Well with the Premiership over for another year, this weekend saw United yet again win the title, for the third year in a row. With all the games played and a few surprises, I thought I would share with you my top 10 premiership footballers of the 08 / 09 season and needless to say not many of them are from Newcastle… Agree, disagree? Let me know in the comments section.
10. Marcio Geovanni
Another surprise performer, this time from newly promoted Hull. He did have a slow season after Christmas, but his 2008 form and 8 goals kept Hull clinging on to their Premiership after a a few games in the top 6!
9. Glen Johnson
The young English right back has probably earned himself a move to Liverpool this year with a string of dogged defensive and speedy offensive displays. Without him Pompey would probably be playing Championship football next season.
8. Joleon Lescott
This must be the third season in a row Joleon has had a stormer and I still can’t believe they won’t give hima run in an England shirt. He not only stop goals with great defending but he scores them too. Hi and Jagelkia are probably one of the strongest centre back pairings in the Premiership right now.
7. Fernando Torres
Unbelievable player, just a crap season through injury. 14 goals and 3 assists in just 24 games just show that Torres is the number one striker in the the world. Had he been in a United shirt last night for the Champions League Final his finishing would have stole the title, I am so glad he wasn’t!!!
6. Luka Modoric
The Croatian promised much but got off to a slow start until Harry came in and played him when he wanted to play. Since then he pretty much kept Spurs up providing goals and assists. Definitely one to watch next year, especially if they can bring in some class around him.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Well love him or hate him, there will not be many top players lists any season without his name near the top. Credit where credit is due the guy scores and sets up great goals. 18 goals and 6 assists in 33 games this season he will definately be missed in the Premiership next year.
4. Nicolas Anelka
Scoring in the last game of the season to take the golden boot with 19 goals, Anelka proved to the world he still has what it takes to be a class player. Pushing Drogba onto the bench for much of the season, expect Anelka to still be at Stamford Bridge next year.
3. Stephen Ireland
Already being linked with a big money move away from the Eastlands after contract negotiations stalled, Ireland set the premiership alight at the start of the campaign. Bagging a total of 9 Premiership goals and 9 assists this season.
2. Steven Gerrard
After finishing the 3rd highest scorer in the Premiership with 16 goals the machine rolled out another class season, adding 9 assists. I know people think of Messi and Ronaldo when you say the world’s best, but this man would be first on my teamsheet everytime. No-one does it better.
1. Andrei Arshavin
Although only signing in January, the little Russian magician showed he just oozes class after a slightly slow start. He scored a memorable four goals against Liverpool away to ultimately end their title hopes. My only disappointment is he ended up at Arsenal so he will never be better than a fourth place finish… Watch out for him next year.
And as a special treat I think my manager of the season must go to Roy Hodgson, he steered Fulham to 7th and a Europa cup place when many marked them down as a possible for relegation. And after beating United in the last few months set up a nail biting end to the season!