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There will be no Player of the Year at Aston Villa this season

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Aston Villa won’t be holding an end-of-season awards event, which is probably for the best.

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Fear not, fellow Aston Villa supporters — we don’t have to figure out a supporters’ player of the year after this disastrous campaign! That was the news that broke today when the club confirmed there would be no end-of-season awards ceremony for the second year running, meaning the club will go without a supporters’ player of the year.

To be fair, this is probably for the best. Given the options, we probably would’ve been pursuing a more hilarious award than we got in 2012, when Stephen Ireland (seriously) won supporters’ player of the year because of one performance. Which, mind you, was a great one that led Villa past Chelsea, but still.

I mean, think about it — I can only see three real candidates…

  1. Jordan Amavi is the actual best player to put on the claret and blue this term, but he also played in 10 games. So… no.
  2. Jordan Ayew is probably the other actual best player on the team, and one of the few guys that’ve actually made a positive contribution on the pitch with his six goals, a couple of which have been pretty sublime. But his sending off at West Ham early in a pivotal match Feb. 2 derailed Villa’s chance of pushing for survival.
  3. Idrissa Gana has had a really solid year, too, but it’s kind of hard to justify the player of year award going to a midfielder who hasn’t been a threat — at all — in the attacking third. Gana’s first assist came Saturday against Bournemouth (and it was Ayew who made that goal) and he hasn’t scored in the League.
So yeah, the other option was a joke, but really, who would’ve been funny? N’Zogbia? I guess? An aside: I’ve genuinely forgotten Scott Sinclair exists, despite him starting Saturday and five of the last eight matches.

Good call from Villa, because there was no way this was ending well.