TTU Awards 2012-13: Loan of the Season

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in TTU Awards | 8 Comments
TTU Awards 2012-13: Loan of the Season

Inevitably, Watford Football Club loom large in this first category of the TTU Awards. We’ve followed the Hornets’ link up to Granada and Udinese closely over the past nine months. First, William Abbs drew our attention to the project back in July; then, Matt Rowson helpfully introduced us to the dramatis personae, before Michael Moruzzi provided a spirited defence as the naysayers gathered and our own co-founder Lloyd expressed ennui at the torrent of press coverage.

But in spite of the fact that Matěj Vydra scooped Championship Player of the Season at the Football League Awards in March, it’s been very much a team effort at Vicarage Road and one could argue that Almen Abdi, Joel Ekstrand or Nathaniel Chalobah might be equally as deserving of our recognition.

So in terms of individual impact on a club’s success, our voters generally cast their eyes elsewhere – without Chris Wood‘s 11 goals in 19 games between September and December, Millwall would have been relegated well before the end of the season. Before he arrived, the Lions were struggling to stay above the bottom 3. With the New Zealander in the team, the south Londoners were almost unaccountably in the top 6; without him, they clung onto Championship status by their fingernails.

But for a website where in-person, in-ground viewings of the action have always played the most important role, it’s Jason Banton who emerges as the perhaps surprise winner of the 2012-13 accolade. Despite the fact that even some of his own team-mates don’t consider his contribution to have been significant enough, his 6 goals in 14 matches have arrested Plymouth Argyle’s slide to end all slides and his swagger did nothing less than preserve the Pilgrims’ Football League status.

Mentions too for David McGoldrick, arguably a class apart in League 1 and Kevin Phillips, who proved in the play-off final that even at nearly 40 years old, he still knows how to put the ball in the back of the onion sack. Crystal Palace utilised his services effectively during his temporary stint with fleeting, but at time crucial, appearances – especially at the finish.

2011-12 Winner: Michail Antonio
2010-11 Winner: Fabio Borini
2009-10 Winner: DJ Campbell

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8 Comments

  1. Mr. Chips
    June 4, 2013

    Long time reader, first time poster etc.

    I’d nominate Richard Cresswell’s return to his former club and my team York City on loan under Nigel Worthington as he replaced Double winner Gary Mills with us dropping like a stone and in the opinion of many City fans looking nailed on to slip back into the conference. Cresswell only scored two goals before he got injured and had to return to Sheff U – but it was what he brought to the team and dressingroom, a winning mentality, professionalism and experience that helped Worthington turn around a team low on confidence and morale that hadn’t won a game for 17 matches and put together a run of form in the last 8 games of the season that saw us finish in the lower reaches of mid table. Worthington dubbed Cressie ‘Mr York’ in the paper – richly deserved. Mentions in dispatches for Adam Reed, a classy midfielder on loan from Sunderland who contributed two goals and energy, and Jack O’Connell, a centre half on loan from Blackburn who was asked to fill our problem position of left back under Worthington and did so in a classy and composed way.

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  2. Scabs
    June 4, 2013

    dont know what your talking about, sure chris wood isnt the only player to keep millwall up or getting them in the playoffs halfway through the season, otherwise how did they get into the fa cup semi-final, all millwall lacked is a decent striker in the second half of the season, someone with goals would have taken us right up, dont slate a club you clearly dont watch and see the the amount of chances they create.

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    • Stanley
      June 4, 2013

      As this site’s resident Millwall supporter, you couldn’t be more wrong. The nomination of Chris Wood came from me: I’m a season ticket holder and watched the team home and away all season. It’s not `slating’ the club to state the facts. We won 2 games between August and October, went 13 unbeaten while he played for us and won only 5 more league games after he left in December. Of course, other players contributed to that mid-season run. But the point being made is that Wood made that possible by giving the side a focus and allowing the midfield and full-backs to be more positive. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration at all to say that we would have been relegated without his contribution. Any Millwall supporter who puts aside their anger at him turning us down would have to say the same.

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      • Ben
        June 4, 2013

        Scabs/Stanley: I also nominated Wood – he would have got my vote.

        Zaha was only a loanee as a technicality, really – and he was actually much better in the first half of the season prior to being sold and loaned back (though he did of course come good again in the play-offs).

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  3. putajumperon
    June 4, 2013

    I’d like to nominate Zaha & Phillips but, don’t tell Mr Holloway.

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  4. Lanterne Rouge
    June 4, 2013

    Indeed – Zaha could almost have won every category this year.

    Thanks too for your suggestions – that Richard Cresswell is still knocking around makes me feel young!

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    • Mr. Chips
      June 4, 2013

      Yep, and if rumours are true, we’re trying to persuade him to sign for us permanently this summer, so he could be going for one more season at least…at L2 level still looks good enough to do the business, although I suspect if we do get him he’ll only start one game in three.

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  5. Tim Vickerman
    June 4, 2013

    Might be a LITTLE biased but James Vaughan kept Huddersfield up and hit his best form at the end of the season, when it was most needed. And he missed a fair few games through injury and suspension. Failure to secure a permanent deal will make next season much more difficult.

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