I AM fortunate to have been invited to the Everton Player of the Year dinner on Thursday.
But as has been the case all season, I’m sure we won’t have to look much further than the left side of our defence for the winner.
Tim Howard has had another good year, Phil Neville has been his usual steady, dependable self, but Sylvain Distin has been an outstanding performer – even during the rough times we experienced before Christmas – while Leighton Baines may not have hit the heights quite as regularly as he did last season, but has still been a top class performer.
Personally I believe it’s a shame for Leon Osman that the season hasn’t got another four or five matches to go.
The psychology of awards voting means that recent performances tend to have more of an effect on the judgement of voters than more distant displays, and Leon has undoubtedly been our outstanding performer in the last 12 games.
That spell represents his longest run in the team this year, and started with the memorable victory at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup replay.
It’s no coincidence that his sparkling run has coincided with the team’s run of fine form.
If the season was longer I suspect he would have to be a serious contender.