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Player of the season

9 April 2009 by

Unfortunately, the football season is ending with only a handful of games left for some clubs. That only means one thing to vote for your clubs ‘Player of the season’.

With Steven Gerrard looking favourite to win Liverpool’s, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake appearing to scoop the Wolves category and anyone in the Aston Villa team can win their player of the season.

This year Bournemouth’s choice would definitely not be a straight forward one.

Many people will have their own opinions about the season, starting with poor performances and not getting off to good start. The second half of the season has been a welcome improvement for AFC Bournemouth, climbing out of the relegation zone with some individuals shining in various games.

After losing Jo Kuffour to Bristol Rovers and Darren Anderton’s retirement halfway through the season was a big blow. In January Steve Fletcher’s decision to rejoin to continue his legendary status was a major boost. Anton Robinson and Liam Feeney joined the club from Weymouth and Salisbury respectively, which added competition to midfield places.

Sadly I am not going to consider these players as they haven’t been here the whole season, although they have made an impact to the club’s season.

Shaun Cooper

A midfielder by trade but has been operating as a central defender throughout this term, and has been looking solid throughout the season. Made captain after Anderton’s departure and which is fully deserved. His passing skills allow Bournemouth to build from the back, his long range passes normally find the head of the strikers, mainly Steve Fletcher . Made some great tackles and interceptions, which allowed Bournemouth to build on good performances and take home the points.

Jason Pearce

Cooper’s central defensive partner and has made his presence felt at the back, with some great clearances and tackles and also his strong defensive knowledge. He has also made a difference up front after scoring 3 goals from set pieces, one a winner in the FA cup against Bristol Rovers. He is the current most appearance leader, this shows how important he has been in the red and blacks relegation battle this season.

Mark Molesley

His first season with the club after signing permanently, after his loan period ran out. Made his debut against Shrewsbury but stood out away at Luton, scoring two goals in the all important relegation battle. He’s filled in at some positions that he’s not used to and managed to turn in a performance. Those positions are right back, centre and right midfield and also up front which just shows his versatility.

Danny Hollands

Last year’s winner started off slow this season, after having surgery on a niggling injury. His spirited play and tough tackling makes him a fans favourite, which also seems to encourage the rest of the squad. Scored six goals this season with good finishes, a player who just as influential going forward as going back.

Brett Pitman

The striker who has an indifferent season performing when up front, who hasn’t impressed when on the wing. The striker has scored 14 goals this season, making him comfortably the clubs top scorer. The high point was against Rochdale when he scored a hat trick in the 4-0 win over the promotion contenders. The low point this term would have to be being sent off against Blyth Spartans in the FA cup, effectively ending their chances of dream tie against Blackburn.

There are other players that could win the competition such as Marvin Bartley, Shwan Jalal and possibly Lee Bradbury.

If I was to cast a vote, my vote would go to Jason Pearce with Shaun Cooper coming close. I believe Pearce is great defender, which has increased his reputation by puttiing in some encouraging performances. He has also looked comfortable coming up against the league’s best strikers and dealt with them efficiently.

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