With the Premier League season heading slowly towards its conclusion, we begin to think about who this year’s Player of the Season could be. It is a difficult and thought-laden decision, which will ultimately divide opinion across the globe.
However, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and see what the previous five winners have gone on to do since winning the coveted Premier League Player of the Season award.
2009-10 – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
This award went along with many personal accolades for the Manchester United legend at the end of this season. He also won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award as well as being selected in PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
Unfortunately for Rooney his side could only manage to win the League Cup in 2009-10 but his 26 league goals were testament to how well he played.
Now considered one of the old guard in a United side which has been trying to recapture its glory days since Alex Ferguson left. Rooney has been handed the honour of captaining Louis van Gaal’s side and is considered as an instrumental go-between the new and old players currently at the club.
2010-11 – Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
It was difficult to look past a United player in picking the 2010-11 season’s Player of the Year following United’s dominating display, winning the title with a nine-point gap over Chelsea.
Vidic was a rock at the heart of United’s defence all season, conceding just 37 league goals in total. This award was to be his second in just three seasons and the last of five United players in a row to win the award.
The former Serbia international now lines out for Inter Milan who are currently in ninth place in Serie A. He has scored one goal this season and made 16 starts so far. A man still missed by many at United, despite the signings of Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw.
2011-12 – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
It may seem like a long time ago already since he won the award but Kompany is still very much part of City’s defensive unit; arguably the most integral part of their back-line to this day.
It had to be a Man City player in 2011-12 and it had to be Kompany who would be the recipient of the prize as the Citizens won their first top flight title since the 1960s.
Such is the way with a mega-rich club like City, the Belgium international has had to adapt to new teammates constantly but whoever he is partnered with in defence, Kompany has been as reliable as ever. This season could be set to wither away on City if they aren’t careful but it is the rock-solid centre-back who won’t be found wanting in commitment and talent from now until the end of the year.
2012-13 – Gareth Bale – (Tottenham Hotspur)
The Welshman may not have been with one of the top clubs in 2012-13 but his outstanding individual performances often carried the north London club to their eventual fifth place finish.
He scored an outstanding 26 goals in all competitions during this season and cemented his profile as one of the top flight’s most prized players.
Unique talent like his brings with unique opportunities and Real Madrid swooped for the world’s next footballing sensation following his award-winning campaign.
Bale has since gone on to win the Champions League, the Copa Del Rey and the FIFA Club World Cup with his new team.
And at the age of just 25 there is set to be plenty more silverware heading in his direction again before long.
2013-14 – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Scintillating performances were mixed with outstanding goalscoring ability as Suarez became the standout player in 2013-14.
His 31 goals was the statistic which stood out but it was the way Suarez won the ball back and brought others into the game which was also a key feature of the Reds’ play last season.
The temptation to leave for Barcelona proved too much to turn down and he has since linked up with forward partners Lionel Messi and Neymar to create one of the most fearsome attacking trios in world football this year.
He has notched up 14 goals in all competitions, helping Barcelona to the summit of La Liga as well as the quarter-finals of the Champions League so far this season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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