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The 5 Stages of Favorite Players

I'll come right out and say this: James Milner was my favroite player.  Just a few months ago I recieved last season's away shirt with  "Milner" and the number 8 on the back as a Christmas present.  During the season I had a picture of him celebrating a goal as my desktop background.  I joined every dumb, funny group on Facebook praising him.

Now he's off to Man City and I'm left favorite player-less.  Do I go with the seemingly polar opposite in Ashley Young.  Maybe I pick someone like Richard Dunne, a backbone player of this team.  Maybe I go for randomness, and order a Moustapha Salifou kit.


While I'm still confused, I thought I'd go through my stages of who my favorite player was.

Stage 1: The Flashy Goal-Scorer

Most American sports are fairly high-scoring, including my favorite basketball.  Basketball fans aren't normally drawn to the fifth starter who averages 10 points 6 rebounds and 3 assists a game.  Their either drawn to the point guard dishing out flashy assists, the dominant center who runs the post, or the can create a shot out of nowhere shooting guard.  When I found Villa in 2003, I wasn't drawn to a center back, or a holding midfielder.  I went straight for the flashy goal-scorer, and back then there was only 1.

Favorite Player: Juan Pablo Angel (03-04 Season)

 

Stage 2: The Workhorse

As I got more into the game, I realized it wasn't all about scoring goals.  The next stage for me was being drawn to the guy who never stopped going, and was never afraid to put in a long-range effort.  Plus he had a fun name to say, and spoke with a broad German-Birmingham accent.

Favorite Player: Thomas Hitzlsperger (04-05 Season)

   

Stage 3: The Captain

Around this time I started to play out in the park with my friends.  The position I always wanted to be was central midfieler, being a leader, and making the team move.  This was also the low point for Villa, so only one man really came to mind.

Favorite Player: Gareth Barry (05-06, 08-09 Seasons)

 

Stage 4: The Backbone

This was round the time where I came to appreciate a good center back.  He had an awesome beard, and a name that made him sound like a Viking Conquerer.  You can deny this pick.

Favorite Player: Olof Mellberg (07-08 Season)

 

Stage 5: The Key Cog

He's the player that when he's working you're team is near unstoppable, when he's not they're pretty average.  Now he's gone.

Favorite Player: James Milner (09-10 Season)

 

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