TTU Awards 2011-12: Bargain Buy of the Season

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in TTU Awards | 4 Comments
TTU Awards 2011-12: Bargain Buy of the Season

The list of nominees was long for the second in our eponymous yearly awards. Joe Mason, a regular starter and scorer for Cardiff; Kevin Nolan, hardly cheap, but still value for money; Rhoys Wiggins, who’s developed into by far and away the best left-back in League 1 over the course of the season after Charlton had snaffled him for a modest fee; and Crawley’s quick and dirty turnover of Tyrone Barnett were all heralded as good pieces of business up and down the leagues.

Elsewhere, the electric Ricardo Vaz Te would be described as a corking 2011-12 purchase by Tykes and Hammers both, while Maxime Blanchard’s Player of the Season award at Plymouth following his free transfer reflected his weighty contribution to the Pilgrims’ heartening survival.

The list doesn’t stop there. The impressive Lee Miller – described as no less than “the best player at Brunton Park in 10 years” by our Cumbrian correspondent – cost Carlisle nothing, with former employers Middlesboro having agreed to pay some of his wages to boot. The free transfer of Jack Midson – the star of the Not So Secret Footballer feature over on The 72 – to AFC Wimbledon was remarked upon too. Without his goals, the Dons might have given Hereford and Macclesfield some competition for the bottom slots, one contributor suggested.

Yet Jason Roberts, vital in Reading’s remarkable finish, clinches this year’s silverware. Although the fee paid for the 5 Live jockey is protected under the shroud of the ‘undisclosed’, it can’t have been significant compared with the catalyzing effect that he had in Berkshire. Leading the line like a rich man’s Barry Hayles, Roberts barnstormed Reading towards a wholly unanticipated Championship title and it’ll be fascinating to see whether he can continue in the same fashion back in the division where he belongs.

2010-11 Winner: Scott Sinclair
2009-10 Winner: Darren Ambrose

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4 Comments

  1. Jimmy
    June 2, 2012

    Roberts scored six goals in 17 games, Vaz Te 10 in 15 games, including the goal that sent West Ham up. Vaz Te cost just £500k. Your decision makes zero sense.

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  2. Jimmy
    June 2, 2012

    Oh and I just noticed that the apparently non-partisan website appears to be run by a Reading fan, hence the Roberts award. Makes more sense now, but perhaps you should change your strap line fellas! Good luck next season and see you in the premiership!

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  3. Lloyd
    June 3, 2012

    Fair play, Jimmy, you’re probably half right although in fairness Roberts was nominated by a few different writers who were impressed by Reading’s upturn in form following his arrival.

    And I’d question the suggestion that a player’s effectiveness should be measured alone by goals scored. Roberts’ impact was much greater than that at Reading.

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  4. Pigo
    June 3, 2012

    Yes, it’ll be interesting to see how the two of them fare in the Prem next season. I agree that Roberts should have played more in the top league than he has done in recent years, but Vaz Te still has the suspicion of a player who is outstanding in the Championship but ill-equipped for the Premier League. That’s all just prejudice of course, and he does seem to have come on quite a bit since he was flattering for Bolton, but time will tell. I agree with Lloyd that goals-per-million is not an unfailing gauge of a signing’s impact. We’ve all known that player who somehow gets into double figures by knocking in consolations or bumming-in accidental ones. Not suggesting that Vaz Te is that player at all, by the way, as I’ve always carried a bit of a torch for him.

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