Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday May 25 2009
VITAL MANCHESTER CITY'S MAN OF THE SEASON
Without Stephen Ireland's scintillating performances for Manchester City this season we'd be in a dark place this week. He's Vital MC's Man Of The Season...
The quicksilver MCFC Academy graduate who Rocky style, spent last summer kung fu-ing his way around the pennines in an admirable career defining effort has stunned English and Irish football with his brilliance.
The plaudits have rolled in almost weekly for our very own Superman and rightly so.
Our Vital MC Man of The Match Awards have proved a popular feature for the second season running and as with last year's victor Elano, they have given an accurate insight into how the City squad has performed and who is putting a shift in.
Stevie should be signing a well merited and vastly improved new City contract this summer and for Planet Blue, that day cannot come quick enough.
But right now is the time for the bedazzling Irishman to take a well earned rest and weigh up his future. Will he return to The Republic side before too long? Only time will tell, but for now, the Emerald Isle's loss is most certainly Manchester City's continuing gain.
A special mention should also go out to second placed Shaun Wright-Phillips who took time out from a mad busy schedule to talk to Vital MC this year. He has breathed fire into the City side since he came home from Chelsea and remains a key member of the England Squad.
Finally, in joint third place we find a third Academy graduate in Nedum Onuoha alongside the popular heroics of Pablo Zabaleta. The no nonsense and rapidly improving Onuoha has been sensational. So many of his interventions in the second half of the season have been more than invaluable. Zaba's versatile, never say die attitude has won the hearts of Blues worldwide and he's going to be a big player for City in the seasons to come.
So raise your mouse in a toast to Superman, SWP, Ned and Zaba!
The Vital MC Man Of The Season Final Table
1. Stephen Ireland, 11 MOTM Awards
2. Shaun Wright-Phillips, 9
3= Nedum Onuoha, 5
3= Pablo Zabaleta, 5
Shay Given, 4
De Souza Robinho, 3
Elano Blumer, 3
Micah Richards, 3
Vincent Kompany, 3
Richard Dunne, 1
Craig Bellamy, 1
Nigel De Jong, 1
Daniel Sturridge, 1
Felipe Caicedo, 1
Joe Hart, 1
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Date:Monday May 25 2009
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