|The Fury said:
Yeah, I know what you mean, top flight means tougher opponents and all that so maybe 2nd division might not be a good scale but just because they haven't been signed by a big club doesn't mean they weren't fantastic for their team and the league they were in.
Let's put this as an example, James Rodriguez in on that list. Sure he did well in the world cup but generally he's not done that well in the French league before his big money move. in the 13/14 season (based on stats from this website: http://www.espnfc.com/ ) he got 15 goals and 14 assists for Monaco and his country in 50 games. Impressive right? But it's not if you look at Wayne Rooney, who isn't on the list, he got in 49 games 24 goals and 19 assists. If it's based on personal achievement, already it fails because it's not representative on the player but the teams success too.
Another good example, new Southampton player Tadic, last season in 44 games he got 22 goals and 14 assists, just because he's playing in the Dutch league for Twente and now Saints means his personal stats should be ignored? He's playing top flight football in both the Netherlands and England as well as for his country.
The competition is favouritism sadly.
Well, Rooney, just because he was on a shite team doesn't mean he wasn't good. Yaya, definitely and Aguero was far better than half that list above.
Dunno about Rodriguez, I don't watch the French league so it may be that he did also play really well there. Although, stats aren't really everything, especially since Rodriguez is more of a midfielder so it would make sense that he doesn't score as many goals as a striker (Rooney). Although I expect a lot of the reason he was nominated was because of the World Cup.
As for Tadic... the Dutch league just isn't as good as the Premier League so it would make sense that players from there have a tough time getting nominated for awards. Some of the teams there are probably on par with 2nd division teams from the top European leagues. This is evident with Dutch clubs performance in European competitions, the top Dutch clubs just aren't any where near the top English, Spanish, German etc clubs. Also there are plenty of players that have got brilliant stats in weaker leagues like the Dutch league and then when moving to a big league just aren't good enough and can't perform there.
I think you may be focusing on stats a bit much as well. It isn't an award for top goalscorer or most assists, it's for best overall player. It's also voted on by International coaches and players so that should hold a bit of weight. I would assume when they are voting they are thinking, which player would I least want in the opposition team and most want on my team, at least I hope they think that when they vote. That also does mean there is probably quite a bit of favouritism, but hey it's better than Blatter being the one to choose who gets the award
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