Nowhere else to start today except by congratulations Cesc Fabregas, who has won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, Ronaldo predictably and correctly winning the senior award.
It is fantastic that he has been recognised in this way, although I am confused at how Ronaldo hasn’t swiped both awards (as he did last season), having been nominated in both. If he’s the best player, surely he is the best young player? The only thing I can imagine is that he lost votes because some thought 23 was too old for a ‘young’ award.
Still, it’s well deserved for Cesc, who again showed maturity beyond his years, admitting that he would prefer a trophy for his club, while dedicating his achievements to those around him:
“This is for all the team, and all the fans, because all together we have had good season even though we haven’t won anything at the end”.
Adebayor, Clichy and Sagna all made the team of the year, and amusingly, Chelsea were not represented at all. Having four players in the team of the season really does show how far we’ve come this season, easy as that can be to forget after the disappointments of the last two months.
Elsewhere, none of the transfer situations have been resolved, I still suspect Flamini’s end of month deadline will come and go without us hearing a final decision, so expect it to drag.
I can see why Wenger wants to resolve this quickly, however. Every two summers, when an international tournament takes place, he likes to sign players earlier, before their stock rises on the biggest stage. The most recent example was Rosicky two years ago, who confirmed his arrival before shining in the World Cup. Wenger will want to know how many players he needs to sign, and quickly, in case we get priced out by our rivals later on.
Back to the football, and we’re away to Derby tonight with a much changed side, likely to include Fabianski, Hoyte, Denilson and perhaps Diaby now his suspension is over. Mathematically, the title is still alive so they will still be going for a win, but a Carling Cup team should be able to beat Derby so there can be no excuses if they don’t. Let’s hope van Persie’s luck turns and he grabs a couple.
Final word on Spurs’ signing of Modric – I was surprised, and I’m not sure why he’s gone there, but if they’re going to spend all their money on attacking players, then their miserable defence will still let them down next season.
Enjoy the game tonight.