What a season. Great opening and an even better final sequence which shattered the 'difficult run-in' theory. So much to consider and so little time, but here goes for an overview.
Plenty to choose from: Arsenal or Chelsea in the run in or the two games against Man.City which clinched the points and gave us the moral authority to claim top four. I go for Chelsea who were Champions in waiting but were forced to waita little longer. An excellent all round performance of style and grit.
Again plenty of choice which gives a clue to the emotional roller coaster we have been on. Liverpool or Sunderland away or the semi final against Portsmouth. Oh and there was Burnley of course. I go for Liverpool away when we seem to have given up before we even arrived at Anfield. Technically knownas a 'failure to turn up'
Gomes or Bale, both players who have came back from the dead or the ever dependable Dawson. Modric King and Lennon missed too much of the season to qualify. In the end I go for Gomes whose performances probably earned us more points than even the boy Bale managed. His absence at Burnley gave a clue to the impact he has made. Helped us into 4th and himself into the Brazil
Modric didn't score many but the two at Everton and Burnley were fine strikes Huddlestone doesn't do tap ins either. Danny Rose gets the vote though for the impact of his strike against Arsenal on our season and possibly his career. Imagine scoring the best goal of your life after only 10 minutes on your debut
Most improved player.
Bentley certainly bucked his ideas up but Kaboul was the big surprise at the
end of the season. Just a pity that Harry didn't trust him against Man.Utd.
Most Disappointing player
Wilson Palacios, who never quite fulfilled the expectation and hope placedupon him by those willing him to be the new Dave Mackay. But then who could? Perhaps the arrival of Sandro, or whoever, will enable him to re-focus his attention. At the moment barely an upgrade on the much maligned Zokora.
Wilson Palacios with pace.
This is a new award and goes to Jermain Defoe for his master-pass for Bale's winning goal against Arsenal. I make this award in the hope that it encourageshim to try it more often.
Absent friends award
Robbie Keane our Friend in the North; Jonathon Woodgate dragging his groin round the medical centres of the world; Carlo Cudicini head over handle-bars probably into football oblivion: our thoughts are with you all at this time.
Now referred to as the 'JJ Trophy'. Peter Crouch is the clear winner this season. With his awkward style, few but often critical goals, his bad influence on our playing style he makes me eat my words every time I write him off, which is quite often.
JimmyG2 Special Award
This year goes to Roman Pavlyuchenko, a player I really like and who I petitioned Harry about for some months before he stopped doing whatever it was that upset Harry and got himself back into the team where he proceeded to make a fool of all his critics. Unfortunately he caught the same non scoring virus as all our other strikers and might well leave us rather than Crouch, this summer. There I go again.
Goes to Harry Redknapp. Obvious really. We have improved considerably ever since Harry arrived. He inherited a good squad and by simple strategies has led us out of relegation to edge of the the Champions' League. Two from eight to the verge of great'. Blips and errors on the way but hey this is
Tottenham. Nobody's perfect, but I have changed from a doubter to a true believer in 18 months. As with all the best magicians I am not quite sure how he does it.
More thoughts later as they occur to me. Got to put in some brownie points work now as the World Cup and the Champions' League qualifiers eat into gardening, decorating, shopping, holidaying and generally pretending that there is actually another world out there beyond the pitch.
I will once again pledge to ignore transfer speculation though this promises to be more hyper than usual and just as irritating and frustrating as ever. Happy non Tottenham time to you all.