Everton Player of the Month, 2006-07

Voted for by you, the fans!

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PLAYER OF THE SEASON
Mikel Arteta

1. Arteta 50.2%
2. Lescott 36.6%
3. Carsley 3.5%
4. Howard 2.3%
5. Johnson 2.1%
Total votes: 684


Mikel Arteta

For the second season running, there was no real contest in the vote for Everton Player of the Season, with Mikel Arteta once again proving to be the Blues' most important player.

As the creative lifeblood of an otherwise workman-like midfield, the Spaniard was instrumental in the club achieving an impressive 6th-place finish and qualifying for the Uefa Cup.

The only other player to score a significant share of the votes (36.6.%) was Joleon Lescott who had a spectacular first season at Goodison following his summer move from Wolves.

Lee Carsley, Tim Howard and Andy Johnson in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively shared roughly 8% of the votes in recognition of their own achievements.


FEBRUARY
Mikel Arteta

1. Arteta 22.9%
2. Stubbs 17.2%
3. Lescott 13.6%
4. Johnson 12.4%
5. Carsley 9.7%
Total votes: 760


Mikel Arteta

He was the runaway choice for Player of the Season last year but thus far this campaign he has been edged out of the PotM running but David Moyes's high-performing newboys — well he might have won in November or December had we run the poll those months but we'll never know, eh. But in February, Mikel Arteta lived up to his billing as "Everton's best player" by topping the voting from our readers.

The Spaniard was the mastermind behind the victories over Blackburn and Watford.

Also recognised for stellar displays that month was Alan Stubbs who polled second, while two-time winner, Joleon Lescott, came in third ahead of Andy Johnson.

Unsung hero, Lee Carsley, also makes the top five for the third time this season, adding weight to his mature contribution this season.

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JANUARY
Joleon Lescott

1. Lescott 47.7%
2. Arteta 27.5%
3. Yobo 5.5%
4. Stubbs 4.9%
5. Carsley 3.9%
Total votes: 776


Joleon Lescott

There were a few concerns when it emerged that David Moyes wanted to spend £5.5m on a defender from the Championship, one who had missed the entire season of his club's only season in the Premiership with a serious knee injury, particularly as there wasn't too much competition for his services.

But with every passing month Joleon Lescott is proving to be one of the best acquisitions the club has made since the 1980s, an impression backed up by his second successive PotM accolade by a wide margin.

Mikel Arteta's bid for a second successive Player of the Season award is well on track as he remains a driving force for the Blues and he polled second in January ahead of Joseph Yobo, Alan Stubbs and Lee Carsley.


OCTOBER
Joleon Lescott

1. Lescott 44.7%
2. Cahill 26.9%
3. Howard 18.9%
4. Arteta 5.1%
5. Johnson 2.1%
Total votes: 376


Joleon Lescott

David Moyes's transfer policy has come in for criticism at varying times of his tenure as Everton manager but the October ToffeeWeb Player of the Month vote would seem to offer validation for three of his most successful signings as they occupy the top three places in the voting.

On the back of some impressive displays in both his natural central defensive position and filling in at left back, Joleon Lescott becomes the first player not named Andy Johnson to be named TW PotM this season. The summer acquisition from Wolves picked up almost half the votes cast.

It was all the more impressive a result for Lescott given the fact that he beat out Tim Cahill whose goals in October lifted him to the top of the Everton scoring charts with some crucial strikes. Cahill polled second with almost 27% of the votes, slightly ahead of Tim Howard who has settled comfortably into life at Goodison.

After those two consecutive PotM victories, Andy Johnson's goal drought means that he only picked up the fifth-highest number of votes.


SEPTEMBER
Andy Johnson

1. Johnson 50.2%
2. Lescott 26.6%
3. Cahill 10.3%
4. Carsley 4.6%
5. Neville 2.8%
Total votes: 1,232


Andy Johnson

If nothing else, the September PotM vote seems to be validation of David Moyes's two big-money summer signings.

Andy Johnson was, not surprisingly, the top man for the second month running having notched four goals.

But Joleon Lescott's first appearance in the top five is welcome recognition of the manner in which he has settled into life at Goodison Park since joining from Wolves. Tim Cahill came through with some crucial goals in September and polled third.

Lee Carsley, so often the unsung hero of the midfield, was perhaps unfortunate to garner only 4% of the votes, and Phil Neville placed fifth again this month.


AUGUST
Andy Johnson

1. Johnson 74.0%
2. Osman 9.8%
3. Arteta 4.6%
4. Yobo 3.3%
5. Neville 2.1%
Total votes: 2,217


Andy Johnson

Most Evertonians were optimstic about the acquisition of Andy Johnson and the firepower he could add to the side, but few dared believe he would make such a sudden impact!

No surprise, then, that the club's record signing steamrollered the competition in the first TW PotM vote of the new season, picking up almost three quarters of the votes, after scoring two goals in his first three games.

Leon Osman, who continued his terrific form of last season into August of this campaign, polled second with almost 10%, while last season's Player of the Season, Mikel Arteta was third.





NB: Results are only posted for the top selection of players who received votes and the
percentages will therefore not necessarily total 100%