It’s been such a stop-start season for many of our star performers that picking a player of the year isn’t that easy. But, coming into April, it is time to start thinking which Spurs player has impressed us the most over the last 8 months. Here is my shortlist.
This man has had an incredible couple of months but has he been consistent enough to warrant player of the season? There is absolutely no doubt that on his day, he is the best player in our squad, but he didn’t perform incredibly before Christmas – he wasn’t bad, but he’s hardly set the world alight. Can we give him player of the season based on his post-Christmas form? I’ll leave that one up to you. I personally think that there are stronger candidates.
You can count the number of times we’ve lost with this man starting this season on one hand, and that is a true testament to his ability to controlling the middle of the field. As well as excelling defensively, he is the tempo-setter in this Spurs team and always keeps the play moving. He has been an example of consistency this season when it has been hard to come by for most of the squad, and he has definitely proved himself to be worth every penny of the £15m we spent for him.
With Younes Kaboul injured, ‘SuperJan’ has been so important this season, and he’s delivered. He has shown competence as a ball-playing defender but crucially, he is rock-solid at the back. His performance against Arsenal at the Lane alongside Michael Dawson was exceptional and he deserves his Ledley King comparisons. Since our late defeat at Everton, we’ve hardly conceded more than once in the League and that is in no small part down to the Belgian.
A player only truly valued by supporters and officials of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The balance he offers the team is pivotal in our success; indeed, he has missed the last few games and Spurs have lost them – partly down to the lack of an outlet on the right wing. We’ve still never lost when he scored, and crucial goals and assists, such as v Arsenal and v Manchester United at the Lane in the last couple of months, will be remembered for a long time. A real fan favourite, and don’t be surprised if the speedy Englishman gets a lot of votes.
Spurs fans are unfamiliar with the feeling of being confident in a goalkeeper; well, they’d better get more used to that sensation. With this Frenchman playing, the team looks more confident, the High Line TM actually works, and it shows in our results. A clean sheet in his Premier League debut and he has never looked back. Very much a silent hero; his contributions, subtle yet crucial, go unnoticed by many but he should be truly valued for the French national captain and outstanding goalkeeper that he is.
Honourable mentions go to Sandro – who would have been a dead cert for the award before his injury, Michael Dawson – who hasn’t played enough to be shortlisted here but has been very solid whenever called upon, and Jermain Defoe – whose early season form got AVB up and going.
Who do you think should be player of the season?
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