We have already had Kevin Nolan named as the Championship Player of the Year, but last night it was time to announce the PFA Championship Team of the Year. The PFA awards were held at a glittering ceremony in London, and whilst Wayne Rooney must be pleased to have walked of with the PFA Player of the Year award, it doesn’t really interest me so much. What does interest me is the Championship Team of the year, which turns out features four players from Newcastle United this season. They are Fabricio Coloccini (as pictured), Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll.
Again it’s just another sign of a great season and whilst it must be nice to recieve recognition, it has to be somewhat expected after the manner in which we ended up winning the league and promotion back to the Premier League, which looks more comfortable now than it possibly was when we were in the midst of the season.
So how did these players get picked to represent Newcastle in the Team of the Year? What puts them above the likes of Jonas Gutierrez and Steve Harper? Here I will hvae a quick run through of their respective seasons.
Fabricio Coloccini: Possibly the player with the most question marks surrounding him; Would he still be with us? Would he spit the dummy? What would his attitude be like? Could he handle the physical side of the game more and cut out the mistakes?
He has answered all of those questions, making 36 appearances and scoring 2 goals in the process. A first class attitude has been on display from him all season. Has a point to prove next season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does just that.
Jose Enrique: The best left back in the division without doubt, and the player with possibly the least amount of questions surrounding him with regards to peformance and attitude. Cleary loves the club and has recieved regular adulation from the stands in his 34 appearances. Of course, who can forget the scenes of joy when he managed to grab is first goal for the club against Nottingham Forest? One of the defining images of the season in my opinion.
Kevin Nolan: Still has his doubters, but nobody can deny that his 17 league goals in 44 appearances this season have contributed immensely to the team claiming the title. It’s not only his goals that have been important either. Over the course of the season, Kevin has emerged as a real leader and spokesman for the team on and off the pitch. Will surely be captain next year, his experience of 272 Premier League appearances could prove vital for us.
Andy Carroll: You get allsorts from Andy Carroll. The passion of playing for his local team, controversy, goals and superb link up play. The last two in that list have both improved dramatically over the course of the season and it now seems that Carroll could be realising some of his potential as a player. You would have to think that if he can keep himself clear of trouble the he can go on to establish himself as a Premier League striker after his 17 league goals in 38 appearances this season.
I personally feel that the four selected have every right to be in the Team of the Year, and wonder why players like Steve Harper and Jonas Gutierrez were left out after their excellent respective seasons.
Here is the PFA Championship Team of the Year in full:
Camp (Nottingham Forest), Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Coloccini (Newcastle United), Williams (Swansea), Enrique (Newcastle United), Dorrans (West Brom), Whittingham (Cardiff), Nolan (Newcastle United), Adam (Blackpool), Carroll (Newcastle United), Chopra (Cardiff).