The Spoiler Awards – Signing of the Season
Hernandez was heartbroken by our harsh decision to snub him
Some pundits will tell you that Javier Hernandez is not only the signing of the season but of the entire century, however we’re going to try to make a case for somebody else, more so to avoid being boring than to try to be controversial.
Chicharito’s feat in scoring 20 goals in his first campaign at Manchester United was pretty special, and the chances are that with each passing year, the lovable Mexican will probably appear more and more of a bargain.
Was he the main inspiration behind his side’s main achievement, claiming the Premier League title, though? The Spoiler is saying no, and our choice is someone who was more directly attributable to his club’s recent success.
Also just missing out are PFA Player of the Year nominee Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Odemwingie and in particular Yaya Toure, laughed off as a waste of money on outrageous wages last summer yet responsible for ending Man City’s hideously long trophy drought with two huge goals at Wembley.
Others that we pondered but ruthlessly snubbed were Cheik Tiote, Demba Ba and perhaps most surprisingly Steven Fletcher, who came good when it mattered most for Wolves, while elsewhere in Europe, Moussa Sow and Felipe Caicedo are unsung heroes worthy of a name drop.
Then of course there’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the serial title-winner, who in truth didn’t do much besides getting sent off in the closing months of the campaign yet won AC Milan their first Serie A title in seven years courtesy of his sheer presence alone.
There have been some impressive TV additions too, with Sky re-signing Ray Wilkins – and my word was that young man missed during his stint as Chelsea assistant – and strengthening their Sky Sports News squad with our new favourite presenter Rachel Wyse.
Valuable contributions were made by all mentioned so far, though there can only winner, and The Spoiler has settled on…
Sure, he cost between somewhere around £18-24 million depending on which reports you read but Gerard Houllier brought him to Aston Villa to as good as guarantee that they stayed in the Premier League and he delivered.
Villa were outside the relegation zone on just goals scored when he arrived but finished up in ninth place and the England striker was the main reason why after netting nine times in 16 appearances.
Want to tell us we’re idiots for picking Bent over Hernandez? Do so below…