So Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been named the 2009 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. Congratulations!
You can't really argue or be surprised with the decision in awarding Gerrard this award. In 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool he's weighed in with 15 goals & 7 assists. In the Champions League he's also been impressive on Liverpool's run to the Quarter Finals with 7 goals & 1 assist in 8 appearances. Very good return. We saw as recent as Saturday the value of Gerrard to Liverpool where he scored 2 goals in a 3-0 victory at Upton Park to keep the pressure on Manchester United in the race to the Title.
I was surprised that Nemanja Vidic didn't make the top 3 though, with Ryan Giggs & Wayne Rooney instead rounding off the top 3. Did our heavy defeat to Liverpool where Vidic found life so difficult against Fernando Torres & our coinciding blip weigh in on the decision of the writers? Probably. Ronaldo is top of the goal scoring charts again in the Premier League this season, however early season form due to injury & slowly finding his feet probably worked against him in these decisions.
Frank Lampard is another name I was surprised not to see in closer contention as he's had a fine season with Chelsea & was unlucky not to find himself in another Champions League Final. A constant in the Chelsea side this season he's started 36 games & netted 12 goals with 10 assists. Add to that a very good contribution of 3 goals with 5 assists in a Champions League run which saw them 2 minutes from the Final he could be considered unlucky not to have landed the accolade. A potential F.A. Cup medal may be just as rewarding for Lampard though.
There's so many names to pick from this season & there's a lot of writers with different opinions & their own preferences for their own reasons. It was always going to be a difficult choice. My own opinion was that it was between Gerrard, Lampard & Vidic - the outstanding players this season for the top 3 sides & should have been the top 3 choices. However, 1 of them won & I can't argue, I'm glad one has. Restores a bit of faith in writers out there. So yes, in my view, Gerrard was deserving. Do you agree?