It’s hard to argue that Wayne Rooney isn’t the MVP of the EPL this year. Say you had to rule him out, who’s next?
Scott, Die Hipster Brewing: Didier Drogba. Love him or hate him, he is an absolute force. Teams have to keep him out of games and that just frees up Kalou/Malouda/Lampard and Anelka. He makes heroic defensive plays. He works the trap and works the refs twice as hard.
Richard Farley, EPLTalk: I don’t believe it is difficult to argue somebody else is the league’s MVP. Were I a member of the Football Writers Association, I would have voted for Didier Drogba – who has a better goal rate, many more assists, is on a better team and has been a more difficult match-up for his opposition. I would have then voted for Carlos Tévez, then Rooney, then Cesc Fabregas. Rooney’s season is great, but the idea that he would be a landslide winner of the FWA award has roots in paper love, amongst other things.
Chris, Arsenal: I think you could put Drogba in there with Rooney as well (pretty amazing stats and performances for Drogba this year). Outside of those two, it is Cesc Fabregas. In games that Cesc featured for less than 45 minutes Arsenal are 4-3-4 by my count…Without Cesc, Arsenal are nowhere near winning a trophy. With him, they are pretty damn close. Statistics-wise Fabregas is second in goals scored with 15 and tied for the lead with 15 assists for all midfielders.
Rob, 723FootballFilms: As hard as it is for me to say Didier Drogba is undoubtedly the runner up MVP of the EPL this year. Drogba is only one goal behind Rooney for the league lead and had to miss a chunk of the season while off to the African Nations Cup. If Chelsea didn’t have Drogba banging in the goals left and right I don’t think they’d be in the title race at this point. Drogba has scored 23.25% of Chelsea’s goals.
Matthew, TSG: I have to go with part of my all-EPL column yesterday–and I can’t let Didier “Ezel” Drogba win unanimously.
Manchester United let in a suffocating 28 goals on the campaign–this with all four of its backline out for various amounts of time. At one point, Patrice Evra played centerback and Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick took turns at rightback. Additionally, Gary Neville certainly did not get a year younger. United clearly excelled once Edwin Van Der Saar returned from injury late in 2009. His calming and reassured presence cannot be understated