MD British and Irish Footballer of the Year Award
In a nutshell:
Our annual award to the best player from Great Britain or Ireland.
Awarded to: It's open to any player from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Voted by: Us, midfielddynamo.com
When: At the end of each year.
Worth a mention: 1. We try not to pick the most obvious choice.
| Alan Hutton
(Scotland and Rangers)
| David Healy
(N.Ireland and Fulham)
| Gareth Barry
(England and Aston Villa)
Details : 2007
By the end of 2006 Alan Hutton was a promising right back who had not yet fully established himself in a Rangers side that was in a chaotic state under the management of Paul Le Guen. What a difference 12 months makes. Under Walter Smith Rangers were utterly rejuvenated. One of the key reasons for this was the form of Scotland full back Hutton. Inspirational at times, Hutton developed as arguably the best attacking full back in Britain for some years. He was rightly lauded for an incredible display against Italy in Scotland's Euro 2008 decider, but his level of consistency throughout the year was excellent. He's not quite the finished article - defensively, improvements could be made and Lyon gave him a torrid time as Rangers were despatched out of the Champions League. However, he is our player of the year for 2007 for his transformation as a player. His loyalty to the club is also noteworthy and at the end of the year he turned down the chance to sign for Tottenham, and more than double his salary in the process.
Our runners-up spot goes to David Healy for his incredible goal-scoring feats for Northern Ireland, not just for the sheer amount of goals but for the quality as well. 3rd place goes to Gareth Barry, who's great form for Aston Villa was at last rewarded with some man of the match performances fro England, proving that some of the national team's midfielders do actually know how to control and pass a ball without looking like they're playing in high heels.