The Spoiler Awards – Signing of the Season

Hernandez was heartbroken by our harsh decision to snub him

Javier Hernandez

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.

Yaya Toure

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.

Darren Bent

Want to tell us we’re idiots for picking Bent over Hernandez? Do so below…

12 responses so far
  • LoneWolf // June 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    You’re idiots for picking Bent over Hernandez.

  • blah // June 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    You’re idiots for picking Bent over Hernandez.

  • Samuel // June 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Luis Suarez, anyone?

  • Seth // June 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    You’re fucking brilliant for not choosing that worthless poacher Hernandez. Bent is a stud.

  • Martin // June 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Yeah, Ibrahimovic also carried Milan alone for a good amount of time…

  • MOTHAFOCKERS // June 3, 2011 at 3:30 am

    You’re all idiots, which player has done what he has in the PL in his first season being from an entirely different part of the world, in another continent which is North America to you bunch of ignorant idiots, who more than anything are jealous up to your noses and rears. You’re all talk as each of you won’t ever be in a position like his, even in your wetest dreams!

  • MOTHAFOCKERS // June 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Bent le dud!

  • G // June 3, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Ozil? Carvalho?

  • Rhodri // June 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Affelay? £2m then give him 2 mins in the Champs League final so Liverpool pay £15m. Great business Pep

  • PocherPea // June 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    You are so right Mothafocker — Felipe Caicedo should have beat out Bent. That is who you were talking about right? You thick dullard.

  • Brian // June 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Glad you mentioned Moussa Sow. Everyone’s always (and rightfully so) talking about Hazard and Gervinho, but they’re forgetting the man who put away the goals!

    Hernandez as the best signing. It’s so clear that it makes thinking about any competition for who was the best boring. Ray Wilkins as commentator? Ugh. Listen to the Spurs-Real game again.

  • Seth // June 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Mothafocker, you called everyone an idiot but I think, I think, you spelled “mother” and “f*cker” wrong. So jokes on you, o ye of too serious and arrogant comments.

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