Writer: Mike Field
Date:Monday April 26 2010
Ladies and Gentleman of Vital Villa, raise your hands in appreciation for the newest PFA Young Player of the Year...I give you James 'Milly/the Millyman/the Millymeister' Milner.
Quite why the PFA waited until most people are in bed before announcing what we all knew, Milly is a God, I don't know - failing that it's because I wasn't paying attention.
Either way our midfield dynamo has a second reason to celebrate tonight, not only did he bag the winning goal against Blues earlier today, he has now officially followed Ashley Young and secured the PFA Young Player of the Year tag which means our little Referee at Wembley hated club keeps the title for a second year running.
Ignoring the politicised nature of these awards, for a change it was genuinely a tight competition. Any of those in the final running could have won, Joe Hart, a keeper I doubt any fan wouldn't welcome a B6. Fabregas, Rooney, their talent needs no comment afterall.
But Milly won through, quite rightly. So we should all bow our heads and run into a brick wall to pay homage to the 'lad' who seems to have been around for as long as Rooney and cynically does help redefine the word 'young'.
A reason for an extra pint (us you understand, Milly is far too professional to imbibe alcohol) is he also made the PFA Team of the Year, and joins (much to Mark Hughes' annoyance) Richard Dunne in the coveted 11.
Rooney obviously took Metatarsal of the Year, replacing Michael Owen who was sadly too injured to enter. But for clarity I should also add he also took Player of the Year, Rooney, not Owen obviously.
But back to Milner.
A thoroughly deserved award, not only for his efforts this year in the claret and blue but also for his efforts when called upon by England.
Fabio Capello was right for more than one reason when he said Milly was 'our future, my future'.
Too many premaddona players thesedays, the bank account seems to be all that matters and outside of football shagging, gambling, drinking, clubbing is all important - dare I say it appears more important than the football.
In the days of celebrity footballers James doesn't actually stand out...in the papers, he needs no super injunction - he needs no gossip. He focuses on what is right and what is important...his career while he has it - he can enjoy life fully after that.
If all players were that sensible, maybe more fans wouldn't have an issue with the money in the game.
That said, if they all did that Milner possibly wouldn't be as well respected or as loved as he is. I'm not sure what I'd prefer, suffice to say this is a well deserved award and for youngsters looking out for a proper role model, you should look no further than James.
You are applauded Sir.
Date:Monday April 26 2010
Vlaar - We Still Need A Win (Saturday April 19 2014)
Lambert Hails Huge Southampton Point (Saturday April 19 2014)
U21 Manchester City Clash Set (Saturday April 19 2014)
Stats: Aston Villa v Southampton (Saturday April 19 2014)
Do Villa Need Another Point To Be Safe? (Friday April 18 2014)
Something For The Weekend (459) (Friday April 18 2014)
Lawro Fence Sitting - Doom Returns For Mystic Mug (Friday April 18 2014)
How Many Points Will Villa Get To End Of Season? (Friday April 18 2014)
Deeney In, Helenius Out? (Thursday April 17 2014)
Lambert Upbeat Ahead Of Saints Clash (Thursday April 17 2014)
|1.||Pride of Lions||913|
|6.||Villan Of The North||207|
|Crystal Palace||1||-||0||Aston Villa|
|Man Utd||4||-||1||Aston Villa|
|12. West Ham||35||10||7||18||-10||37|
|14. Hull City||33||10||6||17||-6||36|
|15. Aston Villa||34||9||8||17||-14||35|
|Monk's Reaction After Vital Newcastle Win
» Swansea : 19/04/2014 22:00:00
|Pardew: We Should Have Won Against Swansea
» Swansea : 19/04/2014 21:56:00
|Mel - A Good Week Of Training
» WBA : 19/04/2014 21:24:00
|Finishing Annoys Pochettino
» Southampton : 19/04/2014 21:05:00
|Duo In PFA Nominations
» Southampton : 19/04/2014 20:53:00
|Pulis - We Don't Get The Credit We Deserve
» Crystal Palace : 19/04/2014 20:34:00
|Ole - Soft Penalty Galvanised Us
» Cardiff : 19/04/2014 20:12:00