Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has had the best season of his career but still that wasn't good enough to win the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year Award.
Aston Villa's James Milner was named the best young player and quite manifestly Wayne Rooney was named the PFA Player of the Year.
Fabregas, the 2007-08 PFA Young Player Award winner, deserved this honor for the second time for the kind of grit he showed over the course of this season.
The PFA Young Player Award is usually given to players under the age of 23, but Milner is 24—although he was 23 at the start of the season. Possibly, an English player would have got more votes irrespective of the performances. There's always favoritism for English players and in this case it is quite apparent.
Performance-wise, Fabregas was miles ahead of Milner but for some strange reason the players snubbed the best young midfielder in the Premiership.
Fabregas was nominated for the Player of the Year Award too, and Milner was no where near in that category. So, how did a player miss out on the young player award even after being nominated for the best player award?
Fabregas was included in the same brackets as that of Rooney, Drogba, and Tevez—that's some achievement which clearly indicates what kind of season this Spaniard has had. So, it was inexplicable how Milner snatched the award away from the 22-year-old Spaniard, who is younger and better than Milner. What's the meaning of PFA young player award if it's not given to the younger player?
Fabregas had a mixed season with couple of injuries but whenever he was there on the pitch, he made a difference. His cameo against Aston Villa might fetch him the most dramatic performance of the season award, if there is one.
How can someone forget his classic goal against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates when he slalomed past all the obstacles and scored a beauty of a goal. How can anyone forget his assist at Craven Cottage in the tightest of the games? How can someone turn blind towards his goal in the first game of the season at the Goodison Park?
Fabregas scored more goals—in fact 15 goals in 26 starts—and also has more assists than any other player in the Premier League this season.
Comparatively, Milner hasn't missed too many games for Villa this season—in fact he played in 34 games.
Moreover, Milner doesn't even have half the number of goals as Fabregas' even after being the Penalty taker for Aston Villa. In that case, Fabregas too takes penalties for Arsenal but only in the absence of Robin Van Perise.
So, what's the logic in snubbing a player who has more goals and more assists in lesser number of games? It's beyond me. Don't be surprised if Fabregas decided to leave the Premier League for the lack of respect shown towards him.
Fabregas led the young Arsenal team and at 22, leading a big club like Arsenal is some achievement. He's the most inspiring captain of the season and kept the players together even during adversity. His inspiring captaincy was evident in the game against Stoke where Aaron Ramsey was on the receiving end of a brutal tackle.
He has a cool head on his shoulders.
But this year his marvellous performances hasn't yet received any reward as the team yet again failed to grab any silverware thanks to Arsene Wenger. And now the PFA Young Player Award also discounted him and went into the undeserving hands of Milner with a mocking smile straight at Fabregas.
It seems like the PFA Player of the Year Award is only meant for Manchester United players—this is the fourth year running where the honor has gone to a Manchester United player. But Rooney deserved the award for such a brilliant season. Make no mistake about that. But ignoring Fabregas for someone like Milner is a disgrace. Hopefully, some day, we can only hope, Fabregas may get what he deserves.
I hereby unofficially declare that Fabregas is the best young player of the 2009-2010 season in the English Premier League. But who cares for my proclamation?!