TTU Awards 2012-13: Young Player of the Season

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in TTU Awards | 6 Comments
TTU Awards 2012-13: Young Player of the Season
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When we announced the winner of the loan signing of the season on Tuesday, friend of the blog and author of The Long Way, A. E. Greb mischievously commented that Wilfried Zaha could perhaps have been in contention.

As I remarked at the time, the Ivorian born youngster would have been a worthy winner of a number of our awards but as it turned out, he was always going to be a shoo-in for the Young Player accolade.

You’ll hear plenty of sour grapes from opposition supporters about Zaha, but, the truth is, he is that damn good. Pretty much every defence in last season’s Championship was torn to pieces by him at least once. Possessing great balance, he can finish, he can cross, and his awareness off the ball improved as the season went on.

He has a petulant streak that needs to be tamed, but he is always aggressive and competitive, unlike the unreliable Adel Taarabt, to whom some have compared him. Zaha’s performances in the play-offs showed that he has the attributes required of a Premier League player.

In a League bursting with young talent, others worth mentioning are Nakhi Wells, Paddy Madden, Kortney Hause, Charlie Austin, Liam Bridcutt, Dwight Gayle, Tom Ince, Jordan Rhodes and Kieran Trippier, these last two also mentioned in our 2011-12 summary.

2011-12 winner: Nick Powell
2010-11 winner: Elliott Bennett
2009-10 winner: Gylfi Sigurà°sson

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  1. BiasedRam
    June 6, 2013

    I may be biased, but Jeff Hendrick is worthy of a mention – he’s been a regular at Derby for a couple of years now and is looking better all the time. He’s especially improved in the last year, becoming more consistent, and now I’d say he’s one of our stand-out players. He definitely deserves the international call-ups he’s had lately. Hopefully Will Hughes can resist the temptation of life under Alan Pardew for a couple more years and follow in his footsteps – he’s undoubtedly gifted but could be mercurial last season, so hopefully he’ll come into a new season with more experience and really push on.

    • Lanterne Rouge
      June 6, 2013

      Absolutely worth a mention James – he’s been really impressive for a couple of seasons now and really solid too for a youngster. Great to see him come on at Wembley. Do you feel confident for Derby next season – really admirable how they have stuck with the manager.

      • BiasedRam
        June 6, 2013

        Quietly confident, I’d say – from Clough II’s four full seasons so far we’ve had two lower mid-table/relegation fights followed by two solid, comfortable top half finishes, so if we were to continue with this steady progress we could start pushing towards the play-offs soon. My major concern is that while I’m happy with our starting eleven we don’t have much strength in depth, but the board are talking about holding onto our best players and bringing in reinforcements, so it looks like that’s being addressed.

  2. Ben
    June 6, 2013

    Liam Bridcutt an excellent shout, and I’d also forgotten about Hendrick and Hughes at Derby. While Hughes might be a good investment for the future for my lot (Newcastle), I don’t think he’d be ready for the first team – perhaps best to buy him and loan him straight back.

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