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Player of the Season

By Nick Harrison :  01/05/2010 :  Comments (0) :
Not long to go now for this season of mixed feelings. I can't see a clear winner for the Player of the Season award but it'd be interesting to hear people's viewpoints. My own candidates would be, in no particular order:

Sylvain Distin

Despite having a penchant for firing the ball back to Tim Howard to test his concentration in some games, I honestly believe this man has been very, very good this season. His decision-making can often leave Goodison with its heart in its mouth but more often than not the odd things he tries come off and don't lead to a goal-scoring opportunity, let alone us being 1-0 down.

Quite often he has, frustrated at the lack of options, decided to take the ball forward himself at pace and I don't believe I've seen this backfire. His distribution as well has not been too bad (like Jagielka's), he can claim an assist for the Saha goal vs Chelsea.

All round, he's been a good buy despite my belief that Richard Dunne would have been more value for money.

Johnny Heitinga

I don't really feel the need to laud this man's abilities. He's a firm favourite for the Goodison crowd although I haven't really seen much 'hard-man' behaviour from him, despite everyone assuming he's a bit of a thug. Must be the skinhead. His distribution is fantastic. His positioning and off-the-ball play very good. His versitility is also an invaluable asset.

Marouanne Fellaini

Despite a bad start and a lot of grief from the fickle Evertonian contingent this man showed just how good a footballer he truly is. Fantastic control, good passer, better tackling, good positioning, and also, quite strangely, an effective crosser of the ball. I think he deserves the award just for that Maradonna-turn on Bellamy.

Let's hope Bily uses the Felli blueprint of not "playing well the first season but scoring some important goals and going to have a great second season"...hopefully a full one, not half like Felli.

Louis Saha

Showed his class this year with some great and effective goals. He carried the team in the early going with his 'out of nowhere' goals and despite a dry patch in the second half of the season, he's picked up probably (haven't checked my facts) more premier league goals than any Everton striker in a season?

Steven Pienaar

This man, in my opinion, is probably the joint-favourite for the award. He's a fantastic footballer and I genuinely hope today's omission from the squad has nothing more to it than injury. It's hard to pinpoint his strong points, he just seems to create openings and combine extremely well with the best left-back in the country this year, Baines.

Leighton Baines

As I said, he's got to be the best left-back in the country this season. Fantastic dribbling, great crossing from deep or the by-line, wonderful one-two passes with Pienaar and a great strike on him despite not really smashing the back of the net too often this season. Joint-favourite with Pienaar.

There've been good and consistent performances from other players, notably Neville and Cahill, and a great contribution from Arteta since his return, but I think the above are the front-runners for the award. If you want to include Donovan then I wouldn't argue with that either, I suppose.

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