Re: 2011-12 English Premier League Discussion Thread
On Britton, valid points have been made by both Seb & Andre. The position Britton plays is vital to a lot of successful teams nowadays. His job is to retain the ball, and retaining the ball is hugely important to any team. It tires the opposition, it stretches teams, it allows chances to be created & most importantly it is one one of the best defensive tools a team has. Britton is excellent at what he does, but I don't think he does enough to be considered the best player in the league for his position. For example, compare Arteta & Britton, both play the same position for their sides albeit in different ways. In the PL, Britton on average makes 63 passes per game with a 93.1% PA. Arteta on average plays 79.5 passes per game with a PA of 90.1%. I'm also fairly sure Arteta has played the most passes in the league, and the most accurate ones. Both very impressive, but considering Arteta is a lot more ambitious with his passing and gets forward more it's no surprise there's a drop in PA. Arteta does a lot more defensive work than Britton too, he makes tackles and interceptions more often and has also chipped in with 6 goals and 2 assists in the league, not a bad tally for someone who plays as our deepest midfielder. Arteta is the better player in my eyes, but I've been an admirer of Britton this season. On Swansea as a whole, possession is great; but only if used efficiently. Case in point they dominated Newcastle in terms of possession, but how many times did they look like really scoring? There was little off the ball movement or on the ball creativity to ever make them look like scoring. Newcastle had no plan to go there and play football, because it's not going to happen 9 times out of 10. Newcastle were clinical with the couple of chances they had and walked out well worthy of their win, because their gameplan worked better than Swansea's, as simple as that. Compare it to Arsenal who overran City in terms of possession and they are very different games, we always looked threatening and used the ball well regardless of poor finishing. To Seb's question, yes, some teams have had more possession than Swansea at the Liberty: QPR(!), United, Chelsea (58%!) & Norwich.
EDIT: Shocked Chamberlain is a PFA YPOTY nominee. Ridiculous. If you're going to give it to an Arsenal player Theo is far more deserving. Aguero will win anyway, which is dumb. It should be 21 and under, 23 year olds commonplace as quality players these days, and considering he was £38m... not exactly a young emerging talent.
PFA Player of the Year nominees: Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, Scott Parker, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, David Silva. Just as ridiculous: Scott Parker being a nominee. Who the fuck did this list? Two shocking lists there.
Last edited by D'Angelo; 04-16-2012 at 12:09 PM.