Player of the Year
Baines has been consistently a stand out performer for 3 seasons now but this was his best yet. Comfortably our most creative player, laying on 63 goal scoring opportunities for teammates resulting in 11 assists, outscoring most of his team mates…plus his cracking music blog!……Where would Everton have been without him? Leon Osman also deserves a mention for his form in the second half of the season and Cahill for being the only player who looked like scoring before Christmas.
Match of the Season
Most fans will agree that the 5-3 win againstBlackpoolwas the best game of the season in terms of pure excitement. Holloway’s men ran the Blues ragged at the back but we played some great stuff also with Saha smashing 4 and Beckford scoring a great goal also in truly biblical weather conditions. Even James Beattie played well. Never can I remember a game so open at Goodison. The win up at Eastlands was also superb from a defensive standpoint.
This one goes to Jermaine Beckford. The striker scored a goal every 164 minutes, and got a shot on target every 57 minutes. In comparison Saha scores a goal every 196 minutes with Cahill scorers a goal every 224 minutes. The league benchmark for ruthless finishing is Robin Van Persie who gets a goal every 98 minutes
Presser of the Year
Marouanne Fellaini wins this award hands down. Making a successful challenge every 30 minutes he is comfortably our most aggressive player. He also makes more interceptions and fouls per game than anyone else. A mention also goes to Distin who averages 10 clearances per game– comfortably the most at the club.
Passer of the Season
Despite having a poor season Mikel Arteta’s stats add up to him maintaining this mantle as the clubs best passer. With a pass completion of 83% (comfortably above the club average of 76%) the Spaniard creates 2.03 chances per game for team-mates, just ahead of Baines, although the chances Baines has created for colleagues have a higher conversion rate than Arteta (11v 5) The stats don’t really tell the tale her though, as Arteta for the most part has been disappointing in centre mid and probably played his best game when shifted out to the wing against Newcastle
The Stringer Bell Mastermind Schemer Award
Leon Osman gets this award for his second half of the season contribution. The midfielder has received unwarranted abuse in the past – perhaps for not having the physique of Papa Bouba Diop. Osman created 24 goal scoring opportunities and registered 44 shots, he also totalled 5 assists and 4 goals. Osman also makes the joint most amount of dribbles per game (1.6) along with Seamus Coleman
Goal of the season
His free kick up at Spurs was better but in terms of timing and occasion his whipped effort in the Shed end atChelsea in the last minute of the cup tie was superb. Over the campaign this was by far the best day on the road for this Blue.
The Pauly Walnuts Award for Psychotic Tendency
Jonny Heitinga had a pretty tepid campaign barring a decent end of season run, but his barge on the vile Ashley Cole as he ran up for his shoot out spot kick reminded us that the fist waving Dutchman can have a really competitive streak when he applies himself.
Comedy Opponent of the Year Award
Tough call this one. James Collins is one of the poorest centre backs I’ve seen in a while for Villa. Whitehead and Delap from Stoke are also comedy performers in terms of midfielders who rarely ever touch the ball. Fabregas and Wenger also come into contention for their juvenile antics during and after the game at The Emirates. This year though the award goes to Jamie Carragher for his sublime attempt at wing play in the Goodison derby. Even Paul McShane couldn’t have pulled this one off. One observer astutely commented it was the equivalent of an ‘out of control shopping trolley’
Tactical Move of the season:
The use of Coleman as a ‘tornanti‘ to man mark Ashley Cole and then give him just as much problems up the other end of the pitch was superb and showed how mature a defensive shift Coleman can do. The Irishman did a similar job on Bale down atWhite Hart Lane also with the Welshman dominated so much that he ended up being switched to the opposite flank.
The Mikel Madar Loose Canon Award
Fellaini gets this award for one of the most needless red cards in living memory & subsequent ban against Bolton back in October. Previously unbeaten in 6, the Blues would thus sink into a miserable period of the season back in November.
Opponent of the Year Award:
Despite the general quality of the division not being up to the standard of previous years, there was still some big displays from stand out performers this year at Goodison. Nani was superb back in September for Man U, Holden from Bolton and Vaughan from Blackpool also caught the eye home and away this year with energy and quality from midfield and Bent’s movement and goals where also textbook. David Silva gets the award though for his first half display at Goodison this year when he was virtually unplayable, floating around the pitch with a sublime first touch and great vision
For those who missed the first part of the season review, you can view it here
This is the final end of season post – previously I was going to do a 3rd but it was getting a bit much stats wise and I’m sure everyone wants to move on from this season now! If there are any stats I haven’t covered that you wanted to know, just ask and I’ll look into it for you.
Thanks very much for reading the blog this season – reader numbers have gone up a hell of a lot since back in September and I have really appreciated your comments and feedback along the way. There will probably be some summer posting/ranting but the season basically ends here.
Up the Toffees!!
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