Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Time to hand out the gongs

It's that tie of year when all the gongs are being handed out to players who have performed exceedingly well in the last season. At the weekend we heard that Gareth Bale had been voted PFA player of the year and PFA young of player of the year by his fellow professionals. You'll also see that the PFA League One team of the year was named, so how did AFCB fare? 

Matt Ritchie
It won't surprise you to know that Matt Ritchie, who has already been named League One player of the year is in the team. However, the authorities have also seen fit to select both of AFCB's wing backs in Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels in the final 11. There is no place for Tommy Elphick who virtually swept the Cherries awards this season or for the influential Harry Arter or goal scoring sensation Brett Pitman.

Simon Francis
Charlie Daniels
Of course not all the places can go to AFCB players, by the way we had the most players in the best 11, although Matt Ritchie clearly did a lot for Swindon's great season as well. I was surprised that MK Dons did not get a player in the team when they have players of the calibre of Dean Bowditch and Stephen Gleeson.

Check out all the winners in League One's best team http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/8679118

I wonder if any of the 8 non-AFCB players in that best 11 for  League One would be a good addition to AFCB's team for next season? Could Yeovil's Patrick Madden do as good a goal scoring job in the Championship as he has done in League One? Could we bolster our midfield with a powerful player like Notts County's Alan Judge?

In the end of the day it is all personal opinion who people think are the best players, but I guess it all looks pretty good on the old CV if you happen to pick up an award.

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