Without doing the usual trick that most people do when doing a team or player of the year, I’ve tried to steer clear of doing an XI consisting of nine Man Utd Players, John Terry and Steven Gerrard. So here’s my three players of the season so far, the three players that I have most enjoyed watching.
Gareth Bale – Bit predictable but impossible to ignore. To be fair, Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric could easily have been included, but Bale pips them, purely because he is brilliant, slightly more exciting to watch. Genuinely nice to see a left-footed winger (and a British one at that) taking the Premiership and Champions League by storm.
His pace and delivery of a ball, set piece or crossing is so good, and he looks to have matured. Also, good to see a young player with potential and a big transfer fee, start to deliver. Can he do it in 2011?
Tim Cahill – Has single-handed carried his team on his shoulders so far this season. I can’t understand why a bigger club has never thought to make a bid for him. Loves scoring, works hard, is the best player in the air in the Premiership EVER (attacking obviously), and loves his club.
Also, lives for the big occasion. Will be missed in January when his country has mysteriously moved to Asia to compete in the Asia Cup.
Charlie Adam – Blackpool did set the Premiership alight at first but have gone a little quiet recently. But their initial impact is largely down to Adam, and credit to Holloway for allowing his best player to do what he does best and simply create.
A throwback to an old-school playmaker, and one that never seems to move from the centre-circle (Jan Molby anyone). He pulls the strings without breaking sweat, and for some reason, left footed players always look a little easier on the eye. Can hopefully keep it (and his team) up next year.
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