The New Year is fast rolling round again and with 2012 fast approaching, it’s time for every football pundit to produce the ritual list, handing out a number of titles. Not wanting to left out of the proceedings, here is The Coin Toss’s Yearly Review:
Best Player – Robin Van Persie. 34 goals this calendar year. ‘Nuff said.
Special mention – David Silva
Best Buy – Luiz Suarez. Revolutionized Liverpool from mid-table misery to contenders once more. With the help of Kenny Dalglish of course.
Special mention – Sergio Aguero
Worst Buy – Fernando Torres. An obvious choice, but let’s face it, that £50million move hasn’t exactly worked out. Emile Heskey looks more dangerous in front of goal.
Special mention – Andy Carroll
Boss We Love – Ian Hollaway. Lit up Match of the Day for the first half of 2011 with his humorous anecdotes and sharp Bristolian wit. Come back Ian, you are sorely missed.
Special mention – Owen Coyle
Sit Down and Shut Up Moment – Sepp Blatter. Recent comments about racism in football have brought his position as head of our game under disrepute once more. Taxi for Mr Blatter…
Special mention – Mike Ashley
Unsung Hero/Team Player – Scott Parker. Almost single-handedly kept West Ham in the Premier League, given Spurs an extra bite in midfield whilst offering England the solution to their defensive midfielder woes. Fantastic role model for football in general.
Special mention – Jon Walters
Goal of the Season – Wayne Rooney. Isn’t it obvious? I’ll be glad when 2011 is over so I can stop hearing about Rooney’s overheard kick.
Special Mention – Cheik Tiote
Funniest Incident – Mario Balotelli. Just type ‘bib’ into a certain video sharing site and enjoy. Robbie Savage provides amusing commentary.
Special mention – Joe Jordan/Gennaro Gattuso
Best Game Watched – Arsenal 4-4 Newcastle. The comeback that blew Arsenal’s season apart. Never mind 2011, this was one of the Premier League’s greatest ever games.
Special mention – Manchester United 1-6 ManchesterCity
A Player to watch in 2012 – Mario Gotze – The 19-year old German superstar lit up the Bundesliga in helping Borussia Dortmund to the title. Watch out for him in this summer’s European Championships.
Special mention – Phil Jones
Have a Moan – Foreign Owners. No understanding of how teams should be run these days. See Randy Lerner and his insensitive appointment of Alex McLeish, the Venky’s embarrassing effort at running Blackburn, or the proposed scheme to end relegation. Ruining the game.
Special mention – Leeds United’s continuously leaky defence