A season passes and with it come awards. We saw much that excited us and much that bored. Super Sunday's passed and we found nothing much to super about them. However, we had the tightest title race in years and also an exciting relegation battle which saw Fulham do the unthinkable by staying up and Manchester United winning the league from Chelsea in second place.
Money and power and the struggle for it was also a big part of the season. Of the 17 clubs to have played in the top flight both this season and last, Liverpool are merely one of half a dozen to be taken over by foreign owners since the start of 2006. All that striving and investment is giving rise to a tight rope EPL.
Aston Villa, with Randy Lerner's cash and Martin O'Neill's acumen, have vaulted from 11th last season to sixth now. No matter how mixed a blessing Thaksin Shinawatra could prove to be, Manchester City have leapt from 14th to ninth. There has been scant rapture at Upton Park, but West Ham, 10th, are five places better off than they were a year ago.
Some, as a consequence, have had to suffer and the avalanche of money has been a factor in sweeping Steve Coppell's side, who were eighth in 2007, back down to the Championship. The processes at work may be unattractive, undesirable or unsustainable, but the Premier League this year was an arena of intensifying ambition and intrigue. It cannot be anything else when so many rich men have put their pride and their cash on the line.
So with that, time to hand out the awards to the men who are paid very high sums to entertain us week in week out.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2007/08
MANAGER OF THE YEAR 2007/08
TEAM OF THE YEAR 2007/08
The award goes to David James, keepers get better with age and at 38 James is proving this theory to be true.
If he had sorted his composure out and a few other things earlier in his career he would have been David Seaman's heir to the England throne, which has yet to be filled even after all these years.
James broke Portsmouth's club record for most clean sheets in a season as well as reaching the FA Cup final. James was also the only player from outside the 'Big Four' to be nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers)
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
Chris Kirkland (Wigan)
Marcus Hahnemann (Reading)
Bacary Sagna of Arsenal gets the nod after his debut season in the EPL. Wenger bought him from Auxerre last summer his injury along with that to Eduardo very much cost Arsenal a real shot at the title which is testament to how good this guy has been.
Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa)
Alan Hutton (Tottenham)
Wes Brown (Manchester United)
Phil Neville (Everton)
I am choosing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand it is hard not to, I like partnerships and Man Utd are lucky once more to have such a class act at the back which I feel many years of success can be built on. I personally cannot stand Rio Ferdinand, I think he is a "wee Jessie" but if Vidic is there then I will be able to put up with Rio who recently stopped trying to be the defensive worlds' answer to David Beckham and instead has settled for a solid defensive role.
Ricardo Carvalho deserves a sentence not just a line, for me he was outstanding and if not for the partnership above, Rio would be gone and I would have had this man.
Martin Laursen (Aston Villa)
Phil Jagielka (Everton)
I could easily have gone for the players listed below but Joleon Lescott is my choice. This guy has the unique ability to score goals as a defender, he has been solid throughout and proved very difficult to get passed.
Patrice Evra (Man Utd)
Gael Clichy (Arsenal
Ronaldo it must be he is a goal machine and the best thing in the Premiership for a long time. Although I can't stand his attitude and to me he is not the best in the world, if it were not for injury that title would sit with the flea' Leo Messi. However, that contest is null and void as both are unique and equally amazing athletes. Ronaldo what a year and Euro 2008 to come what a summer he will have.
David Bentley (Blackburn)
Right Central Midfield
Cesc Fabregas, the Spaniard is immense and we are lucky to be able to watch him week in week out, he contributed the highest number of assists in the Premier League reaching 20 and scored 13 goals this season the kid will be captain next year.
Michael Essien (Chelsea), he is the most powerful and driven midfielder since Roy Keane has been great towards the end of the season.
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
Left Central Midfield
Michael Ballack, he is the man for the big occasion and took Chelsea by the scruff of the neck after Christmas there are many others that could compete for this position but this man has class and influence which when in full flow can match and better anyone else in the world.
Gareth Barry (Aston Villa)
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal now AC Milan)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), must do better against Chelsea and Man Utd.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea), 19 goals this year despite the injuries.
Jimmy Bullard (Fulham)
Tim Cahill (Everton)
Ashley Young, 17 assists and eight goals the former Watford player is now of international class.
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
Alexander Hleb (Arsenal)
Fernando Torres, the Spaniard's performances and goals for Liverpool have been the driving force for the Merseysiders this season. I watched him at Atletico for years and always thought he was clinical but in a poor side. At last he has the chance to shine, a great player, great attitude and I think he will be a double figure striker for years to come.
Emmanuel Adebayor, reached the 30 goal barrier and not many others can claim such a thing, he is potent and a work horse all in one, the new generation of strikers has arrived let us enjoy it.
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
Carlos Tevez (Man Utd)
Robbie Keane (Tottenham)
Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham)
Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn)
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