PL left winger of the season – Villa, Everton and Bolton stars take your bow!


Football FanCast columnist Adam Daley continues
his investigation into the Premier League team of the season by focusing on the
left side of midfield.
 

A problem position for some with left footed
players being rarer than right, but for those who do get it right the left winger
can be the spear head of any attack. In this review I will reveal some of the
best left wingers in the Premier League this season…

Ashley Young

He is the PFA's Young Player of the Year and was nothing short of deadly
for Aston Villa in the first half of their campaign. As Villa dropped form
later so did Young, but not enough that he wasn't still a threat. With seven
league goals he's racked up a decent tally, but it has been his 9 assists that
have made him such a weapon. He's also been particularly useful when it comes
to winning free kicks and corners for Villa.

Once described as 'world class' by manager Martin
O'Neil, Young is quick and skilful with a great eye for a pass and a rather
decent crossing ability. He won two player of the month awards this season, one
for September and one for December, after really flaunting his exploits in some
terrific performances for Villa. This also made him the first player ever to
win three player of the month awards in a year after winning one in April of the
season before. Young's biggest asset is his flair and it is this that has made
him such a force in the Premier League this season.

 

Matthew Taylor

This season Taylor has been Bolton's Mr consistent, and with 10 league
goals he has been an asset in attack. This goal tally is the first time that
Taylor has scored double figures in a Premier League season. He also scored the
50th goal of his career in early October against West Ham, in what
has been one of the best seasons that Taylor has ever had. Calls for Taylor to
be tested in the England squad have been ongoing throughout his career, though
they have been given added strength by his excellent performances this season.

Taylor is famed largely through his often terrific shooting ability that
has won him a number of wonder goals through the years. Taylor also has a
decent amount of pace and skill, and is a particularly hard working player who
will often go the distance to help his teams cause. This season his presence
has made Bolton a more dangerous side, and his consistency has meant that he
has rarely ever put a foot wrong. All in all he's a terrific player in terrific
form and well deserving of a spot amongst the top three left wingers of the
season.

 

Steven Pienaar

Pienaar is a player that has got better and better as the season has
gone on. In particular he has formed a pretty solid link with Baines on the
left for Everton that has proved to be a definite asset. Pienaar hasn't scored
as many as other left wingers this season with only 2 goals, but what he's
lacked on the score sheet he's made up for in tenacity. Everton club captain
Phill Neville has gone far enough to say that "He has been our best player by an absolute mile."

Pienaar's prized attribute for Everton this season has been his desire
to win the ball. This desire has helped to put Everton on the front foot time
and time again, and has contributed well to Everton's Europa League spot
finish. The quality of the two goals he scored have shown that he does have a
ability to finish, and will probably look to improve on that next season. In
all he's turned out to be an excellent replacement for the injured Arteta and
looks set to have a good career ahead of him at Everton.