Last week saw the biggest travesty since Sophie Reade rejected my marriage proposal, the biggest oversight since the purchase of Manchester City’s trophy cabinet and the biggest mistake since Wayne Bridge muttered the words “John, this is Vanessa.”
It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. All year we have been told how great Samir Nasri is, how good Gareth ‘Best player in the World’ Bale is playing and how Scott Parker is single-handedly trying to keep West Ham in the league.
While others have been getting all the headlines, there is one player who has been setting the league alight. A player who has created more goals than any other player in the Premiership. A player who is playing the best football of his life. That player is of course Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha, Nani to you and me.
In an industry where we are told that results matter. Where managers are sacked because their team don’t win enough games, where players are booed for not scoring enough goals and where a striker with 9 goals this season is sold for £50,000,000 it seems surprising that Nani is not on the list.
So why the oversight you ask? Well, I don’t know.
People say he lacks consistency. This is simply not true. In 27 starts this season he has 9 goals and 16 assists. This means that in almost every game, he is involved in a goal in some way or another (even mastering the pass off the shin technique). Only Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov come close to matching that.
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People say if he was English, or a little bit tougher, he would be on the list. This is not true. Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez are neither English or tough and are on the list.
People say if he found a cure for cancer he would still be hated by most. This is probably true.
It would seem that this year doing well for a big club is a hindrance. If Nani was playing for a smaller club he would probably be on the list. This is why it will probably be a three-way battle between Scott Parker, Charlie Adam and Carlos Tevez.
Nani has had to put up with a lot this season. The GBH by Carragher at Anfield, the verbal GBH by Oliver Holt in The Mirror and GBH of the senses with sharing a dressing room with Anderson. This along with him ‘snubbing the snood’ means he deserves to be Player of the Year.
Nani has outscored most on the PFA Player of the year short-list, set up more goals than anyone on the list and would walk into any team in the Premiership. Despite all this he is not even favourite for PFA Young Player of the Year.
So Nani, keep up the good work. Keep scoring and bring back the somersaults. You’re our player of the year.
(P.S. My Mum says you can come round for your tea any time you want.)