charlton (Play-offs
Relegation: Yeovil, Walsall, Dagenham & Redbridge, Tranmere
Promotion: Chesterfield, Bury, Shrewsbury, Rotherham (Play-offs)
Relegation: Morecambe, Hereford
Top 4: 1. Man united 2 Arsenal 3 Chelsea 4 Man City
Bottom three: 18th West Ham 19th Wolves 20th Wigan
FA Cup: Chelsea
League Cup: Arsenal
Champions League: Barcelona
Europa League: Manchester City
Championship: 1st QPR 2nd Cardiff, play off winners: Leeds United
Relegated: Preston, Crystal Palace and Scunthorpe.
League one: 1st Brighton 2nd Southampton, play off winners Charlton
Relegated: Yeovil, Walsall, Tranmere and Dagenham and Redbridge
League two: 1st Chesterfield 2nd Port Vale 3rd Shrewsbury, play off winners Wycombe
Relegated: Hereford and Accrington Stanley
Those are our thoughts but what do you think? Agree let us know, also tell us why the person or team is deserving of the award. Thank you for reading I hope you have enjoyed your read.