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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.