The Offside Rule Oscars – Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas pick up awards
By Harriet Drudge.
Following on from the most recent Offside Rule Podcast where as it’s awards season the team handed out some awards of their own for the Premier League.
Leading Male: Harry Kane
Having exploded on to the Premier League scene with 16 goals and a total tally of 23 goals in all competitions so far this season, Leading Male goes to Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane.
The 21-year-old has had a whirlwind first season as a regular in the Spurs side: a hat-trick, scoring the winner in the north London derby and even taking one for the team by donning the gloves in the Europa League.
Take a bow, Mr Kane. And exit stage left.
Best Supporting Male: Cesc Fabregas
His return to the Premier League screen irked some of his old admirers, but sitting atop of the assist chart secured Best Supporting Male for Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard has set up a staggering 15 goals in the Premier League this season and despite stiff competition from Angel di Maria and Stewart Downing, The Offside Rule Podcast Oscar is awarded to the former Arsenal captain.
Best Director: Ronald Koeman
With a number of player departures and murmurings of a potential relegation battle before the season started, under the direction of Ronald Koeman, Southampton find themselves battling it out as serious contenders for a top four finish.
The Dutchman has worked wonders at St Mary’s, creating a united team and a united philosophy.
The decision on Best Director was unanimous… come on down, Ronald Koeman!
Box Office Hit: Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich
A must-win match on Match Week 5 of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, defeat would have made it nearly impossible for Manchester City to progress through to the knockout stages.
Trailing 2-1 with just five minutes to go, enter stage right: Sergio Aguero, for yet more 3-2 drama at the Etihad.
An opportunistic equaliser followed by a spectacular winner for City, Aguero’s heroics sees the Premier League champions take home the gong for Box Office Hit.
Best Animation: Andy Carroll
The Best Animation Award goes to a player whose career is littered with drama.
He became the most expensive British player ever following his move from Newcastle to Liverpool for £35m in 2011, but after a torrid time at Anfield, he headed for the bright lights of London.
In a West Ham shirt, the striker has suffered a number of injuries, his most recent ruling him out until the end of the season having only played 14 games.
Just as he was hitting some form, he gets injured again. You may have guessed it, but the award for Best Animation goes to: Andy Carroll.
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