Hi there, after a few days of politics, I thought that I would write about something a bit different today. The shortlist’s for the Players Player of the year has been announced both sides of the border.
Here in Scotland, the nominees are Artur Boruc, Lee Naylor and Shunsuke Nakamura of Celtic and Aberdeen Captain Russell Anderson, with the winners announced on 22nd April.
In England, the nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs & Paul Scholes of Manchester United, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, Liverpool captain Steven Gerard and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Again the winner will be announced on the 22nd April.
However, while it is good to celebrate the top performers, I feel that the spotlight should also fall on those players who perhaps did not play so well. I remember several years ago on the excellent Baker and Kelly-Upfront phone in show, still I believe the best football phone in show ever, Danny Baker asking for what he described as “your nomination for the anti-footballer of the year. Just a name and a reason”.
I think that it would certainly spice up the dull (and a bit too worthy) football shows. So what about it out there in the blogoshere. Anyone reading this nominate your anti-player of the year.
My nomination would be Tony Bullock, not just because he’s not as good as our other keeper, Chris Smith, but because there were points this season where you wondered why Bullock was in the team (I think he was in the team from the 1-0 win at Hearts in September till the 5-1 loss at Hibs just before Christmas). Outside of the buds, my nomination would be Barry Ferguson of Rangers, he’s not had a great season, had flattered to deceive and is just overrated by a fawning media.
Look forward to reading your comments. See you next time