Well, 1732 of you voted at the time of writing, and for the second time in a row NUFC Blog’s player of the season is (drumroll):
He beat off Tim Krul into second for the second time in a row too, with Davide Santon replacing Yohan Cabaye on the bottom siep of the podium. However, a poor season for the team seemed to make it much harder for all of you who voted to pick a decisive winner. Last year Captain Colo recieved received a mighty 34% of the entire vote, or 525 votes out if 1522. This year however it was only 17%, or 287 votes out of the aforementioned 1732.
You can see the full results in the poll at the bottom of this piece.
Though not a perfect defender, many are better in the air including central defensive teammates such as Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, his abilty with the ball on the floor and the way he can build play from the back have marked him out in Newcastle United’s heart of defence. Unfortunately though, this quality has hardly been a feature of Newcastle United’s play in general under the old fashioned “kick and rush” style of Alan Pardew.
Though last season certainly wasn’t Coloccini’s best at Newcastle, as I’ve already suggested it was hardly a great season for any of the players. One factor which may have swung it Coloccini’s way though was two awful defensive capitulations when Capitán Colo was on holiday nursing a bad back, a humiliating 3-0 drubbing to the Mackems, and two games later the even more awful 6-0 mauling by Liverpool. Despite earlier news that Coloccini was having a passionate Latin affair with an Argentinian old flame called San Lorenzo, and that he even went as far as trying to initiate divorce proceedings with Newcastle until the financial ramifications cooled his ardour somewhat, his reputation was soon restored when he returned from his holiday romance and seemingly staunched the bleeding. In his return to marshal the defence and captain the side after the Liverpool hammering, Newcastle United kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Fat Sam’s West Ham, and beat last season’s Premier League whipping boys, QPR, 2-1, eventually signing off for the season with a modest 0-1 defeat to Champions League Arsenal. Together with a little help from Swansea City, this helped the club to avoid a second relegation under the stewardship of Mike Ashley and then Managing Director, Derek Llambias.
Mentioned in dispatches…
Looking at a other players in the poll, who’d have thunk a season ago that Cheick Tiote would end up rock bottom with a support of under 1% with only 4 votes? Or that the much pursued Mathieu Debuchy would only be just above him after all the fuss, bother and high hopes preceding his arrival in January? Of course, it could be said that much of this was due to his late arrival, however Demba Ba only played for half a season too before moving to Chelsea, yet the Senagalese goal machine still came fourth with 7% and 127 votes. In his first half season Debuchy played like a bull in a china shop, though this is nothing new as he has picked up no fewer than 63 yellow cards and 6 red cards in his career so far.
One player who possibly did less well than expected is Yohan Cabaye, who as you can see came only sixth on the poll with 6% of the vote (111 votes). Although it was hardly his greatest season either, and he missed 13 games with a groin injury, he still had a case for being Newcastle’s two or three most important players last season. Perhaps his spell as captain in the absence of Coloccini, including the abovementioned abject results against Sunderland and Liverpool counted against him?
Cabaye was beaten into fifth by the surprise package of the season, Sylvain Marveaux. Though the fleet footed little Frenchman made a total of 36 appearences in all competions throughout the season, many of his appearences in the Premier League were as a late substitute and it was only in the Europa League that he got a fair go. In the 22 times he got a run out in the Premier League, he only played for an average of 45 minutes, or the equivalent of 11 full games. Despite that though, he was the teams leading provider of goal assists with 5 in the Premier League, or 6 in all competitions.
Similar things could also be said about little Vurnon Anita though, and he only managed a tiny 1% or 15 votes. Though brought in as defensive midfielder who could also fill in on both sides of defence too, he actually distinguished himself his superb technique with the ball and his abilty to create chances in attack. Like Marveaux, he made quite a few appearances (37 in all competitions) but once again, many of these were as a substitute and they tailed off rapidly in the latter half of the season, when he spent most of his time on the bench for some reason. Despite this, he was still (along with the aforementioned Marveaux) Newcastle United’s second greatest creator of chances behind Yohan Cabaye.
|NUFC Blog Player of the Season Roll of Honour|
|2012/13||Fabricio Coloccini||297 (1732)||17%|
|2011/12||Fabricio Coloccini||525 (1522)||34%|
|2010/11||Joey Barton||525 (1698)||31%|
|2009/10||José Enrique||529 (1866)||28%|
NUFC Blog.org “Player of the season” poll – 2012-13.