TTU Awards 2010/2011: Loan of the Season
Like Achilles’ ankles or Steffi Graf’s backhand, Swansea City’s weakness over the past few seasons of approximate excellence has been all too obvious. Jason Scotland was the key fulcrum for a time, but the goals for column has rarely been a totalizer at the Liberty. That all ended this Spring when Brendan Rodgers – he of the Big League contacts – took a drive down Fulham Broadway and came back with a pearl of an Italian in Fabio Borini – a darting, dynamite presence who announced his arrival with a double in a 3-2 win over future play off rivals Nottingham Forest. After 6 in 9 matches, his departure to Parma will hurt.
Additional mentions to Cody McDonald: even though his goals weren’t enough to take the Gills up, they will certainly be enough to relaunch his League career, Red Devils Nicky Ajose and James Chester, who shone at Bury and Carlisle respectively, Benik Afobe at Huddersfield, Deane Smalley at Chesterfield and Mikele Leigertwood, a colossal presence as Reading nearly made it back to the Premier League.
Lastly, John Obika dragged Yeovil out of the mire after being woeful at Swindon while on the curiosities front, Reece Brown, 12 years the junior of his brother Wes turned out in the claret and amber of Bradford City – to little distinction, it must be said.
Last year’s winner: DJ Campbell