Saturday, 20 April 2013

PFA Player Of The Year Is.......

PFA Player of the Year shortlist:

Robin van Persie - My Winner 
Luis Suarez 
Gareth Bale 
Michael Carrick 
Juan Mata 
Eden Hazard

Van Persie -  The Dutchman has probably been the signing of the summer for United as his goals have lead United to the title. He may have had a small dip in form for part of the season but his quality did show and is my pick for this award. Carried on his form from last season and could win this award for the second season on the spin.

Suarez- Had by far his best season at Liverpool, a good goal scorer, not great as he does miss a lot, but at least he's in those positions. He for me showed his work rate is one of the best in England and he is too good to be playing Europa League in a World Cup year.

Bale – Has had his best season in English football. He has mastered playing on the wing or down the middle. Bale is now the key man for club and country and the future looks bright for Bale. He won't win this version of the award.

Carrick – A lot love him a lot hate him, some think he should be in the England team, some think he shouldn't even be in the United team. However the facts are he will add another Premier League winners medal to his collection and I think will land the Man United player of the year, not this one. He has been consistent, a great passer and keeps the ball better then any player in his position in England.

Mata – As one of the trio behind the striker at Chelsea Mata performances this season show how much of a talent he is, he still can’t break into the Spanish starting 11 but he has had a big season in the blue of Chelsea.

Hazard – The second Chelsea player, another one of the trio behind he front man, for his first season in England he has done very well. He does add that something a little bit different to the rest, a very skillful exciting player with a bright future. Apart from his incident with a ball boy the Belgium has had a great season.

PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist
Gareth Bale - My Winner
Christian Benteke 
Eden Hazard
Romelu Lukaku
Danny Welbeck 
Jack Wilshere

Bale – Like I said he has had his best season in English football. He has mastered playing on the wing or down the middle. Bale is now the key man for club and country and the future looks bright for Bale. I think he will end up winning this version of the award.

Benteke – Another Belgium in this exciting list, he has been a beast for Villa. In a team that have struggled this year he has been a shining light through-out. He probably won’t win this as Aston Villa are not a 'fashionable' or 'big club' but he has been fantastic.

Hazard – The second Chelsea player, another one of the trio behind he front man, for his first season in England he has done very well. He does add that something a little bit different to the rest, a very skillful exciting player with a bright future. 

Lukaku – Has used his loan spell to show Chelsea, the Premier League and his country what he can do at this level. Similar to Drogba in some ways he bullies defenders and has been a star this year. He can play as the front man on his own or in a pair. I think he will go on loan again next year before his career at Chelsea really begins.

Welbeck – Not his best goal scoring season but when needed he does the job. His goal against Real Madrid will probably be his personal highlight of the year. Another winners medal for him in May will make up for the lack of goals. His work rate is exceptional and that has to be noted.

Wilshere – A injury hit season but when available you can see how badly Arsenal need and miss him. He won’t win this but he has to make sure he's fully rested and 100% fit for next year, a Wold Cup year when not only Arsenal but England will be watching and relying on him.

Players unlucky not to get a mention 

Santi Cazorla
Leighton Baines
Jan Vertongan 
Rickie Lambert 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

QPR - Who is to blame

It looks like QPR will be playing Championship football next season after a disappointing & gutting draw against Wigan on Sunday. After going down to 10 men when Bobby Zamora foolishly got himself sent off, Rangers took the lead with a goal by Lioc Remy who has been nothing more then sensational for QPR. However they let themselves down once again by giving away a free kick in the dieing seconds where Shaun Maloney curled it in to the top corner. As the silence fell at Loftus Road realisation was for the fans they knew there's no way they can crawl there way back and survive from this.  

So who is to blame for the carnage of a season QPR have had:

1. Mark Hughes - This is the man who last season said 'We will never be in this position again with me in charge' Well he was right, in fact it was a even worse position.  Hughes wasted big money on players who simply didn't care & were just their for a final pay day. Bosingwa, Park, Granero, Zamora, Johnson to name a few. He was also on a massive wage himself. He simply did not know his best team at all which cost us. QPR did not win any of the first 13 games of the season with him in charge which simple you can't get away with in the Premier League. It came to a stage were the fans lost faith in him, the players clearly had but chairman Tony  Fernandes kept on openly backing him, so sacking him became even harder. In the end he stuck around too long waiting for a pay off so he is a major factor in this calamitous season.

2. Players
- The players that got QPR up to the Premier League were basically ignored when the big name big money players came in, they were the ones who came back & saved them last year. Again this summer the big money names came in but it simple didn't work. A lot came for a big pay day at the end of their career but the balance of the squad was wrong with players that cared being out numbered by the ones that were there for the cash. 

For example Park Ji Sung who came in the summer from Man United. There was excitement from the all QPR fans, a Champions League winner who works his socks off for United was coming to us. He was even giving the club captaincy by Hughes, this was probably done to soften the deal for him and sell shirt in Asia. What we got was a lazy shadow of a player we saw at United, who gave the ball away consistently lost the captain's arm band and looks like he will retire at the end of the season. That's how much he cared. On the flip side Ryan Nelson who brought in as no more then a cover centre back but ended up playing most of the games at the start of the campaign and was by far QPR best player with some amazing performances. He literally 'played on his own' as the fans chanted.

If you look at the players Redknapp brought in January the best is Lioc Remy who might just be one of the best strikers QPR have had in their history. Andros Townsend has also been great since his move. However it looks like a case of too little too late. I do wonder how QPR will manage to offload some of the big earners in the summer when they have failed so badly. 

Fernandes - Now he did back each manager since he arrived at the club with money. I do think he was a bit naive at the start and had agents in his ear feeding him lies which he lapped up. He is also very media friendly which can be negative at times. After there poor start he was also on Sky Sports backing Hughes saying it will be look. He also has been open to fans on twitter. Now if things are going well it's all good, but when it goes bad it gets really bad. Openly backing Warnock & Hughes on there backfired as fans have the opportunity to say what they want consistently. It also looks stupid if you say this is a must win or I back the boys and they always let you down, the media have all the ammunition they need to humiliate you. I think he will stay if Rangers go down & hopefully he can get rid of some of these big earners that have let him down so badly. 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

This weekend the focus is at the foot of the table again as Reading have a huge game against Southampton. It will be Nigel Adkins first game in charge at the Madejski Stadium taking on his former side. The way he was treated at St Mary's was very harsh and he will want nothing more to get one over his old side. However Reading can not defend for their life's and Southampton are pretty decent going forward. I think Reading could manage a draw but that won't be enough. 

Norwich who are not out of the woods yet face Swansea.They have won the last 3 meetings against the Swans and they probably will win on Saturday and secure their Premier League place for another season. Stoke have a massive game at home to Aston Villa, Stoke have lost 5 of their last 7 in the league and if Villa can get the win they will only be one point behind them. 

On Sunday Paulo Di Canio takes his Sunderland side to Chelsea, a place where he has good memories but it will be very hard for the blacks cats to pick up anything at Stamford Bridge. Then at Loftus Road it really is a must win game for QPR they have blow so many chances to dig themselves out of this mess their in. On Sunday a defeat to Wigan will be the end for them. It will be interesting how Wigan approach the game with the FA Cup semi final to play next weekend. However they do know a win at QPR will see them gone. I wonder how many of these QPR super-stars they have collected will stick around for Championship football, but more importantly who will buy them? 

At the top of the league Arsenal could jump to fourth on Saturday if they win at West Brom. This would put pressure om Chelsea & Tottenham on Sunday, like I said I can see Chelsea winning but Tottenham have Everton who are still pushing for top four finish so it will be a serious test of Spurs' nerves as Arsenal are creeping up. Bale missing is a blow. 

On Monday night its the Manchester derby but this one won't be no title decider like last year.The league is done but this is really about humiliation & revenge for United. That 6-1 still hurts and how City won the league on the last day hurts even more. They would want to get one over on their rivals and a big win on Monday would be a good way to rub the City fan faces in it. Man United could win the league at Arsenal in a few weeks which also would be good for the fans as Arsenal done it to them in 2002.