Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Overlooked: Four Who Missed Out on the PFA Team of the Season

photo by Tom (hmm a rosa tint)via PhotoRee

By now we all know who made the Professional Footballers Association 2013 Team of the Season, but what about those who didn't?  farlieonfootie sends our crack reporting team in search of those who fell just short:

o Michu: How can the league's fifth leading scorer be kept off the team, particularly by the likes of Eden Hazard...?  Sure, the Frenchman showed some fancy footowork, but 17 goals can't -- and shouldn't --be ignored.  If the awards had been announced midway through the season, Michu would likely have won PFA Player of the season hands down.  Yes, he cooled off somewhat in the season's second half, but let's not forget what he did and what he meant to his team.  A certain oversight.

o Asmir Begovic or Simone Mignolet: It's tough to distinguish between the two, as they made spectacular save after spectacular save virtually all season long.  Injuries took their toll on Stoke's defense, and Sunderland is Sunderland -- but look at what their 'keepers did....  Think about how bad Stoke would be without the big Bosnian in between the sticks.  Hint: they failed to score in 15 of their games this season; that's relegation material if ever we heard it.  And as for Sunderland, 11 clean sheets with that motley crew is pretty damn impressive.  We love David De Gea, but come on -- someone give these two some love, as well.

o Jan Vertonghen: Again, he may have tailed off a bit of late, but who can forget what the heart of Spurs' defense has meant to his club?   The Belgian had a year to remember in hs Premier League debut and made fans regret the team's decision to depend on William Gallas for so long.  He also popped up at the other end of the pich, scoring three goals -- as many as Emmanuel Adebayor, mind you, a player who is supposedly being paid to score for a living -- two of which came at a very crucial time in the season for Spurs.

This is farlieonfootie saying "Rabbit Rabbit" on May 1.

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